Truckee baseball: Brady throws one-hitter, hits two homers in rout
TRUCKEE and#8212; Senior ace Maclane Brady tossed a one-hitter and blasted two home runs as the Wolverines routed visiting Spring Creek 11-0 in five innings Friday.
Truckee improved to 8-2 in Northern 3A league play and 13-6 overall with the win, which came by way of the 10-run mercy rule. Spring Creek fell to 3-3 in league and 10-7 overall.
Brady allowed only a single in the second inning to Damon York. He struck out seven, walked two and hit a batter in five innings of work, while his pair of homers gave him five on the season.
and#8220;I felt great,and#8221; Brady said. and#8220;I wanted to do that for three years now. I don’t think I’ve beat them (Spring Creek) in three years. So it definitely felt good to come out and win against those guys.and#8221;
Brady, who connected for a two-run bomb to left field in the first inning and added a solo shot to right-center in the fourth, kept Spartan hitters off balance with a live fastball combined with a changeup and slider, as well as a split-finger fastball he recently learned from Truckee head coach Mike Ellis.
and#8220;He did what he was supposed to do,and#8221; Ellis said. and#8220;He worked the ball in and out and established a good fastball. I showed him a split-finger fastball, which kept them honest. And then he had his slider going pretty good too.and#8221;
Brady wasn’t the only Wolverine to go deep, as senior Jordan Deiro led off the game with his fifth home run of the year and finished 3 for 3 with his homer, a triple and three RBI.
Tanner Churich went 2 for 3 with a double and RBI, James DePew was 2 for 3 with an RBI and Ben Bolton was 1 for 1 with two RBI. Ryan Zusy and Matt Theis each had one hit and#8212; Zusy a double and#8212; while Brian Matthew had an RBI.
“The offense came unglued today,” Ellis said. “I’m proud of these guys. We’ve never beat Spring Creek like that. But we’re not going to get happy until after tomorrow. It feels good, but we’ve still got two more games.”
Deiro said he was a bit surprised how easily the Wolverines were able to put away the defending Northern 3A champs, as Truckee jumped on Spring Creek for three runs in each of the first three innings, and two more in the fourth to end the game early on the mercy rule.
and#8220;I expected a lot bigger challenge from them,and#8221; Deiro said. and#8220;I still expect a bigger challenge from them tomorrow (Saturday). We’re not letting our guard down. Hopefully we come out and hit the ball like we did today.and#8221;