Truckee baseball | Wolverines get feet wet in Reno tourney
The Wolverines are scheduled to open Northern Division I-A play with three home games against Fallon this Friday and Saturday. Friday’s game starts at 3 p.m. and Saturday’s doubleheader is at 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. Depending on field conditions, the games will be played at either the high school or Truckee River Regional Park.
The Truckee baseball team opened the season with five games in the Mike Bearman Memorial Tournament in Reno this past Thursday through Saturday.
The Wolverines went 1-4 against mostly Division I schools. They lost 8-3 loss to Carson, 7-5 to North Valleys, 5-4 to Galena and 7-5 to South Tahoe, which was the only Division I-A program they faced. The Wolverines picked up their one win against North Valleys, which they played twice, by a 8-6 final.
“We’re extremely happy with how the weekend went,” said first-year Truckee coach J.R. Murphy. “We only won one game, but we were in every single game until the last inning. Our relief pitching was the only thing. The guys hit the ball really well.”
Cam Hollabaugh, Teagan Pado and Max Wingard led Truckee offensively in the Galena contest. Hollabaugh was 2-for-3 with a deep home run, Wingard was 2-for-2 with two RBIs and Pado was 2-for-3 with a double. Gavin Broad and Jayden Commendatore contributed a hit apiece.
Hollabaugh started on the mound and allowed only three hits in five innings. He gave up two walks and three runs, although none were earned. Brian Riofrio allowed two earned runs in relief.
Truckee also led South Tahoe late into the contest, but the Vikings scored a run in the sixth and two in the seventh to pull out the win.
Connor Bullion started and recorded eight strikeouts in 5 2/3 innings. He gave up seven hits and five runs before Wingard came in for relief, allowing two runs in 1 1/3 innings.
The Wolverines had eight hits, with Collin Caruso going 2-for-4 with two RBIs. JJ Bellon was 2-for-3 with an RBI, and Hollabaugh was 2-for-4. Will Churchman had a hit and RBI, and Commendatore had a hit.
Gavin Broad started and earned the victory in Truckee’s first meeting with North Valleys. Stats were not clear for the two games against the Panthers and not available for the Carson game.