Truckee baseball: Wolverines score 27 runs in doubleheader sweep
TRUCKEE — The Truckee baseball team endured its share of rocky times this season. You wouldn’t have known it on Friday, as the Wolverines swatted the ball to the tune of 31 hits and 27 runs in a doubleheader sweep against visiting Dayton.
On its senior farewell, Truckee won the first game 11-9 and ran away with the nightcap, 16-3, after establishing control with a nine-run first inning.
The Wolverines received a solid outing from senior pitcher JJ Bellon, who limited the Dust Devils to three runs on three hits and four walks in the second game. Bellon struck out four in the five-inning contest, which was called on the 10-run mercy rule.
He had plenty of offensive support. The Wolverines scored in each of the first four innings, backing up their nine-run first with two in the second, three in the third and two more in the fourth.
Senior shortstop Miles Guiragossian went 2-for-4 with a home run and three RBIs, Bradley VanSchoonhoven was 1-for-3 with three RBIs, Jayden Commendatore was 2-for-3 with a double and two RBIs, Will Beldon was 2-for-3 with two RBIs, and Mike Jones drove in two runs on one hit.
Jack Englert also contributed a hit and an RBI, Bellon had two hits and scored a run, and Connor Bullion had two hits and scored three runs.
In the first game, VanSchoonhoven started and went the distance in a gutsy performance. The senior scattered 11 hits and three walks while striking out four. He pitched through four errors and closed the door on a comeback attempt in the top of the seventh, when the Dust Devils pulled to within two with a four-run uprising.
Truckee banged out 18 hits and scored in each of the first five innings, including five runs in the fourth to take a 10-4 lead.
Commendatore and Bullion led the charge. Commendatore went 4-for-4 with a double and three RBIs, and Bullion was 4-for-4 with two doubles and an RBI. Englert also drove in two runs on two hits, Mike Jones had two hits and an RBI, VanSchoonhoven, Joey Gravell and Will Beldon each had a hit and an RBI, Bellon had two hits, and Guiragossian had one hit.
The third game of the league series on Saturday was rained out and will not be made up.
Truckee, which was eliminated from playoff contention last week, ended the season with a 6-17 league record after dropping both ends of a makeup doubleheader at Elko (17-7) on Monday, 9-5 and 10-0. Dayton, at 12-11, had already secured the No. 5 playoff seed.