The best losing team around
One inning out of seven in a long baseball game may seem insignificant, but for the Wolverine varsity baseball team it makes all the difference. Truckee dropped a heartbreaking double header to Lowry last Saturday at Winnemucca, and had a long trip home to ponder their errors.
Coach Jason Estabrook and his bench played 12 very strong innings against the league’s third place team, yet lost both games due to one-inning lapses that opened the door for the Buckaroos to score. In game one, poor Wolverine defense allowed six unearned Lowry runs and put the Wolverines at a considerable deficit from the outset of play.
Despite strong pitching by Paul Smith, Estabrook’s talented team was unable to come back and lost 11-1. In the second match-up of the day, the Wolverines jumped to an early 2-0 lead with TJ Dwyer on the mound. A seven run rally by the Buckaroos in the bottom of the fourth stalled the TNT blast, resulting in a 7-2 loss.
“The team knows we should have come out of there with a 1-1 split. The second game was ours and we just couldn’t pull it out,” said Estabrook.
On Tuesday, the Wolverine bench faced the Bishop Manogue Miners – the best team in Northern 3A standings. Throughout six innings, Truckee maintained the lead and hinted at giving the Miners their first league loss of the season.
Senior Paul Smith wasted no time at the plate, hitting a crushing home run in the first inning to give the Wolverines a 1-0 lead.
Truckee came back in the second with a rally effort by Kyle Hunt, Billy Wrenn, Justin Platt and Matt Snatchko to up the Wolverine lead to four runs.
Manogue answered the Wolverines’ challenge in the top of the third with a lead-off single that turned into three runs before they were retired – pulling within one run of the home team.
The Wolverines were unable to add to their lead in the remaining four innings, despite a lead-off double by Kyle Hunt in the fourth and a single by Dwyer in the bottom of the sixth.
Skillful fielding and pitching by the Miners thwarted Truckee rally efforts and kept the teams at 4-3 until the top of the seventh inning when Manogue brought home two runs with two singles and a sacrifice bunt to remain in the game.
A fresh Miner pitcher greeted the Wolverine line-up in the seventh, delivering two strike-outs to end the game 5-4. Tuesday’s loss brings the Wolverines’ record to 2-10 in league play as they currently sit in eighth place overall in 3A standings.
“We are the best 2-10 team around. The skill and talent is there, it is just going to take some time to get the wins,” Estabrook added.
Truckee will be looking to rekindle their flame this week with home games today against Rite of Passage (who have not won a league game all season) and a much anticipated doubleheader match-up with the North Tahoe Lakers on Saturday afternoon at the Regional Park at noon and 2 p.m.
The Lakers are currently in fifth place overall with a 6-8 league record.
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