Truckee baseball, softball: Wolverines outlast Railroaders in 12 |

Truckee baseball, softball: Wolverines outlast Railroaders in 12

Truckee senior Bradley VanSchoonhoven, shown in a league series at Fernley last month, earned the save in a 12-inning win at Sparks on Tuesday.
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The Truckee softball and baseball teams are scheduled to host three-game league series against South Tahoe on Friday and Saturday. Friday’s games both start at 3 p.m., with Saturday’s doubleheader at 11 a.m. and 1 p.m.

The Wolverines are in the win column.

After starting league with two tough series against the Fernley and Fallon, the Truckee baseball team struck early at Sparks on Tuesday and held on for a 6-5 win in 12 innings.

“It was a good win. It’s nice to get in the win column,” said Truckee coach J.R. Murphy, whose club improved to 1-6 in league. “We’ll look to keep on going from here.”

Truckee jumped on Sparks starter Bruce Hicks for five runs on five hits in the second inning to chase him from the game.

The Railroaders, who received 10 solid innings of relief from Elijah Shelton and Matt Longland, battled back with a three-run sixth and two-run seventh to send the game to extra innings.

Five scoreless innings later, Truckee loaded the bases for Gary Grosjean, who laid down a safety squeeze bunt to score the go-ahead run. Although the Wolverines could not muster any more runs out of the rally, Bradley VanSchoonhoven closed out the bottom of the 12th to preserve the win.

“There was some good pitching by both teams,” Murphy said, referring also to his starter, Connor Bullion, as well as relievers JJ Bellon, Grosjean and VanSchoonhoven. Although Longland was tagged with the loss, the junior finished with 12 strikeouts in eight innings, and threw 152 pitches.

The Wolverines tallied 10 hits in the contest and took advantage of four errors by the hosts. Sparks, which fell to 0-7 in league, had 12 hits.

Sparks softball rolls

The Truckee softball team dropped a league game at Sparks, 15-5, on Tuesday.

While the Wolverines outhit the Railroaders by a count of 10-7, the hosts took advantage of four Truckee errors and 10 walks as they scored at least two runs in each of the five innings.

Katie Fisher, Danielle Jackson and Anna Hudson recorded two hits apiece, with Fisher and Jackson each driving in a run, while Adela Ortiz had a triple and RBI. Daelyn Borden, Belin Abundiz and Evelyn Pena each had one hit.

Jackson started in the circle and struck out seven Railroaders.

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