Truckee baseball: Wolverines drop two at playoff-bound Indians
The Truckee baseball team dropped both ends of a makeup doubleheader at Elko, 9-5 and 10-0, to end the season Monday.
The Wolverines gave the playoff-bound Indians a spirited effort in the opening game, taking an early 5-2 lead with a five-run second inning.
But Elko pulled to within one the following inning, tied the score in the fourth, and then pulled away with two runs in the fifth and two more in the sixth.
Will Beldon ignited Truckee’s second-inning rally with a double. Alec Vaio followed with a single, and Joey Gravell drove in Beldon with Truckee’s third consecutive hit. Max Wingard then drew a walk before Vaio scored on an Elko error and Miles Guiragossian drove in the go-ahead run with a sacrifice fly.
A single by Jayden Commendatore scored Jack Englert, and the Wolverines took a 5-2 lead when Bullion scored on Commendatore’s steal attempt. Gary Grosjean and Colin Just pitched for the Wolverines, with Grosjean going five innings and Just throwing one scoreless inning in relief.
In the second game, Elko freshman Brycen Kelly tossed a three-hit shutout in his first varsity start. Guiragossian doubled, and Bullion and Gravell each singled in the game, which was called after five innings on the mercy rule.
Gift of value
Truckee coaches and players benefitted from a kind gift this past season from the Lahontan Community Foundation, which donated $4,500 for the purchase of a portable backstop, said Truckee coach J.R. Murphy.
The backstop allows the Wolverines to take batting practice without having to chase down foul balls. It also provides safety for nearby Truckee softball players who often had to dodge those fouls.
“It’s a blessing to have it,” Murphy said of the backstop. “We’re thrilled and very thankful.”