Truckee baseball wins two
The Truckee High baseball team defeated visiting Loyalton 17-7 and 10-3 in what may have been its final games of the season Saturday.
The Wolverines, who improved to 17-15 overall and finished 9-7 in Northern 3A league play, may or may not make up last week’s snowed out doubleheader with Whittell, said Truckee coach Mike Ellis.
Despite his disappointment about narrowly missing the postseason ” the Wolverines finished fifth in the Northern 3A, and the top four teams advance ” Ellis is pleased with what his young team was able to accomplish and excited about its potential.
“We got a young team. Next year is our year, and the year after and the year after,” the coach said. “We’ve got great kids coming up through the chain.”
On Saturday, junior Keven Sahlberg got the start for the Wolverines in Game 1, striking out four in 5 2/3 innings while walking two and allowing seven runs. Not all Sahlberg’s runs were earned, however, as Truckee committed six errors behind him.
Freshman Ryan Zusy ” whom Ellis called up from junior varsity for the final stretch of the season ” picked up the win pitching the last 1/3 of an inning. Loyalton led 7-4 when the left-handed Zusy replaced Sahlberg.
Truckee’s bats came alive in the bottom half of the sixth, resulting in 13 runs before the game was called on the 10-run mercy rule.
Senior Andrew Mazzini and sophomore Justin Vosburgh led the way at the plate for the Wolverines, as Mazzini went 3-for-3 with five RBIs and Vosburgh 4-for-4 with three RBIs.
Trevor Allen was 2-for-4 with an RBI, Kevin Decker 1-for-4 with an RBI, Sahlberg 1-for-4 with a double and RBI, Zusy 1-for-1 with two RBIs, Cruz Esquivel 1-for-1 and Pablo Esquivel 1-for-2. Brendan Driscoll also had an RBI.
Mazzini got the win starting Game 2.
The senior allowed three runs in 5 1/3 innings, striking out six before Vosburgh came in to pitch the final 1 2/3 innings.
As opposed to the offensive burst that led to 13 runs in the sixth inning of Game 1, Truckee scattered its runs throughout the second contest, scoring one in the first, two in the second, two in the third, three in the fifth and two in the sixth, Ellis said.
Michael Taylor went 3-for-3 with three hard-hit doubles and an RBI while Vosburgh was 1-for-4 with a deep solo home run that broke the window of a building beyond the left-field fence, Ellis said.
Decker was 2-for-4, Sahlberg 1-for-2, Pablo Esquivel 1-for-1 with a double and RBI, Mazzini 1-for-2 with two RBIs, Allen 1-for-4 and Driscoll 1-for-3 with an RBI.
The Truckee-North Tahoe softball games scheduled for Saturday at North Tahoe Regional Park were postponed. The doubleheader will be played at the same location Tuesday at 1 and 3 p.m.
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