Truckee baseball | Win streak ends as Wolverines go 3-1 in Redding tournament
The Truckee baseball team finished 3-1 in a tournament held at the Big League Dreams complex in Redding (Calif.) this past Thursday and Friday, ending its 11-game winning streak.
The Wolverines (16-5 overall) opened the California tournament with a 4-2 loss to Central Valley and an 18-8 win against Gridley on Thursday. The went on to defeat Trinity 4-2 and Orland 3-1 the next day.
The final two wins were well earned.
Against Orland to end the tournament, Truckee trailed 1-0 for much of the contest behind a solid start by senior Tony Buranzon, who gave up only the one unearned run in six innings. Steven Baker came through in the top of the seventh when he stepped to the plate with the bases loaded and cleared them with a double to give Truckee a 3-1 lead. Chris Towle then held Orland scoreless in bottom of the seventh to pick up the save.
Truckee mustered only four hits off of Orland starter Jeremy Millert, who struck out eight and walked six in a complete-game loss. Baker was 1-for-4 with his clutch double, while Andy McKechnie, Ryan Smith and Jackson Rohlf each contributed singles. Buranzon recorded seven strikeouts and allowed four hits and three walks.
Earlier that day, had it not been for three errors and a dropped third strike, Truckee senior Stein Retzlaff would have thrown a perfect game against Trinity. Retzlaff fanned 11 hitters and did not issue a hit or walk. But Trinity eked out a run in the fifth to cut Truckee’s lead to 4-1 and added another in the seventh, both off of errors.
Truckee had eight hits in the game, with Baker going 2-for-3 with two doubles and an RBI and McKechnie going 2-for-3 with an RBI. Travis Ferre, Smith, Aaron Pado and Rohlf each had one hit.
The Wolverines jumped on Gridley early en route to the 18-8 win, scoring 10 runs in the first and three in the second to take a commanding lead.
Freshman Cooper Krug was 3-for-4 with three RBIs in the game, while Rohlf was 3-for-3 with a double and two RBIs, and Luke Theis was 3-for-4 with a double. Baker had a hit and two RBIs, McKechnie had two doubles and an RBI, and Max Collinson had a hit and two RBIs as Truckee pounded out 17 hits.
Truckee took an early 2-1 lead against Central Valley. But the Falcons held the Wolverines scoreless the rest of the way as they tied the score with one in the fourth and took over the lead with a two-run sixth. Baker started and went the distance, allowing two earned runs (four total) on three hits and three walks.
Offensively, Baker went 2-for-4 with a double, while Towle and Theis each hit a double and Trevor Auldridge and McKechnie each had a single. Rohlf had Truckee’s only RBI.
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