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Spring sports teams see first action

Staff reports

The Truckee High golf team took first place out of 10 teams in the season-opening Icebreaker Tournament hosted by Hawthorne and held at the Walker Lake this past weekend.

The Wolverines placed two golfers in the top three, with Rich Breuner shooting a tournament-best 74 and Danny Kruck the third-place medalist with a 76. Truckee’s Bryce Poulin, Gavin Novotny and Spencer Collinson each shot 79.

North Tahoe’s David Phipps shot an 81, Alec Griffith 86 and Kevin Scardigli 97.

The Truckee High softball team, seeing its first action outdoors after practicing in the gym the first week and a half of the season, went 1-3 in the Yerington Tournament this past weekend.

Truckee head coach Mitch Brown said he treated the four games like scrimmages, as he is still assessing the talent he has and trying to determine who will play where. He did not keep stats.

The Wolverines defeated Bishop High and lost to Battle Mountain, Lowry and Carlin. Brown said his team hit the ball well but made a lot of errors, which he expected in the first few games of the season, and that the Wolverines got off to slow starts defensively in each game.

“I was happy to see that nobody gave up,” Brown said of how his players handled the three losses. “They never got down.”

Brown is counting on better play, particularly on the defensive end, when his team opens the regular season at Yerington on Saturday for an 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. doubleheader.

“I expect a whole nother team to take the field,” he said.

The Truckee High junior varsity baseball team is off to a 4-0 start, and is 2-0 in league play after sweeping a doubleheader from the Lowry Buckaroos on the road Saturday.

Both games against the Buckaroos were called after five innings due to the 10-run mercy rule, as the Wolverines cruised to 11-1 and 15-4 victories.

Truckee’s Ryan Zusy pitched all five innings of the first game, striking out seven batters while allowing two hits and one run. Myles Allen pitched the first two innings of the second game for the Wolverines, stiking out two and allowing two hits and two runs. Brian Matthew relieved Allen in the thrd inning and struck out two while allowing one hit and two runs due to errors.

Offensively, CJ Ackerman was 3-for-6 on the day with eight stolen bases and a double. Matthew was 2-for-4 and Michael Fagan 2-for-5.

The Wolverines defeated Colfax 8-6 on March 7, then beat McQueen, a 4A program, 11-7 the following day.


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