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Truckee baseball | Wolverines go two and out at state

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Submitted to swright@sierrasun.comTruckee junior first baseman Ryan Smith stands on second during the Wolverines' 10-0 loss to Lowry in the state tournament on Saturday.
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The Truckee baseball team bowed out of the 3A State Championship tournament with a 10-0 defeat to Lowry on Friday.

For the second game in a row, Truckee pitching could not stay ahead of the opposition’s offense, as the Wolverines were routed 20-3 by Boulder City in their opener. And in contrast to the previous weekend’s regional series, Truckee’s defense wasn’t much help, either.

The Buckaroos started off the bottom of the first inning with a walk. That runner scored when the second batter reached second on a Truckee error. After Truckee starting pitcher James DePew walked the clean-up hitter, Lowry’s pitcher, Dusty Kraft, sent one over the left field wall to give the Buckaroos a quick 4-0 lead.

Lowry plated two more in the second on a two-out single and a home run.

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Wolverine hitters also struggled, as no more than a single batter reached base in any given inning. Truckee finished with four hits in the game, all singles.

DePew shut out the Buckaroos in the third and fourth innings, but Lowry put together another rally in the fifth. DePew allowed the first four batters to reach base before he was lifted for Stein Retzlaff, who struck out the first two batters he saw. But, on a walk, three singles and three Wolverine errors, Lowry then plated four more runs, enough to call the game early on the 10-run mercy rule.

DePew allowed 10 runs (six earned), on six hits and six walks while striking out five. Truckee’s defense committed five errors.

DePew, Luke Theis, Ryan Smith and Andy McKechnie led Truckee offensively with one hit each.

The Wolverines graduate only two seniors from this year’s team, DePew and Tanner Churich, while 14 players return, including six starters.


 

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