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Sports in full swing for Wolverines

Sylas Wright
Sierra Sun
Courtesy photoKaley White prepares to release a pitch in a game last Saturday in Yerrington.
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The varsity baseball team split a doubleheader against Yerrington Saturday, losing the first game, 4-1, and winning the second, 12-2.

“We should have won both of them,” coach Mike Ellis said. “We’ve been starting off slow. If we could just start the way we finish doubleheaders, we’ll be in good shape.”

John Hooper pitched the first game. Hooper allowed only four hits, but due to a number of Truckee errors, those four hits led to four Yerrington runs. Ben Tonon came in to pitch the last inning, and struck out two batters on eight pitches.

Ellis said the Wolverines would have scored more than one run if it had not been for rally-ending mistakes on the bases. Bad calls by the home plate umpire that went against Truckee did not help the team, either, Ellis said, nor did the fact that Joe Lipnoski was gone for the weekend and Tonon sprained his wrist and could not swing a bat.

Jimmy Williams went 1-for-3 at the plate, with a first-inning double that drove in Buck Claesson. Paul Tierney went 1-for-3, Mike Lopez 1-for-2 and Jeff Hansen 1-for-3.

The Wolverines’ bats came alive in the second game, as the team scored 12 runs on 13 hits.

Claesson went 2-for-5 with two doubles, Matt Aboumrad 2-for-4 with three RBI and Hooper 3-for-4. Six other players had one hit each: Morgan Harvey, Andrew Mazzini, Scott Decker, Kevin Embertson, Hansen and Williams.

Embertson pitched a complete game, striking out eight, while giving up only four hits, two walks and one earned run.

The Wolverines play this week on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday in the Sparks Tournament, where they will take on local foes, as well as teams from the Bay Area.

The varsity softball team won a pair of games against Yerrington on Saturday, 7-2 and 12-5.

Kaley White, who pitched all 14 innings of the doubleheader, allowed two earned runs on a total of 12 hits, while walking only one batter.

The Wolverines on offense had 24 hits in the two victories ” 10 in game one and 14 in game two.

In the first game Julie Rohrback and Jenny Geresy both went 2-for-4 at the plate, Alycia Smith and Dani Turner each went 2-for-3, and Kelly Stephens and White each had one hit.

White helped her cause with the bat in game two, as she went 3-for-5 with four RBI. Rohrback helped, too, by going 3-for-4 with a home run and two RBI. Geresy went 2-for-3, Smith 2-for-5, Kristyn Sarcia 1-for-2, Logan White 1-for-2, Turner 1-for-4 and Courtney Prouty 1-for-4.

Errors continue to stack up on the Wolverines, as the team committed another 15 during the two games. But a productive offense and solid pitching has made up for the errors.

Rohrback on the season is hitting .591 (13-for-22), with 14 runs scored, 10 RBI, three doubles, two home runs and nine stolen bases.

The team is 8-2 overall and 5-1 in league play. Games this week are Tuesday and Thursday against Quincy.

The junior varsity baseball team won both games Saturday against Yerrington, 6-1, and 4-1.

Keven Sahlberg pitched all seven innings of the first game and picked up the win by striking out 14 and allowing only one hit. At the plate, Sahlberg went 2-for-3 with a triple, two stolen bases and one RBI.

Clayton McDonnell went 2-for-2 with a walk and a run scored, Devin Shurtleff 2-for-2 with a pair of doubles and three RBI, Trevor Allen 2-for-3 with two runs, and two stolen bases, and Greg Pearson was 2-for-3 with two runs, a stolen base and an RBI.

Francisco Ruiz pitched all seven innings of the second game. He struck out seven batters and allowed four runs.

Frankie Scholz went 1-for-2 at the plate, Sahlberg 1-for-2 with a double, two RBI and a stolen base, Brendan Driscoll 1-for-2 with two stolen bases, Trevor Allen 1-for-3 with a stolen base, and Andrew Gerhard went 1-for-3 with two RBI and a run scored.

The junior varsity softball team dominated Yerrington on Saturday, winning the first game, 17-0, and the second game, 19-2.

Sabra Hight threw a no-hit shutout in the first game. Hight, after walking the first batter, did not allow anyone else to reach first base. She also struck out eight, and on offense, hit a triple, and had two RBI.

Katie Zusy, Amanda Jones, and Katie Reiswig each hit doubles in the first game.

Reiswig pitched the second game and helped her cause on offense by driving in three runs. Jordan Raber hit her second home run of the season, and Lauren Cowden scored on her own single after two Yerrington errors. Jones contributed with another double.

Ashley Porter and Zusy ended the game with a double play.

Coaches Kelly Abercrombie and John Shaffer attribute the girls’ success to a total commitment to teamwork, both on and off the field. The result: a 6-0 record to begin the season.

While 12 members of the golf team competed in the Palmetto High School Golf Championship, in Myrtle Beach, S.C., six stayed home and participated in a league meet at Dayton on Friday.

The young team placed seventh overall by shooting a 513. Lowry shot a 418, Fernley 423, Dayton 441, Sparks 454, Spring Creek 463, Incline 468, Yerrington 524 and North Tahoe 534 .

Previously in first place, the Wolverines dropped to fourth in the league standings. But seven league meets remain on the schedule.

“The entire varsity team discussed the possibility of a poor finish at Dayton if we took 12 players to Myrtle Beach,” coach Jeff Froelich said, “but we decided the experience would be worth it…it was.”

The competitors at Dayton were freshman Patrick Galvin, sophomores Collin Towle and Gavin Novotny, and juniors Wade Davy, Kyle Steverman and Eddie Mathot. (There was a mistake in last Friday’s spring sports prep guide indicating that Davy, Mathot, Steverman, Brian Kerr and Robert Jones are sophomores. They are all juniors).

Novotny shot a 96, Galvin 99, Towle 99, Mathot 105 and Steverman 114.

“I understood that playing six golfers in a tournament who have never competed at the varsity level was risky for accumulating team points, but I wanted the opportunity for them to challenge themselves,” Froelich said.

Golfers in South Carolina

Truckee golfers performed well at the Palmetto High School Golf Championship in Myrtle Beach, S.C. March 24-26.

On the first day of the tournament, the teams played a qualifying round that was used to flight each squad. Truckee’s red team (the “A” team, or “first” team) placed third overall in the third flight.

The team’s No. 1 golfer, Wes Hollabaugh, finished fifth overall in the third flight, Greg Shove finished 10th in the same flight and Tommy Kokenge was ninth in the fifth flight. Hollabaugh over the course of two days and 36 holes, had a combined score of 162. Shove’s score was 167 and Kokenge 174.