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Truckee baseball: Wolverines advance to 3A state championship tournament

Sylas Wright
Sierra Sun
Greyson Howard/Sierra SunTruckee junior Jordan Deiro makes a running catch in left field during the Wolverines' 13-8 playoff win over Fernley on Saturday. Truckee swept the best-of-three Northern 3A regional series to advance to the state championship tournament in Las Vegas on May 21-23.
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TRUCKEE ” Junior leadoff man Jordan Deiro crushed a home run to deep left-center to highlight a five-RBI performance as host Truckee swept Fernley from the postseason, 13-8, on Saturday.Im pleased with all these guys. They played hard to get here and put in a lot of work, said Truckee head coach Mike Ellis, whose team won Game 1 of the best-of-three regional series 9-3 on Friday. I have a feeling were going to be lights out down there (in Las Vegas). The guys are playing their hearts out.The win advances the second-seeded Wolverines (17-3 league) to the 3A state championship tournament May 21-23 in Las Vegas. Top-seeded Spring Creek swept Sparks 13-1, 9-8 in its regional series to also advance to state, where the Spartans and Wolverines will meet Virgin Valley, the South’s No. 1 seed, and second-seeded Faith Lutheran in the double-elimination tournament.Junior right-hander Maclane Brady picked up the series-clinching win for the Wolverines, recording five strikeouts while walking five and holding the Vaqueros to four hits in 5 2/3 innings. Only three of his seven runs allowed were earned. Brady, who at times struggled to locate his pitches and went deep into many counts, had all the run support he needed as Truckee banged out 15 hits off Fernley starter Tucker Taylor. The hits came in all forms some pelted, like Deiros solo blast to lead off the second, and others grounded or blooped into open space. When not reaching base by a hit, the Wolverines worked Taylor for walks and capitalized on several physical and mental errors by the Vaqueros.Sophomore center fielder Chris Luna put the Vaqueros (9-11 league) on the board first when he connected on Bradys first pitch of the game for a leadoff home run to right-center. Truckee answered with four runs in the bottom half of the inning, scoring (in no particular order) by way of a hit batter, a walk, error, bloop single and two doubles.After Deiros shot in the second put the home team up 5-1, the Wolverines went on to score five more in the fourth to open up a 10-1 lead.Hopes of ending the game on the 10-run mercy rule were dashed in top half of the fourth, when Fernley rallied for four runs on two hits, a walk and three errors to cut the lead to 10-5. The Vaqueros didnt give up there, posting two more runs in the sixth and nearly more as Truckee reliever Scott Mathot escaped the inning with the bases loaded.We didnt let up, said Fernley head coach Ray Bachman. We had a couple of opportunities. We had the bases loaded in the sixth and wound up grounding out, so that was huge. But my hats off to Truckee. They outplayed us all year actually the last two years. So I wish them good luck.Fernley left seven runners on base.Besides Deiros 3-for-4 day with five RBIs and three runs scored, catcher Kevin Decker went 3 for 4 with a double, RBI and two runs, Brian Matthew was 3 for 4 with three runs, and Mike Fagan was 2 for 4 with a double, two RBIs and a run. Everyone on our team can hit, and thats what we wanted to prove today, said Deiro, who described his home-run pitch as a belt-high fastball with a full count.Fagan said the Wolverines will have to continue to swing hots bat while playing clean defense and throwing strikes if they want to bring home the school’s first state championship since 1992.Were going to have to bring our A-game, Fagan said. We cant have any mistakes. We need to limit the errors, limit the walks and keep it up with the bats thats it.For the Vaqueros, Dylan Evans, Chris Rothgeb and AJ Estrada each went 2 for 4, with Evans adding a final run with a solo homer in the seventh.

TRUCKEE STATSHitting Jordan Deiro 3-4, HR, 5 RBI, 3 R; Kevin Decker 3-4, 2B, RBI, 2 R; Justin Vosburgh 1-3, RBI, R; Mike Fagan 2-4, 2B, 2 RBI, R; Michael Taylor 1-4, 2 RBI; Travis Dwyer 2-2, 2 R; Scott Mathot 0-1, R; Brian Matthew 3-4, 3 R.Pitching Maclane Brady (WP): 5 2/3 IP, 5 K, 5 W, 4 H, 7 R (3 ER); Scott Mathot: 1 1/3 IP, K, 2 W, 4 H, R.FERNLEY STATSHitting: Chris Luna 1-2, HR, R; Josh Cutts 1-4, 2 RBI; Kenney Bradley 0-2, R; Dylan Evans 2-4, HR, RBI, 2 R; Sean Botelho 0-2, R; Chris Rothgeb 2-4, 2B, R; AJ Estrada 2-4, 2 RBI, 2 R.Pitching: Tucker Taylor 6 IP, 4 K, 4 W, 8 H, 13 R.

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