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Truckee baseball opens against 4A power

Charles Whisnand
Sun News Service

Truckee High has an inexperienced baseball team that virtually hasn’t even seen a field yet. So what better way to finally see some live action then by taking on one of the Northern 4A’s traditional powers in Carson High.

Not surprisingly, Carson easily beat Truckee 21-5 on Thursday in the CHS Preseason Tournament at Carson High’s Ron McNutt Field. The game was called after 3 1/2 innings due to the tournament’s time limit.

“It helps us to see where we stand for the season,” said Truckee assistant coach Ron Decker about going up against 4A Carson. “We’re trying to figure out where everybody’s playing and getting field experience. We’re young so we have players playing different positions.”

Truckee took a 1-0 lead in the first inning off of Carson starting pitcher Stephen Sawyers when Trever Allen walked, moved to second on Kevin Decker’s sacrifice bunt and scored on Andrew Mazzini’s single.

But Carson sent 17 batters to the plate in the bottom of the first, taking advantage of seven walks and seven hits to take a 11-1 lead. Joe Skates led off with a walk and went all the way to third on Markus Adams’ sacrifice bunt. When the throw to third got away, Skates scored on the play.

David Leid walked, Tony Fagan singled and Paul Cagle followed with a two-run double. Bryt Lewis then belted a two-run home run to straightaway center field.

Rob Valerius, Kyle Mandoki, Skates and Adams all walked to force in a run. Leid hit an RBI single, Fagan followed with a two-run single, Cagle singled, Lewis had an RBI single and Valerius walked to force in a run to make it 11-1.

Truckee rallied for three runs in the second when Michael Taylor and Pablo Esquivel singled and Clayton McDonald walked to load the bases. Allen followed with a two-run single and Decker and Kevin Salberg walked to force in a run to make it 11-4. But with the bases still loaded and one out, Sawyers got a strikeout and a fielder’s choice to escape any further damage.

In the bottom of the second, Nick Smallman walked, Skates singled and Smallman scored on a wild pitch. Leid walked and Fagan singled before Cagle hit a two-run double, Lewis and Valerius each hit an RBI double and Mandoki hit an RBI single to give Carson a 17-4 lead.

In the third, Taylor singled, Esquivel walked and Allen followed with an RBI single for Truckee to make it 17-5. In the bottom of the third, Adams singled, Cody Bone was hit by a pitch, Kyle Stone walked and Cagle cleared the bases with a three-run double to give the Senators a 20-5 lead. Lewis then singled and Valerius hit an RBI single to make it 21-5.

Allen and Taylor each had two hits and Justin Vosburg added a hit for the Wolverines. Lewis was 4-for-4, Cagle was 4-for-4 with seven RBI, Fagan had three hits, Valerius went 2-for-2 as Carson banged out 17 hits. David Eller allowed one run over two innings while striking out three for the Senators.


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