Prep baseball players voted to all-league
Five High baseball players earned Northern 3A all-league recognition for their play during the 2007 season.
The teams were voted on by Northern 3A coaches.
Seniors Andrew Mazzini and Paco Ruiz were voted to the all-league second team, Mazzini at shortstop and Ruiz as a starting pitcher, while sophomore Justin Vosburgh made the second team as a first baseman.
Junior second baseman Trevor Allen and sophomore catcher Kevin Decker earned honorable mention recognition.
– Mazzini hit the ball hard from start to finish. The end result was a .400 batting average in league play ” .425 in non-league competition ” with three home runs on the season, nine doubles and 19 RBIs. A clutch cleanup hitter and team leader, Mazzini also swiped 10 bases and played solid defense at shortstop.
“He was awesome,” Truckee head coach Mike Ellis said of Mazzini and his defense. “He was probably the best shortstop in the league.”
– Ruiz had emerged as the Wolverines’ go-to starting pitcher before academic issues cut short his season. Still, the senior compiled a 5-2 league record with an impressive 39 strikeouts in 34 innings and an ERA of 3.88. An outfielder when not pitching, Ruiz batted .380 in league and .400 in non-league games.
– Vosburgh, who played both first base and third as well as pitcher, hit .416 in league and .415 in non-league play. The sophomore hit one home run and six doubles, drove in 20 runs and stole nine bases. From the mound, Vosburgh finished with a 2-2 record with 24 strikeouts in 25 innings and a 4.80 ERA.
– Taking over the catching position from brother Scott, a 2006 Truckee High grad and all-league player himself, Kevin Decker hit .307 in league play with 11 RBIs and eight stolen bases.
– Truckee’s leadoff hitter, Allen stole 23 bases while collecting 12 RBIs. The second baseman finished with a .289 average in league play.
The Wolverines ” a young team with five seniors, seven juniors, three sophomores and one freshman ” finished 9-7 in league and 17-15 overall.
With 11 players returning next season, Ellis holds high hopes that Truckee again will be well represented in all-league selections.
“They’re gonna be lights out,” Ellis said of his players.
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