Truckee baseball: Brady throwing peas for Reno Knights; Vosburgh, Decker headed to college
The only 3A representative on the Reno Knights fits in just fine with the skillful group of 4A ballplayers.
In fact, soon-to-be Truckee senior Maclane Brady has pitched well enough to stand out, earning Most Valuable Pitcher honors for his relief work in the Josh Anderson Memorial Tournament in late June.
and#8220;They donand#8217;t take 3A kids. But Iand#8217;m friends with (Knights head coach) Pete Savage,and#8221; said Truckee skipper Mike Ellis, who got Brady on the summer-league team made up mostly of Reno High players.
Ellis said he also got 2004 Truckee grad J.R. Murphy on the Reno Knights, an American Legion team thatand#8217;s been in existence since 1982.
and#8220;When I get a good kid like J.R. or Maclane Iand#8217;ll give (Savage) a call and get them on the team, because itand#8217;s good competition. Itand#8217;s better for the kids.
and#8220;So when I get a kid like that I go to bat for them.and#8221;
The Knights started in early June and play throughout July in preparation for the American Legion State Tournament in Las Vegas at the end of the month.
They compete in a number of showcase tournaments attended by pro and college scouts, including the Josh Anderson Memorial Tournament and the Kelley Baseball Showcase, where they often play teams with college players.
At the Josh Anderson Memorial, also called the Sierra Nevada Classic, Brady recorded six saves as the Knightsand#8217; closer, shutting down offenses in critical situations to preserve wins and help his team advance to the semifinal.
Itand#8217;s a role heand#8217;s still adjusted to after posting a Northern 3A-best 1.77 ERA this past spring as Truckeeand#8217;s No. 2 starter.
and#8220;Itand#8217;s different,and#8221; Brady said of closing games. and#8220;You canand#8217;t give up a hit. You have to be perfect with each pitch. As a starter you can get away with more (mistakes).and#8221;
Brady was voted to the Northern 3A All-League first team and All-State second team as a pitcher his junior season.
Catcher Kevin Decker and pitcher/shortstop Justin Vosburgh, both 2009 Truckee grads, are moving on to play baseball in college, Ellis said.
Decker will play at Santa Rosa Junior College (where Ellis played), while Vosburgh is headed to Monterey Peninsula College, Ellis said. Both are currently playing summer ball in Reno, Vosburgh with the Reno Muck Dogs and Decker with the Nevada Bighorns.
Vosburgh and Decker were voted to the All-League and All-State first team their senior years.
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