Truckee baseball: Wolverines complete series sweep against Lowry
Senior pitcher/shortstop Maclane Brady powered up with three home runs to help the Wolverines rally past Lowry, 10-9, in extra innings Monday.
The win, which completed the three-game series sweep, marked the Wolverines’ ninth in a row, and eighth straight in league as they took a commanding lead over Fernley (7-5) in the Northern 3A standings, at 13-2. Truckee wraps up its league schedule this week with a three-game series against Fernley, which must win its final six games against Truckee and Sparks to overtake the Wolverines in the standings.
Monday’s win didn’t come easy. Capped by a three-run bomb by Brady, the Wolverines stormed back from a 6-3 deficit with a six-run seventh, then had to limit a spirited Lowry comeback to three runs in the bottom of the inning before going ahead for good in the eighth.
and#8220;They compete. They don’t give up,and#8221; Truckee head coach Mike Ellis said of his team, which also beat Lowry (6-6) in eight innings Saturday, and has four wins in extra innings this season. and#8220;They play good together as a team, and they never say die. They know they can win it at any time. I think they’ve proven it time and time again.and#8221;
Brady continues to make a case for league MVP, as Truckee’s staff ace followed a dominant pitching performance in Game 1 Saturday with a 4-for-5 day at the plate Monday, including the three home runs and five RBI. Brady, whose 1.19 ERA ranks second in the Northern 3A, now has a league-leading .472 batting average on the year. His eight home runs ranks first, as does his .958 slugging percentage.
Senior leadoff man Jordan Deiro, who ranks first in the league with 33 runs scored, gave Truckee a 10-9 lead in the eighth when he hit a triple and scored on an error. Brady then came in and closed the door with a scoreless bottom of the eighth.
Senior Brian Matthew went 3 for 5 with a double, while Tanner Churich, Ryan Zusy, Matt Theis and James DePew each had one hit. DePew, whose .458 average is second highest in league behind Brady, had three RBI, and Deiro and Zusy each had one.
DePew started on the mound, giving up five runs (four earned) in 4 1/3 innings while striking out four. Zusy allowed four runs in 2 2/3 innings of relief, including a three-run home run in the bottom of the seventh before the left-hander pitched out of trouble.