Tahoe Twins, Braves | Local baseball teams win league games
TAHOE VISTA, Calif. and#8212; Tahoe baseball is heating up with the weather.
After dropping their first four games of the season with a team that was still under construction, the Tahoe Braves have won their last three since, most recently beating the Reno Creepers 13-1 last Wednesday and the Reno Assassins 8-6 this past Sunday.
and#8220;The team is now complete and playing well,and#8221; said Braves manager Jack Bernardo, who didn’t have a full roster for the first month of the season as players trickled in from their respective college semesters.
The Tahoe Twins, meanwhile, are 3-1-1 after playing the Reno Hustlers to a 3-3 tie on June 12 and defeating the Reno Creepers 8-5 this past Sunday on their home field at North Tahoe Regional Park.
Braves starting pitcher Sean Bernardo, a 2008 North Tahoe High School grad, picked up the win against the Creepers in a game that was called after the seventh inning on the 10-run mercy rule.
In five scoreless innings, Bernardo allowed two hits and no walks while striking out 10. Dallas Voyce, a grad of Bishop Manogue, pitched the final two innings, giving up a run on two hits. Ryan Ransdell, who hails from Dayton, led the Braves offensively, going 2 for 3 with 3 RBI.
Truckee grad TJ Dwyer pitched the Braves to the win against the Assassins in what turned out to be a closely contested game. In seven innings Dwyer gave up six runs on seven hits and four walks, with 11 strikeouts.
The Braves fell behind 3-0 in the first inning before tying the game at 6-all in the sixth. Kevin Decker and#8212; another Truckee grad and#8212; and Ryan Ransdell both hit triples in the seventh, and Dwyer helped his cause by driving in the go-ahead run on a single.
Voyce pitched the final two innings, striking out the side in the ninth to escape a jam with runners on second and third with no outs.
Steve Derby, a 2004 North Tahoe grad, earned every bit of his new nickname against the Creepers. The hot-swinging outfielder went 2 for 4 in the game with two home runs, including a grand slam, and five RBI.
and#8220;and#8216;Demolition Derby.’ That’s what they’re calling him out there,and#8221; said Twins manager Bob Habeger, adding that Derby nearly hit a third homer in the game, but the drive to the deepest part of the park was caught near the warning track. and#8220;Steve Derby had a heck of a day.and#8221;
Jamy Habeger, the oldest of the three Habeger brothers and the Twins leading hitter, with a .500 average, went 2 for 3 along with Jesse Brown. Scott Decker was 2 for 4 with a key run-scoring triple in the sixth.
Joe Thomas started and lasted 6 2/3 innings before he was bothered by a minor groin injury and lifted from the game, Habeger said. Recent Twins addition Dustin Buttner from Carson City came on in relief and closed out the win.
The Twins and Braves will combine their rosters for a pair of nonleague home games against teams from San Jose and Chico on Thursday and Saturday. Thursday’s game starts at 5 p.m. and Saturday’s at 1 p.m.
The Braves then host the Creepers again on Sunday at 11:30 a.m., while the Twins host the Hustlers on Sunday at 3 p.m. All home games are played at North Tahoe Regional Park in Tahoe Vista.
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