Truckee 13-year-old All-Stars finish third
Hosting for the first time the Northern Nevada Qualifying Tournament at Truckee River Regional Park Friday night, the Truckee 13-year-old Babe Ruth team could not muster more than a goose egg for the scoreboard while opponent North Valley put 11 runs on the board.The game proved frustrating for visiting Truckee from the top of the first inning, when North Valley pitcher James Trujillo struck out the side after allowing Alex Cramer to reach base on a bad-hop chopper to first base. The bottom half of the inning was an even worse omen, as North Valley rallied for four runs off Truckee pitcher Travis Dwyer.Truckee looked to be setting the table for a big inning in the second after Ryan Zusy took a pitch in the ankle and then stole second base. But Trujillo again struck out the side to end the threat.North Valley plated another three runs in the bottom half of the second with a mixture of line drives and bloop singles. On one shallow fly ball with runners at second and third, Truckee center fielder Matt Theis made a full-speed, fully extended dive attempt, but missed, allowing two more runs to score. North Valley posted one more run before Dwyer got out of the inning with a strikeout.Down 7-0 in the top of the third, Truckee’s Ethan Harmon led off with a base hit to right field and Theis followed with a walk. But after a strikeout and a ground out, Theis was picked off at first to end the inning.Scott Mathot came in to relieve Dwyer in the bottom of the third and got out of the inning without allowing a run. After a scoreless Truckee half of the fourth, North Valley rallied again for four runs in the bottom of the inning to bring the score to 11-0.Truckee’s TJ Smith, Mathot and Trevor Patrick struck out in order to end the game.A third-place finishTruckee beat Fernley 9-6 with Travis Dwyer on the mound Sunday, then lost again to North Valley 11-1 to give them third place in the tournament. South Tahoe placed first and North Valley second.