Truckee All-Stars’ run comes to an end
The Truckee 14-15 Babe Ruth All-Stars finished 3-2 in the Nevada State Qualifier Tournament in Fallon after a 6-4 loss to Reno West on Monday.
South Reno took the top spot in the double-elimination tournament to earn a chance to represent Nevada at the regional competition in Southern California.
Truckee began the tournament with a tough loss this past Friday against South Reno, which is made up of players from Manogue, Wooster, Damonte Ranch and Galena high schools.
Starting pitcher Ryan Zusy gave Truckee a fighting chance, however, allowing just two runs in seven innings to send the game into extra innings tied 2-2. Steven Baker came in for relief, throwing 1 1/3 innings before Brian Matthew took over. A hit batter with the bases loaded forced in the go-ahead run for South Reno.
The Truckee All-Stars responded in the bottom half of the ninth with two baserunners, but South Reno held on for the 3-2 win.
On Saturday Shane Fisher pitched Truckee to a 1-0 win over Sparks Babe Ruth, which is comprised of players from Sparks, Spanish Springs and Reed high schools. Fisher had help from his teammates in the field in a well-played defensive game that evened Truckee’s record to 1-1.
Next up was host Fallon on Sunday.
James DePew started and pitched for two innings before leaving the game due to an existing injury. Trevor Auldridge threw the next two innings and Ben Bolton closed the game for a 4-2 win.
Facing another elimination game six hours later, Truckee again played confidently to defeat South Tahoe, which had defeated Truckee in the qualifying tournament.
Zusy took the mound as the starting pitcher and once again threw a great game against one of the hotter-hitting teams in the tourney. Truckee’s bats also woke up to give Zusy some well-deserved runs. In an intense game, the Truckee All-Stars pulled off yet another win.
Truckee’s run came to an end on Monday in a 6-4 loss to Reno West, a strong program with players from McQueen and Reno high schools. Fisher started on the mound for Truckee. The score was tied 4-4 for a few innings after battling a delayed game due to hail, rain and winds.
In the sixth inning Truckee had several opportunities to record outs but instead committed several errors. Reno West took the lead on two unearned runs and the Truckee All-Stars never recovered.
“I think the kids have come a long way,” said Truckee head coach Matt Carlson. “It’s been a long road for us. We started with 24 kids in our program and selected basically two-thirds to form a 15-man roster, and we’ve competed really well against a bunch of bigger programs.”
Carlson said it was the first time in Truckee baseball history that a 13-15 team had qualified for the state tournament.
Said Truckee coach Mike DePew: “The kids played amazingly well to get to this level being the size of the program that we are. They’re a great group of kids and we’re super proud of them. Hopefully they’re proud of themselves and I’m sure they are.
“We just couldn’t get those consecutive big hits. We put guys on and put them in scoring position but just weren’t able to come through tonight. That and our inability to make some of the simpler plays are what cost us.”