That’s all she wrote: Wolverine baseball ends
Coming off a split with fifth-ranked North Tahoe, the Wolverine varsity baseball team hit the road for a long drive to Winnemuca on Tuesday to play for post-season glory.
Truckee’s last meeting with number two Lowry ended in two crushing losses for Coach Estabrook and his club – defeats which Estabrook attributed to a combination of intimidation and exhaustion.
Following their earlier losses to the Buckaroos, Estabrook commented on his team’s inability to play their best game after a long road trip. After a 5-11 regular season, the Wolverines were forced once again to make the trek to play the 13-3 Buckaroos – a well-rested, confident and deep team on their home field.
Truckee’s TJ Dwyer commanded the hill for the first four innings of play, giving up eight runs before handing the ball over to JV recruit Jacob Beuhart. Beuhart served to keep Truckee spirits high as the Wolverines maintained their mental intensity throughout the entire seven innings, despite playing catch-up from the first.
The Buckaroos came out swinging in their first at bat, rounding three for home to put TTHS down 3-0. In the top of the third, the underdogs drove in Billy Wrenn and Paul Smith to come within one run of the confident home bench. Lowry answered back at the bottom of the inning to put four more on the board, upping the score to 7-2 and effectively distancing themselves from the fighting Wolverines.
Truckee’s defense held together until the sixth inning when a number of fielding errors resulted in a Wolverine pitching change, five more runs and the win for Lowry, sending the Wolverines home to ponder their 7-13 loss and 13-17 season.
“We are playing now the way we needed to be playing at the beginning of the season. The team is just understanding what it takes to win and I am definitely looking forward to next year,” said Estabrook.
On Cinco de Mayo, Truckee finished the regular season with something to celebrate, playing two tough games against the Lakers and coming away with one win. Dwyer threw out the first ball of the game and endured all seven innings of game one, holding the Lakers to only three runs with 14 strike-outs and conducting one of the season’s most harmonious defensive displays.
Heavy hitting by Dwyer, Dave Larson and Billy Wrenn brought home the first run of the game for the Wolverines in the bottom of the second and the TTHS bench never looked back.
The Lakers tied the game briefly in the top of the third, but a homer by Dwyer and hits by Gary Cook, Matt Valle and Paul Smith delivered three more in the fifth to put the home team up 5-3. An impenetrable Wolverine field left North Tahoe wading in the sixth and opened the floodgates for Cook, Larson and Dwyer to bring in four more for TNT.
Truckee danced off of their 9-3 win into game two of the afternoon, jumping to an early 5-2 lead in the second inning. Good averages at the plate for Paul Smith (who was 2 for 3) and Gary Cook (1 for 2) were foiled in the third and fourth innings as the Wolverines committed 11 fielding errors, giving up seven unearned runs to find themselves down 9-5 in the sixth.
Matt Valle, Kyle Hunt and Dave Larson delivered hits in the sixth and seventh innings, yet added only two runs to the Wolverine tally to lose 7-10 after a late game run by the Lakers.
Following Saturday’s match-up, the Lakers’ record was 7-9, pitting the fifth-ranked team against the 8-8 Dust Devils. In a seventh inning rally, Dayton bested the Lakers late on Tuesday to end the season for the North Tahoe team.
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