Tahoe Twins: Astros take two from home team
TAHOE VISTA and#8212; The days of demolishing every opponent are over. And that’s just the way Tahoe Twins skipper Bob Habeger prefers it.
Habeger’s Twins dropped both ends of a home doubleheader against the Reno Astros on Saturday, falling 14-6 and 3-1 to the independent semi-pro team they have paired up with this season.
and#8220;From top to bottom they are solid,and#8221; Habeger said of the Astros. and#8220;We made a couple of mistakes in the field, and you can’t do that against a team like that. But it’s a great opportunity for us getting to play them. It makes us better.and#8221;
The Twins, a second-year team that competes in the National Adult Baseball Association (NABA), picked up more than a dozen games against the Astros this summer, while their league grew more competitive in the offseason with the addition of a major league scout team. Habeger also scheduled a number of games against competitive teams from out of the area.
The competition is a welcome addition after last year, when the Twins dominated the Western Nevada chapter of the NABA en route to a perfect 16-0 conference record. So far the Twins are off to a 3-3 start overall this year. They’re 2-0 in conference play and 1-3 against the Astros.
On Saturday Owen Brolsma, who recently pitched in the Pittsburgh Pirates organization, started Game 1 for the Astros and earned the win before Manny McElroy won a pitchers’ duel against Twins starter Jesse Hildebrandt in the second game.
and#8220;We came back and played them strong,and#8221; Habeger said of Game 2, which remained scoreless into the sixth and ended with Twins baserunners stranded on second and third. and#8220;Jesse threw a great game.and#8221;
Jamy Habeger powered up in his first game back with the Twins this season, as he led off the fifth inning of Game 1 with a solo shot to left-center to put his team on the board. Rob Grimes contributed a two-run double in the loss.
The Astros went deep twice in the first game, with David Deagle and Adam Gardner connecting in the second and fourth innings, while Nate Kerr led the Astros offense with five hits. Joe Thomas started for the Twins and was relieved by Jake Morford, Franklin Orlando and Drew Lipnosky.
Three games were originally scheduled on the day, but the Nor Cal Pirates did not make the trip to Tahoe Vista.
The North Tahoe Regional Park ball field has become somewhat of a home away from home for the Astros, who are currently in negotiations with the City of Reno on their own ballpark, Moana Stadium. It’s a change from the norm, as the Astros typically host most of their games.
and#8220;There is no better place for the Reno Astros to play than Lake Tahoe/Truckee,and#8221; said Astros owner/manager Matt Konopisos, whose team will host the Sacramento Victory at Truckee High School this Saturday, June 5, at noon. and#8220;We have played only a few road games in the 10 years of our existence, but being able to take our games to one of our loyal fan bases has been great.and#8221;
Saturday’s doubleheader pitted two Truckee brothers against one another, as Scott Decker suited up for the Twins and Kevin Decker for the Astros.
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