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Tahoe Twins, Braves start seasons with victories

The Tahoe Twins and Tahoe Braves both opened their 2012 campaigns with home wins at North Tahoe Regional Park on Sunday.

The Twins routed the Reno Creepers 10-0 while the Braves came from behind to defeat the Reno Giants 11-8. The teams and#8212; both made up of North Tahoe-area ballplayers, with many North Tahoe and Truckee high school grads and#8212; compete in the Northern Nevada division of the National Adult Baseball Association.

The Braves started things off with their comeback victory. Down 6-3, they exploding for eight runs in the bottom of the eighth to take control.

Brandon McCall from Tahoma pitched six innings in relief to earn the win. Offensively, former Truckee High standout Justin Vosburgh drove in four runs to lead the way, while Mort Nyberg smashed a clutch, two-out, two-run double to deep left center field during the eighth-inning rally.

The Twins, meanwhile, had little trouble with the Creepers.

Pitchers J.R. Murphy and Evan Neiser combined to hold the Creepers to just three hits in the seven-inning game.

They received plenty of offensive support, particularly from Steve Derby, who went 2-for-4 with a home run, triple and two RBIs, and Gabe Sandersius, who was 2-for-4 with a double and three RBIs.

Scott Decker had a double and two RBIs for the Twins, while Joe Thomas was 2-for-4 with an RBI and Bobby Habeger had a hit and RBI. Jamy Habeger and Jesse Hildebrandt each had a hit.

Murphy started and earned the win. He struck out eight in five innings while allowing one hit and one walk. Neiser fanned two in two innings while giving up two hits and no walks.

UP NEXT: The Braves host the Reno Creepers on Sunday, May 13 at 11:30 a.m., while the Twins host the Reno Assassins on Sunday at 2:30 p.m. Both games will be at North Tahoe Regional Park in Tahoe Vista.


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