Truckee baseball | Wolverines score 37 vs. Whittell in doubleheader sweep
TRUCKEE, Calif. and#8212; Senior cleanup man Trevor Auldridge swings a mean bat in the friendly confines of Truckee River Regional Park.
That much was apparent in his team’s first hometown games of the year against visiting Whittell on Tuesday, which turned into a pair of Wolverine routs, 14-4 and 23-5, to extend their win streak to 11 games.
Auldridge was a one-man wrecking crew on the day, as he went 6-for-6 with seven RBIs in the Mount Rose League doubleheader, including a double, two home runs and five RBIs in the first game alone.
and#8220;He’s got some power. He’s gotten real good,and#8221; said Truckee head coach Mike Ellis, adding that Auldridge, who’s hitting an even .500 with a team-high 24 RBIs, has a number of near-homers on the year to go along with his three big flies. and#8220;He’d have a whole bunch if they still used the old bats.and#8221;
The Wolverines would have been just fine Tuesday without their cleanup hitter.
After Whittell took an early 3-0 lead in Game 1 and held a 4-2 advantage after two innings, Truckee’s offense began to click. The Wolverines surged ahead with a three-run third and three-run fourth before posting six in the bottom of the fifth to end the game on the 10-run rule.
In Game 2, the home team scored two in the first inning and added plenty of insurance in the second with a 10-run outburst. Truckee went on to score nine more in the third inning and two in the fourth en route to the big win. Whittell pushed across two runs in the fourth and three in the fifth to get on the board.
and#8220;They look good,and#8221; Ellis said of his team. and#8220;They believe in themselves right now. We’ve got ’em going in the right direction.and#8221;
Whittell left-hander Cody Gibson held the potent Truckee lineup in check early in the first contest as Truckee starter Max Collinson struggled. The Warriors scored three runs in a lengthy top half of the first and one more in the second off of Collinson, who gave up four hits and issued four walks in one and two-thirds innings. He was replaced by Aaron Pado, who escaped initial trouble and did not allow a run the final three innings.
Nine different Wolverines contributed a hit, with Tony Buranzon and Steven Baker driving in two runs apiece. Erik Holmer, Chris Towle, Andy McKechnie, Travis Ferre, Ryan Smith and Jackson Rohlf each finished with one hit.
Oliver Curiel led the Warriors with a 3-for-3 performance, while Robbie Poet and Hunter Morgan both had hits, and Gibson, Jake Sharp and Siriamma Williams each had an RBI.
Ty Englert started and earned the win in Game 2. He struck out six and allowed only two hits and no walks in three innings before Brandon Deeter and Holmer came in to close the final two innings.
Truckee had 19 hits in the game, with Baker going 3-for-3 with a triple and two RBIs, Brooks Hudson going 3-for-4 with two doubles and four RBIs, and Ferre finishing 3-for-4 with four RBIs. Towle had two hits and two RBIs, and Holmer, McKechnie, Smith, Collinson and Buranzon each had one hit.
Matt Elliott went 2-for-2 with a home run and two RBIs to lead the Warriors, while Morgan was 3-for-3 and Curiel was 2-for-3 with a triple and RBI. Gibson also had a hit for Whittell.
Truckee improved to 6-0 in Mount Rose League play and 13-4 overall as Whittell fell to 0-4 in league and 2-7-1 overall.
With 17 games in the bag and 12 remaining during the regular season, the Wolverines have a .404 team batting average, led by Buranzon’s .542 mark and Ferre’s .516. Auldridge and Rohlf are both hitting a cool .500, Baker is at .463, Luke Theis .448 and Pado .419.