Truckee baseball | Wolverines can’t fend off late rallies against Sparks |

Truckee baseball | Wolverines can’t fend off late rallies against Sparks

Truckee senior Gavin Broad pitches against Sparks on Tuesday. Broad threw 5 2/3 innings before he was relieved in the 8-6 loss.
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Truckee plays a three-game series at Spring Creek on Friday and Saturday before returning home to host Elko on April 10-11.

The Wolverines looked poised to earn their first league win after five innings Tuesday. But the Railroaders were lying in wait.

Visiting Sparks rallied for three runs in the sixth inning and four more in the seventh to earn a come-from-behind, 8-6 win.

“Not a whole lot of good to say about that one,” said Truckee coach J.R. Murphy, whose Wolverines fell to 0-7 in Northern Division I-A play and 1-11 overall. “But hopefully soon we’ll scratch a couple of W’s and get going on the right path.”

The Wolverines bounced back from a 1-0 deficit with a three-run second inning. They added a run in the third and another in the fourth to stretch their lead to 5-1.

Senior starting pitcher Gavin Broad, who made it through 5 2/3 innings relatively unscathed, ran into trouble when Sparks (5-5 league, 9-5 overall) plated three runs with two outs in the sixth, the last of which scored on a Truckee error after JJ Bellon came on in relief.

Having cut the lead to 5-4, the Railroaders began the top of the seventh with an infield hit and consecutive walks to load the bases with no outs. Murphy called on sophomore pitcher Collin Caruso to get the Wolverines out of the jam, but Sparks scored four more times before Truckee escaped the threat.

“We’ve really been looking for that one guy in relief who can do a good job for us. Our starters have done pretty well for the most part, but we haven’t been able to get the job done in relief,” Murphy said.

The Wolverines answered with a run in the bottom of the seventh, but their rally fell short.

Truckee got off to a promising start as Broad breezed through the first inning before giving up an unearned run on an error in the second.

The Wolverines quickly made amends with three runs in the bottom of the second. After Bradley VanSchoonhoven reached on an error, Cam Hollabaugh followed with a hit and Connor Nicholas walked to load the bases. Miles Guiragossian then delivered a two-run single. Truckee tacked on another run on a double steal.

Joey Gravel led the Wolverines at the plate with a 3-for-3 game with a double against Sparks starter Travis Dulgar, who left after four innings, and left-handed reliever Austin Garrick. Hollabaugh was 3-for-5 and VanSchoonhoven 2-for-4 with a double. Jonny Spaich and Guiragossian contributed a hit apiece, while Spaich and Hollabaugh each had an RBI.

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