Truckee baseball goes two and out at state
LAS VEGAS, Nev. ” Strong pitching and tight defense kept the scores relatively close. It was Truckee’s hitting ” or lack thereof ” that doomed the Wolverines in the 3A state championship this past week.
Truckee mustered just four hits in two games, both of which ended in 4-1 losses to lead to an early exit from the double-elimination state tournament.
“I’m happy the guys got there and had fun. I thought we did a great job pitching and playing defense; we just didn’t get hits,” said Truckee head coach Mike Ellis.
Entering state as the Northern 3A’s No. 2 seed, the Wolverines lost their opener Thursday against top Southern seed Virgin Valley, which went on to defeat Faith Lutheran to earn its second straight title. Truckee followed with an eliminating loss to Spring Creek, the North’s top seed, on Friday.
“I think if we could have gotten deep into the (tournament) we could have won it, because we had the arms,” Ellis said. “We had guys who can pitch who didn’t get a chance to show it off.”
The Wolverines finished 17-5 in 3A league play (21-13 overall) and went 1-3 against Spring Creek this season.
Seniors Kevin Decker, Michael Taylor and Scott Mathot each went 1 for 3 to record Truckee’s only three hits against Virgin Valley starter Travis Leavitt, who struck out 12 in the game, Ellis said.
Mathot drove in the Wolverines’ one run with a double in the bottom of the fifth.
Senior pitcher/shortstop Justin Vosburgh started on the mound for Truckee, giving up four runs (three earned) while walking three and striking out eight in five innings. Junior left-hander Ryan Zusy relieved Vosburgh, pitching a scoreless sixth inning with one strikeout.
The Spartans’ Kevin Montgomery carried a no-hitter into the fifth inning before Zusy broke it up with a single.
After a four-run first inning, Truckee junior Maclane Brady settled down to shut out Spring Creek the rest of the game. In six innings, Brady gave up four runs on seven hits and two walks while striking out seven.
Ellis said Brady did not get a couple of close calls on batters with two-strike counts, which led to the big first inning.
On the offensive side, Ellis said the Wolverines took themselves out of a potentially big fifth inning by running into two outs on the base paths. Spring Creek also recorded an out in the inning by way of a batter interference call on a hit-and-run steal, which bailed out Montgomery after he had walked four hitters and allowed one run.
While Ellis was disappointed with the results at state ” this is the second straight year Truckee went two games and out ” he remains optimistic about the program’s future.
“I believe we’re good enough to be back every year,” he said.
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