Truckee baseball | Railroaders take 2 of 3 at Wolverines
Northern Division I-A standings
Team League Overall
1. Fallon 18-3 18-8
2. Elko 16-5 19-7
3. South Tahoe 15-6 17-9
4. Spring Creek 13-8 16-9
5. Sparks 9-14 13-15
6. Truckee 6-16 8-18
7. Dayton 5-16 6-16
8. Lowry 3-18 5-20
Truckee will end the season with a three-game league series at Fernley on Friday and Saturday.
No lead felt safe in the Truckee baseball team’s league series against Sparks.
While the Wolverines routed the visiting Railroaders 14-4 in a makeup game Tuesday, Sparks rallied for five runs in the fifth inning Wednesday to pull off a 7-6 comeback win in the series finale.
The Railroaders did the same in the teams’ first meeting in March, when they scored seven runs over the final two innings en route to an 8-6 win.
The Wolverines — winners of six of their last seven before Wednesday — are now 6-16 in the Northern Division I-A heading into their final league series at Fernley this weekend. Sparks is 9-14 in league.
Junior right-hander JJ Bellon earned the win Tuesday with a complete-game effort. He limited Sparks to four runs on just three hits while striking out five.
Truckee, which finished with seven hits, took advantage of seven Railroader errors and 10 walks in the contest.
After scoring a run in the first inning on an RBI double by Cam Hollabaugh, Truckee answered Sparks’ two-run third inning with three-run bottom half of the frame to regain the lead at 4-2.
The Wolverines then scored five in the bottom of the fourth and four more in the fifth to extend their lead to 13-4. Hollabaugh ended the game on the 10-run mercy rule with an RBI single in the sixth.
Truckee’s designated hitter in the game, Bradley VanSchoonhoven, delivered in the clutch with four RBIs, including a two-out, two-run double in the fifth. Hollabaugh was 2-for-3 with a double and two RBIs, and Teagan Pado, Jonny Spaich, Gavin Broad and Jayden Commendatore contributed a hit apiece.
Runs were not as easy to come by for the hosts the next day, despite their 14 hits.
The Wolverines scored twice in the first inning and four times in the third to take a 6-1 lead. The Railroaders answered with one in the fourth and then stormed back when Truckee could not stop the bleeding in the sixth.
VanSchoonhoven went 3-for-4, Guiragossian, Hollabaugh and Commendatore had two hits apiece, and Pado and D.J. Barbato each had one hit.