Truckee baseball | Wolverines rout Moapa Valley to open state tournament |

Truckee baseball | Wolverines rout Moapa Valley to open state tournament

Sylas Wright / Sierra SunAs Brooks Hudson looks on, Truckee junior Andy McKechnie slides safely into home during the Wolverines' 13-5 win against Moapa Valley to open the 3A state tournament Thursday at Damonte Ranch High School.

RENO and#8212; Truckee spanked the ball all over the field and its ace hurler took care of the rest in a 13-5 win over Moapa Valley in the opening game of the 3A State Championship Baseball Tournament on Thursday.

Truckee, which entered as the No. 2 seed from the North, advanced to face third-seeded Fallon and#8212; which defeated top-seeded Elko 1-0 in its opener and#8212; on Friday at 10:15 a.m. The double-elimination tournament moves from Damonte Ranch High School to Peccole Park on the campus of University of Nevada, Reno on Friday and Saturday.

After a scoreless first inning Thursday, the Wolverines jumped on Moapa Valley starter Josh Repp for three runs in the top of the second. They went on to score at least one run in each inning, including a five-run fourth that extended their lead to 9-1.

The Wolverines hammered out 18 hits in the game to the Pirates’ six, as Truckee starter Steven Baker recorded 10 strikeouts versus two walks and gave up three earned runs out of the five total.

Truckee (27-5) committed three errors in the game while Moapa Valley (9-19) had two, although both Pirates miscues led to runs during the Wolverines’ three-run second. Moapa Valley entered as the top seed from the South.

Truckee has now won 14 straight games, and 25 of its last 26.

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