Truckee baseball, softball | Wolverines swept at Elko
The Truckee baseball and softball teams are scheduled to play a three-game league series at Lowry on Thursday and Friday.
ELKO — In recent years, the Elko-Truckee baseball games were synonymous with barnburner contests.
While Friday lived up to that billing with Elko rallying for a thrilling 14-13 win, Saturday’s doubleheader was anything but a nail-biter. The Indians routed the Wolverines 14-4 and 15-5 in a pair of contests that ended early due to the mercy rule.
The Indians, who improved to 13-4 in Northern Division I-A play, rallied from an eight-run deficit to beat Truckee by a run in the first game of the series.
“We knew Truckee would battle and fight for their coach,” Tribe coach Shane Gilligan said, referring to Truckee coach Mike Ellis, who passed away two weeks ago. “They’re going through some tough stuff.”
The Wolverines (3-10 league) nearly had Elko after they scored 11 runs in the top of the fifth to take a 13-5 lead.
The Indians, however, did not throw in the towel and kept chipping away. Down 13-9, they scored five in the bottom of the seventh, including the walk-off flare single by Chad Schumacher that was nearly caught by a diving Truckee center fielder Mike Jones.
Teagan Pado went 3-for-3 with two doubles for the Wolverines, Riley Guiragossian was 2-for-3 with a double, Bradley VanSchoonhoven was 2-for-4 with a double, and Cameron Hollabaugh 2-for-5.
The Truckee softball team dropped three league games at Elko on Friday and Saturday, 18-0, 11-5 and 6-2.
The Indians (7-10 league) started Saturday with a big eight-run first inning, but the next 13 innings Saturday were played pretty evenly.
“We made some adjustments and the kids rose to the occasion,” Truckee coach Chris Simpson said. “Elko hit to the left side so we moved some good players to third and shortstop, and that helped a lot.”
In the bottom of the first inning, Elko picked up where it left off Friday. Shelbie Dorsa smacked a single to center, and Marissa Elquist walked. ShayDea Mead followed with an RBI single to center, and Elquist later scored on a passed ball. After Aly Freitag was hit by a pitch, Megan Finlayson followed with a two-run double, and later in the inning, Heathman hit a three-run, inside-the-park home run to make it 8-0.
Unlike Friday, the Wolverines were able to battle back and make it a game. Adela Ortiz singled, Mekenna Paulson reached on an error, Hana Venegas walked, and Katie Fisher singled, and all four players eventually scored to cut their deficit in half. Truckee got as close as 8-5 before Elko tacked on a couple of late insurance runs to seal the deal, including Dorsa smacking a two-run single in the fifth.
Mead and Macy Fleck pitched for the Indians, and Sylvia Soto threw all 16 innings for the Wolverines during the series.
“Sylvia pitched great. She’s got such a big heart,” Simpson said.
In the second game, Fleck went the distance in the circle. She got the job done, but the Tribe’s offense was unable to really break loose.
The Indians got a run in the first as Dorsa reached on an error and came home on single by Mead. They tacked on two more in the second inning off an RBI double by Emily Anderson, and a run-scoring single by Dorsa.
The Wolverines came back with two in the third thanks to an RBI single by Lauren Peak and a couple of Elko errors.
Elko added insurance runs in the fourth, fifth and sixth innings. In the fourth, Anderson doubled again and came around on an error, while Freitag singled in the fifth and scored on a wild pitch. Mead had an RBI single in the sixth.
Truckee had one last hope in the top of the seventh. Peak singled, Diana Rosas was hit by a pitch, and Claire Roberts reached on a fielder’s choice that loaded the bases with two outs, but the final batter hit a tapper back to Fleck, who tossed to first for the final out.
Peak went 3-for-4 in the series finale and Fisher was 2-for-4.