Truckee baseball drops two at Fernley
The Truckee High baseball team dropped both games of a doubleheader, 10-7 and 10-7, at Fernley on Saturday.
The Wolverines are now 8-5 in the Northern 3A; the Vaqueros are 10-4.
“We shouldn’t have lost either of those games,” said Truckee head coach Mike Ellis, adding that his team could have used junior starting pitcher and outfielder Keven Sahlberg, who was away on vacation. “Not having Sahlberg was definitely the difference.”
With three crucial league games remaining on the schedule ” a makeup against Lowry on April 24 and a doubleheader at Spring Creek on April 28 ” Ellis received bad news when he learned after Saturday’s games that senior starting pitcher Paco Ruiz is academically ineligible. Ellis hopes Ruiz will be able to take an online course and become eligible before the end of the season.
Ruiz, Truckee’s starting pitcher in Game 1, did not receive much help defensively, as the Wolverines committed six errors behind him, Ellis said. The senior threw a complete game, giving up six earned runs while striking out seven and walking three in six innings.
Senior shortstop Andrew Mazzini led the way at the plate, going 2-for-4 with a double and two RBIs, while sophomore catcher Kevin Decker went 2-for-4 with an RBI, Justin Vosburgh 1-for-1 with two RBIs and Trevor Allen 1-for-4.
The Wolverines, after taking a 7-6 lead in the top of the fourth inning, spotted the Vaqueros their final four runs mostly by way of errors, Ellis said.
It was a similar story in Game 2, Ellis said, as Truckee tied the game at 4-4 in the top of the fourth before giving up another six runs the remainder of the game in large part on defensive errors.
Vosburgh started on the mound in Game 2, going 4 2/3 innings before Mazzini came in for relief with two outs in the fifth. Vosburgh allowed six earned runs on five strikeouts and two walks. Mazzini walked one batter and gave up no runs.
Offensively, Brendan Driscoll went 2-for-3 with a triple and RBI, Pablo Esquivel was 1-for-2 with an RBI, John DePew 1-for-3, Ruiz 1-for-4 and Allen 1-for-5 with an RBI. Mazzini and Vosburgh each had an RBI.
Truckee hosts South Tahoe today at 3:30 p.m. The game will be played at the Truckee High baseball field near the track.
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Students from North Tahoe and Truckee recently made the trip to Nevada Union High School in Grass Valley to compete in the annual Kays Ostrom Invitational.