THS baseball splits doubleheader |

THS baseball splits doubleheader

THS baseball has almost all of the bases covered: Pitching? Check. Batting? Check. Defense? Well, that needs work.

But with practices in a basketball gym for at least another week, it doesn’t look like the Wolverines are going to get much help.

On Saturday in Fernley, the team split a double-header. They’re in fourth place at 4-4 (6-8 overall). In front of them is a strong 1-2-3 of undefeated teams: Lowry is 8-0, North Tahoe is 6-0 and Manogue is 5-0.

The first game was a solid 8-3 win behind JR Murphy’s complete game with only one earned run, two hits, zero walks and nine strikeouts.

Jason Ames was 2 for 4 with a single and a double and two RBI’s. Greg Gadsby was 1 for 3 with two RBI’s on a single. Kevin Finn nailed a double, going 1 for 3. Nick Smith and Jacob Bohart both with 1 for 4.

In the second, though, the errors caught up with them. Leading 3-0 in the fifth, a Fernley batter out-ran the throw to first. At this point, pitcher Greg Gadsby had eight strikeouts and was well on his way to a shutout. Then a routine grounder went through the legs of the infielder and a fly ball popped out of an outfielder’s glove.

Coach Jason Estabrook called Murphy back in to the pressure off of Gadsby, but he didn’t get much help, either.

Murphy got two quick outs, then the third batter outran throw, then he gave up a double. With a man on second and third with two outs, anything could happen.

On the next batter, the pitch went into the dirt and got past catcher Kevin Finn, score 3-2. Later on, with men on second and third again, another double drove in two more, score 3-4. Then a throwing error at first cost them the fifth, 5-3.

Kevin Schlesinger had the only impressive performance behind the plate, getting two RBI’s off a homerun, going 1-3.

“It’s very disheartening, the kids play very hard, I don’t think they get the respect they deserve,” Estabrook said. “They’re in every game, we’re so close to being an above average team, it’s just our defense is keeping us in that bay.”

The pitching squad only gave up two hits, but the defense committed five errors in the game.

With snow on the practice and game fields, it’s been tough having all road games but a double-header against Dayton on March 28.

“We no longer have dry ground to work on, so you have to work really hard,” Estabrook said. “It’s frustrating because the guys really want to go out and play baseball.

“We have to work it twice as well because we have to play in the snow.”

But Estabrook has a lot of admiration for his athletes.

“They have really big hearts and they never give in to anybody, when it comes time to play, they’re ready to go.

“Sometimes we need to play a little more aggressively, but that’s from just being in the gym.”

Up next is a double-header in Yerington on Saturday, then, if the fields are dry and green instead of soggy and white, Bishop Manogue will come up the mountain on Tuesday afternoon for a 4 p.m. game. But don’t hold your breath.

“I don’t think we’re going to get that game at home,” Estabrook said. It’s just too wet.”

The next home game will most likely be April 19 against Rite of Passage.

On Wednesday, the Wolverines travel to Sutter, Calif., for the Sutter Round Robin Tournament.

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