Truckee baseball | Vaqueros take final league series
Final Northern Division I-A standings
x-1. Fallon 20-4 20-9
x-2. Elko 19-5 22-7
x-3. South Tahoe 16-8 18-11
x-4. Spring Creek 16-8 19-9
5. Fernley 13-11 16-12
6. Sparks 9-15 13-15
7. Truckee 7-17 8-21
8. Dayton 5-19 6-19
9. Lowry 3-21 5-23
x-Clinched playoff berth.
Fernley halted the Truckee baseball team’s momentum in the final league series of the season Friday and Saturday.
Entering the series with six wins in their last seven games, the Wolverines dropped all three games at the Vaqueros, falling 5-3, 9-3 and 11-0.
Truckee finished the year 7-17 in Northern Division I-A play, while Fernley finished 13-11 and one spot away from a playoff berth.
Fallon, at 20-4, secured the top regional playoff seed and will be joined by Elko (19-5), South Tahoe (16-8) and Spring Creek (16-8) in the double-elimination tournament in Dayton this weekend.
In Truckee’s series opener Friday, Fernley scored a run in the third inning and added two more in both the fourth and fifth to take a 5-0 lead. Truckee rallied for three runs in the sixth off of Fernley starter Zach Burns but could not make up the deficit. Brandon Hlade earned the save with a scoreless seventh.
Truckee had four hits in the game, with sophomore Jayden Commendatore going 2-for-2 with an RBI and Bradley VanSchoonhoven driving in a run. Teagan Pado and Cam Hollabaugh added a hit apiece.
Hollabaugh started and was tagged with the loss. He gave up five runs (two earned) on five hits and four walks while striking out three in five innings.
Junior Miles Guiragossian started Game 1 of Saturday’s doubleheader and allowed 10 hits and four walks, with four strikeouts. Six of Fernley’s nine runs were earned. Hlade started for Fernley and struck out five in six innings.
The contest remained close in the early innings, as Truckee tied the score at 2-2 in the third inning. But Fernley retook the lead with a run in the bottom half of the inning and tacked on three more in the fourth. The hosts added a run in the fifth and two in the sixth to put the game away.
The Vaqueros limited the Wolverines to six hits. Pado was 2-for-3 with an RBI, and Gavin Broad was 2-for-2. Commendatore contributed an RBI, and Guiragossian and Hollabaugh each had one hit.
Fernley jumped on Truckee early in the series finale, scoring five runs in the first inning and four in the second for a commanding 9-0 lead. The game ended after five on the 10-run rule.
Truckee managed only three hits off of Fernley starter Kevin Montgomery — one apiece by Pago, Commendatore and JJ Bellon. Montgomery recorded seven strikeouts.