Truckee baseball, softball teams beat rival to cap regualr season
The Truckee High baseball team beat North Tahoe 2-1 and 13-2 in a doubleheader at Tahoe Vista’s Regional Park last Saturday.
The wins ensured the Wolverines a fifth seed in the zone playoffs, where they will face No. 2-seeded Spring Creek in a three-game series at Spring Creek Friday and Saturday. The Wolverines play Friday at 3:30 p.m. and Saturday at 11 a.m. and 1 p.m., if necessary.
Senior Ben Tonon pitched the first game of the doubleheader for Truckee, going all nine innings of the extra innings battle to get the win. Tonon struck out 16 North Tahoe batters and had a no-hitter going into the seventh, when the Lakers scored a run to tie the game at 1.
“He carried us on his back,” Truckee head coach Mike Ellis said.
In the top of the ninth with Paco Ruiz and Brendan Driscoll on base, North Tahoe coach Larry Orlando instructed his pitcher to walk Jason Chapman intentionally, setting up a bases loaded situation for senior catcher Scott Decker. Decker then came through with a deep sacrifice fly for the go-ahead run.
Tonon shut down the Lakers in the bottom half of the ninth to end the game.
Offensively for the Wolverines, Chapman went 1 for 2 with a double; John Hooper 1 for 5; Tonon 2 for 4; Andrew Mazzini 1 for 3; Kevin Flynn 2 for 4 with an RBI; and Brendan Driscoll 1 for 3.
Game 2 of the doubleheader wasn’t so close, as Truckee’s Ruiz struck out nine North Tahoe hitters and allowed just two runs in the 13-2 win.
Chapman was 3 for 4 with an RBI; Decker 2 for 4 with two doubles and two RBIs; Mazzini 2 for 4 with a double and three RBIs; Hooper 3 for 5 with a double and three RBIs; Tonon 1 for 4 with an RBI; Flynn 2 for 4 with two RBIs; Trevor Allen 2 for 2; and Ruiz 2 for 4 with a double and an RBI.
The Wolverines varsity softball team won both games of a doubleheader 6-3 and 14-3 against North Tahoe Saturday.
The pair of wins put Truckee (6-10) in a tie with Yerington for the sixth and final seed for playoffs, setting up a one-game tie-breaker against the Lions on Tuesday. If the Wolverines beat Yerington ” the game did not finish until after press time Tuesday ” they will play No. 1-seeded Spring Creek in a three-game series at Spring Creek this Friday at 3:30 p.m. and Saturday at 11 a.m. and 1 p.m., if necessary.
Morgan Womack pitched a complete game in the first of two on Saturday. Offensively for the Wolverines, Corina Mincey went 2 for 4 with a home run, Katie Reiswig 3 for 4 and freshman Cynthia Brenes 1 for 2 with two hit-by-pitches. Several others had one hit each.
Kathleen Lee pitched Game 2. Mincey was 3 for 4, Katie Geresy 2 for 3, Reiswig 3 for 4, Logan White 3 for 4 with two doubles and Womack 1 for 2 with a triple.
The Truckee High JV softball team won both games of a doubleheader against North Tahoe 17-4 and 18-2 on Saturday.
North Tahoe scored its four runs in the first inning mainly off of Truckee errors. Hannah Zusy pitched for Truckee and allowed three hits, a walk and two strikeouts in five innings. For Truckee, Allee Macrori was 3 for 3 with four runs scored; Ashlyn Aulwurm 2 for 4 with an RBI and two runs; Jaimee Raber 1 for 4 with a double; Kelli Cowden 2 for 3 with two runs; Megan Licciardo 1 for 3 with a run; and Kati Murphy 2 for 3 with a triple and a run. Cowden also did a great job catching both games, Truckee head coach Kelly Abercrombie said. She caught in place of Ali Tucker, who had an injured knee.
In the second game, North Tahoe also scored its only runs in the first inning. Kati Murphy pitched the game and had 10 strikeouts in five innings. At the plate, Lauren Cowden was 2 for 3 with three runs scored; Annie Duner 2 for 3 with three runs; Hannah Zusy 3 for 3 with three runs; Jaimee Raber 2 for 4 with a home run; Hailey Petzolt 1 for 2; Yuko Ikeda 1 for 2; and Kati Murphy 2 for 3 with a double and a home run.
The Truckee High golf team placed fifth in the North Tahoe Tournament last Friday. The team shot 439. Spring Creek shot 410, Lowry 417, Dayton 424, Fernley 429 and Yerington 466.
Individually for the Wolverines, Kevin Barchas shot an 82, Bryce Poulin 86, Patrick Galvin 87, Rich Breuner 91 and Danny Kruck 93.
With one tournament remaining ” Thursday at Truckee’s Old Greenwood at 10 a.m. ” and the top three teams making the postseason, the Wolverines are in fifth place with 44 points in the Northern 3A standings. Lowry and Spring Creek are tied for first place with 54 points apiece. Dayton has 46 points and Fernley 45.
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