Let’s play two
The Truckee High baseball team proved Saturday that it can win in ways beyond the small ball approach its coach cites as a strength.
While the Wolverines executed squeeze bunts, stole bases nearly at will and scored key runs on heads-up hustle plays to defeat the visiting Incline Highlanders 9-5 in Game 2 of their doubleheader, the young Truckee team showed pop at the plate and dominating pitching to earn a 12-2 rout in Game 1.
Starting the first game for the Wolverines was sophomore Justin Vosburgh, who baffled Incline hitters, striking out six and allowing just three hits and two earned runs in five innings of work ” the game went only five innings because of the 10-run mercy rule.
Sophomore Michael Taylor and junior Pablo Esquivel provided the power at the plate, as each muscled a home run out of the park. Trevor Allen came up a home run short of hitting for the cycle in the first game, going 3-for-4 with two RBIs on a single, double and triple. Sophomore catcher Kevin Decker was 2-for-3 with two RBIs, Andrew Mazzini was 1-for-3 with a double, Vosburgh 1-for-2 with a double, Paco Ruiz 1-for-2 and John Depew 1-for-1. Decker and Allen each had a stolen base.
Truckee head coach Mike Ellis said the Wolverines would have had a higher number of stolen bases had they not been crushing so many balls off the outfield fence. That was not the case in the second contest.
During a game in which the Wolverines had to come back from two runs down twice ” they trailed 2-0 in the third inning and again 4-2 in the fifth ” Truckee relied largely on speed and aggressiveness on the basepaths. As a result, the Wolverines swiped 15 bases while taking an extra 90 feet whenever the opportunity presented itself.
Senior Paco Ruiz started on the mound in Game 2, striking out four batters and allowing two runs in four innings before Brendan Driscoll came on to start the fifth. Mazzini came in for relief after Driscoll walked the first batter he faced and hit the second to put two on with no outs. Mazzini went on to complete the game, picking up the win in three innings of work, striking out four and allowing three runs, only one of which was earned.
Offensively, Allen went 1-for-3 with an RBI and three stolen bases, Ruiz was 1-for-2 with a stolen base, Pablo Esquivel 1-for-2 with two stolen bases and an RBI, Cruz Esquivel 1-for-3 with a stolen base and Depew 1-for-3 with two stolen bases. Vosburgh also had three stolen bases and Mazzini one.
“We’re just gonna build on both these wins because it’s all uphill from here,” Ellis said, referring to the Wolverines’ remaining league schedule. “We’ve got our work cut out for us.”
Truckee plays at Quincy on Wednesday at 3 p.m., then hosts Dayton for a league doubleheader on Saturday at 11 a.m. and 1 p.m.
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