Sweep sends Wolverines to 8th-straight win
Northern LEague standings
Spring Creek 15-6
Churchill County 15-6
South Tahoe 15-6
North Valleys 9-10
The Truckee baseball team further separated themselves from the rest of the Class 3A Northern League last weekend, taking a three-game sweep of Elko.
With six games left in the regular season, the defending Class 3A state champions now hold a four-game lead for first place in the league standings.
Due to the condition of Truckee’s field following this past winter, the series was held at North Valleys High School in Reno, beginning with a Friday evening tilt.
Truckee junior Deacon Mehler got the start at pitcher, and put together a complete-game shutout as the Wolverines rolled to a 7-0 victory. Mehler allowed five hits and struck out eight batters during seven innings of the work.
From the plate, Truckee senior Derek LaFerriere and sophomore Timmy Reeve each hit home runs during the game. LaFerriere finished the game with two hits and a pair of RBIs. Senior Shane Poe hit a double and a triple, and drove in two runs. Senior Marcus Bellon finished with a game-high three hits, including a triple.
The teams returned to the field at North Valleys the following day for a doubleheader.
Reeve got the start on the mound and kept the Indians off the board until the top of the fifth inning. Elko pushed across a pair of runs during the frame to make the score 3-2. Truckee took advantage of an error and wild pitching in the bottom of the inning to add two runs.
The Wolverines kept the Indians off the board for the remainder of the game to claim a 5-2 win. Junior Tyler Estabrook finished the morning with a team-high three hits. Reeve found open field for a pair of hits.
Elko got things going in the second game of the day, jumping out to a 2-0 advantage, but the lead would be short-lived.
Truckee senior Spencer Edmondson led off the bottom of the second inning with a double, and would later be driven in on a single off the bat of senior Sawyer Thompson. The Wolverines then evened the game on a sacrifice fly in the next at-bat.
In the bottom of the third inning, LaFerriere gave Truckee the lead with his second home run of the series, launching a two-run shot over the fence in left field. LaFerriere drove in another run in the next inning to give Truckee a 5-2 lead as part of a team-high three RBIs during the game.
Elko would score its final run of the game during the sixth inning, but Estabrook responded for Truckee in the bottom of the frame with a home run to left field.
Truckee (19-2, 19-2 Northern League) has now won eight straight games. The Wolverines will face South Tahoe (15-6, 15-6 Northern League) this weekend, and will close the regular season out the first weekend of May with a matchup against Lowry (9-10, 9-10 Northern League).
Justin Scacco is a reporter for the Sierra Sun. Contact him at email@example.com.