Truckee baseball routed on home field
It was a loud day at the ballpark Tuesday. Unfortunately for the home team, most of the sound came from Lowry bats connecting with Truckee pitches.When all said and done, much to the chagrin of Truckee High baseball coach Mike Ellis, the visiting Buckaroos had accumulated 32 runs to the Wolverines four.Thats the most embarrassed Ive ever been in my life, said Ellis, adding that he let his players know as much after the rout. Ive never seen that in high school baseball.I know I have a young team, but theres no excuse for that.Lowry improved to 11-2 in Northern 3A league play with the win while Truckee fell to 8-6.Junior Keven Sahlberg started on the mound for the Wolverines, lasting 1 2/3 innings before sophomore Justin Vosburgh came in for relief after a wild pitch scored Lowrys eighth run and back-to-back walks put runners at first and second.Sahlberg could very well have escaped the first inning without allowing a run had a potential double-play ball with one out not gotten through the infield, scoring one while keeping the inning alive for Lowry. Instead, consecutive base hits following the error led to two more runs for the Buckaroos, who took an early 3-0 lead.Thats the way the game went for the Wolverines. And it only got worse.Truckee showed signs of life in the bottom half of the first, however, scoring a pair of runs on a perfectly executed suicide squeeze bunt by Vosburgh. The bunt, which Vosburgh dribbled down the first baseline with a 3-1 count, brought home Trevor Allen from third and Andrew Mazzini all the way from second.The tight score was short-lived, as Lowry exploded for 12 runs in the top of the second to take a commanding 15-2 lead.After Sahlberg was replaced following his fifth walk of the inning, and with Lowry leading 8-2, the Buckaroos went on to score another seven runs with two outs, sending 15 batters to the plate. The final four runs came on a grand slam home run over the center field fence by cleanup hitter Andrew Lindsey.Truckee posted its final two runs in the bottom of the third when Allen led off with a base hit, Tucker Nevin doubled to right-center and Vosburgh hit a two-run double over Lindseys head in center.While the Wolverines had posted their final run of the contest, the Buckaroos were far from done. Lowry scored three more in the fourth inning and another 14 in the fifth off Vosburgh and freshman Maclane Brady, who had replaced Vosburgh in the fourth. A number of Truckee errors contributed to the outburst.The game ended on the 10-run mercy rule after Truckee failed to score in the fifth.
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