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Truckee baseball | DePew pitches Wolverines past Highlanders

Sylas Wright
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Sylas Wright / Sierra SunTruckee first baseman Ryan Smith stretches inside the baseline to complete a 1-2-3 double play in the seventh inning of the Wolverines' 8-2 win against Incline on Monday. Truckee is off to a 3-0 start in the Mount Rose League.
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RENO, Nev. and#8212; Truckee senior James DePew pitched his second gem in as many games as the Wolverines defeated Incline 8-2 in a league contest at Governor’s Bowl in Reno on Monday.

Coming off a no-hit outing against North Tahoe six days earlier, DePew again was dominant from the start against the Highlanders. He retired the first nine hitters on eight strikeouts before issuing a walk to start the fourth. He finished with 11 strikeouts while allowing just one hit and two walks in six scoreless innings.

and#8220;I thought he looked better than last week,and#8221; said Truckee head coach Mike Ellis. and#8220;He had his off-speed stuff, he was locating his curveball and he kept his fastball down. He’s still getting into shape. He should get better every outing.and#8221;

In two starts DePew has 18 strikeouts in 12 shutout innings, with only the one hit. Yet he played down his latest performance, insisting that he and the Wolverines still have room to improve.

and#8220;I felt good. It’s starting to get there, the pitching, but we definitely have more work to do and#8212; everybody,and#8221; DePew said. and#8220;We didn’t hit too well today.and#8221;

Facing one of Incline’s top starters, senior Patrick Howe, the visiting Wolverines took an early 2-0 lead in the first inning and led 5-0 after two. They added three runs in the fourth before Howe pitched a scoreless fifth and sophomore Cam Powell finished the sixth and seventh unscathed.

Sophomore Erik Holmer led the Wolverines offensively, going 3 for 3 with a pair of RBI, while fellow sophomore Andy McKechnie was 2 for 2 with two RBI and DePew was 2 for 4. Tanner Churich, Troy Allen and Trevor Aldridge each added an RBI. Truckee had 12 hits in the game, with one apiece from Allen, Jackson Rohlf, Steven Baker, Aldridge and Brooks Hudson, who dropped a perfectly placed bunt down the third baseline for a hit to start the sixth.

DePew struck out the first five Incline hitters. He then went on to fan the side in the third before walking Kyle Clouthier to start the fourth. Howe stung a single to left field two batters later to record the only hit against the Truckee starter. After walking Chip Bouchard to put two runners on, DePew struck out Powell looking to end the threat.

and#8220;We had been hitting the ball well, but we just ran into a good pitcher today,and#8221; said Incline head coach Jeff Clouthier.

The Highlanders scored both their runs in the bottom of the seventh off of Holmer. The sophomore reliever struck out Howe to start the inning, only to watch Howe reach first on a passed ball. Holmer walked the next two to load the bases before Davis Bedient hit into a nicely turned 1-2-3 double play from Holmer to catcher Luke Theis to Ryan Smith at first.

With a run already in, Patrick Murray connected for a solid RBI base hit to bring the score to 8-2. The next batter, Andrew Carlson, grounded out to Holmer to end the game.

Truckee improved to 3-0 in Mount Rose League play with the win, while Incline fell to 0-3.

The Lakers’ scheduled Mount Rose League doubleheader against South Tahoe this past Saturday was postponed until Wednesday. The games will be played at Governor’s Bowl in Reno at 1 and 3 p.m.


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