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Truckee baseball | Wolverines crushed in state opener

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Steve Puterski / Lahontan Valley NewsTruckee senior James DePew slides into third base after belting a triple in the first inning of the Wolverines' opening-round game against Boulder City at the 3A state baseball tournament in Mesquite, Nev., on Thursday. Truckee lost, 20-3, in five innings.
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The Truckee baseball team dropped its opening-round game of the 3A State Championship tournament, 20-3, to Boulder City on Thursday.

Despite the blowout, the game started as a close one, in Truckee’s favor.

With two outs in the top of the first, James DePew drove a liner over the head of the Eagles’ center fielder for a triple. Ryan Smith then singled him in.

Wolverine pitcher Steven Baker shut down Boulder City to hold a 1-0 advantage after one inning.

Truckee plated another run in the second when Andy McKechnie reached on catcher’s interference, advanced to third and scored on a double steal during a first-and-third situation.

Entering the bottom of the second, it seemed the Wolverines had the advantage, holding a 2-0 lead. But Boulder City struck back in the frame, scoring eight runs on five free passes, three singles and two home runs. Baker struggled to find the strike zone, and when he did, the Eagles put great swings on it. Tony Buranzon relived Baker with one out in the frame.

Truckee was unable to score a run in the third, while Boulder City pushed across another three.

But the Eagles’ big inning was still to come. In the fourth, when they scored nine runs as they sent 14 batters to the plate.

The game was called in the fourth inning on the 10-run mercy rule.

– This article was submitted to Sports Editor Sylas Wright at swright@sierrasun.com.

Truckee will play Lowry, a 1-0 loser to Fallon, on Friday at 10 a.m. This is an elimination game, with the winner playing the loser of the Fallon-Boulder City game later in the day.

To tune in to the Truckee-Lowry matchup pitch by pitch, go to iscorecast.com and enter the customer ID, 4e41827b40.

Click on the top game listed, which should be the current or most recent game.