Truckee baseball | Wolverines earn top playoff seed with undefeated league campaign
The Truckee baseball team clinched the top 3A seeds out of the Mount Rose League with a pair of big wins at Sparks on Friday and Saturday.
After eking out a 7-6 comeback win over the Railroaders on Wednesday, the Wolverines didn’t mess around with the remaining two games of the series, as they won 8-0 and 11-3 to wrap up a flawless 12-0 run through the Mount Rose League.
Truckee has now won 10 straight games, and 21 of its last 22, to improve to 23-5 overall with one nonleague game remaining, at Bear River (Calif.) on Friday. Sparks fell to 8-4 in league and 14-8 overall.
Senior starter Tony Buranzon was lights out in Friday’s shutout victory. The right-hander scattered three hits and three walks while striking out 12 in a complete-game effort.
Buranzon has thrown 36 consecutive innings and#8212; his last seven outings and#8212; without giving up an earned run. He’s 6-1 with a 0.51 ERA overall, with 40 strikeouts and 14 walks in 41 innings pitched.
He had plenty of offensive support against Sparks, which also hurt its cause with six errors in the game. Truckee racked up 11 hits while scoring three runs in the second, two in the third and three more in the fourth en route to the lopsided win.
Senior cleanup hitter Trevor Auldridge hit a home run and had two RBIs, while Andy McKechnie had two hits and an RBI, and Brooks Hudson and Ryan Smith each had two hits. Steven Baker, Luke Theis, Travis Ferre and Jackson Rohlf each contributed an RBI.
Senior Stein Retzlaff started Saturday’s game and gave up three runs on six hits and six walks in four and two-thirds innings. Aaron Pado threw two and one-third scoreless innings in relief, allowing two hits and a walk.
The Wolverines led 3-1 after one inning before adding two runs in the fourth, one in the fifth and five in the sixth. The Railroaders plated a run in the fourth and another in the fifth while leaving 13 runners stranded on base.
Eight different Truckee players had a hit apiece, with Rohlf driving in two runs on a first-inning triple, and Retzlaff knocking in two runs with a double. Buranzon and McKechnie both had a double, and Baker, Chris Towle and Pado singled.
With their league schedule complete, the top-seeded Wolverines of the Mount Rose League are preparing to host the No. 2 seed from the Lahontan League, which has yet to be determined, on Friday and Saturday, May 11-12. Friday’s game starts at 3:30 p.m. and Saturday’s at 10 a.m. and, if necessary, 1 p.m. Winners of the three regional series will then be re-seeded for the state tournament, which is May 17-19 at Damonte Ranch High School and Peccole Park at the University of Nevada, Reno.
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