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Truckee baseball | Red-hot Railroaders pull away from Wolverines

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Pat McKechnie / Submitted to swright@sierrasun.comTruckee starter James DePew took the loss against Sparks on Wednesday.
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SPARKS, Nev. and#8212; Relentless Sparks hitting and several Truckee miscues led to a 10-2 home victory for the Railroaders in a key Mount Rose League matchup Wednesday.

Sparks, which ran its win streak to 11 games, improved to 7-0 in league play as Truckee fell to 5-3.

With James DePew starting for Truckee and Martin Jordan on the hill for Sparks, the game began as a pitchersand#8217; duel, with no score through two innings.

Truckee struck first in the top of the third when Steven Baker doubled to center, was balked to third, and scored on Aaron Padoand#8217;s sacrifice fly to right field.

But Sparks countered back in the bottom half when Jordan drove the second pitch he saw over the right field fence to tie the score. The Railroaders added two more runs in the inning on two singles and a double to take a 4-1 lead entering the fifth.

Truckeeand#8217;s Ryan Smith reached first as a hit batter and scored from second on a Pado single to left, narrowing the score to 4-2. But thatand#8217;s as close as the Wolverines would get, as the Railroaders took the sixth inning by storm, scoring six runs on an error, two walks, two singles and two doubles.

Offensively, Truckee only mustered two hits against Jordan. DePew gave up all 10 runs on 10 hits and two walks while striking out two.

and#8220;Jordan threw a great game for them and they were ready to play,and#8221; Truckee coach Mike Ellis told the Daily Sparks Tribune. and#8220;Jordan did a good job keeping us off balance and they hit the ball well to the opposite field. When we hit anything, it seemed to be right at them. Sparks played well. You have to tip your hat.and#8221;

The series continues with a doubleheader to end the regular season at Truckee River Regional Park on Saturday starting at 11 a.m. The games are crucial for Truckee, which is in a battle with South Tahoe for the final 3A playoff seed from the Mount Rose League.

and#8212; This article was submitted to Sports Editor Sylas Wright at swright@sierrasun.com. Information was used from the Daily Sparks Tribune.

The Truckee softball team routed Sparks on Wednesday to improve to 6-2 in Mount Rose League play.


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