Truckee baseball: Wolverines split four games in Redding tournament
REDDING, Calif. ” The Wolverines went 2-2 and finished fourth competing against all California programs in the Big League Dreams Tournament in Redding this past Thursday and Friday.
Truckee began the tournament with two wins on Thursday, beating Gridley 10-7 and Yreka 19-0 to advance to Friday’s championship round.
The Wolverines came up short in their bid to move on to the championship, losing 3-2 to Paradise before losing 10-0 to Wheatland to close the tournament.
Truckee head coach Mike Ellis said his team struggled to generate offense against the quality pitching of Paradise and Wheatland. But aside from a number of errors his Wolverines committed throughout the tournament, the coach was pleased with the results.
“We had a blast,” said Ellis, whose team remains 7-2 in Northern 3A league play. “California pitching sometimes is (better than in other states), and we got to see that up close the last two games.”
Especially the final contest against Wheatland, when Jordan Deiro and Kevin Decker had Truckee’s only two hits in the game, which was called after six innings on the 10-run mercy rule.
The Wolverines managed six hits against Paradise, with junior Maclane Brady leading the way with both of Truckee’s RBIs on a 2 for 2 performance.
Senior ace Justin Vosburgh kept Truckee in the game from the mound, allowing four hits and striking out six in seven innings. All three Paradise runs were unearned, as the Wolverines committed five errors behind Vosburgh, Ellis said.
Scott Mathot pitched Truckee to a complete-game win over Gridley in Thursday’s opener, giving up just two earned runs on six hits while recording six strikeouts. Gridley scored five unearned runs in the fifth inning on several Truckee errors.
Vosburgh went 2 for 4 at the plate with a double and three stolen bases, while Matt Theis was 2 for 5 with a double and two RBIs and Michael Taylor 1 for 3 with a double and two RBIs. Mike Fagan also drove in two runs.
Ryan Zusy pitched four innings and picked up the win in the rout of Yreka. The junior left-hander struck out six and gave up just one hit and no runs before Deiro relieved him for the fifth and final inning, striking out the side.
Just about everyone got in on the hit parade for the Wolverines, as Truckee had 15 hits to Yreka’s one.
Deiro was 2 for 2 with a pair of doubles and two RBIs, Decker was 3 for 4 with four RBIs, Vosburgh 2 for 3 with a double and two RBIs, Matthews 2 for 2 with two stolen bases and two RBIs, and Fagan 2 for 3 with two stolen bases and two RBIs. Brady and Travis Dwyer also contributed two RBIs apiece, while Matt Theis knocked in three runs.
Game 1 vs. Gridley
Matt Theis 2-5, 2B, 2 RBI; Justin Vosburgh 2-4, 2B, 3 SB; Mike Fagan 1-3, 2 RBI; Michael Taylor 1-3, 2B, SB, 2 RBI; Maclane Brady 1-2; Travis Dwyer RBI; Brian Matthews 1-2, 2B, RBI; Jamison White 1-2; Jared McDonnell 1-2, RBI.
Game 2 vs. Yreka
Jordan Deiro 2-2, 2 2B, SB, 2 RBI; Kevin Decker 3-4, 4 RBI; Justin Vosburgh 2-3, 2B, 2 RBI; Brian Matthews 2-2, RBI; Mike Fagan 2-3, 2 SB, 2 RBI; Michael Taylor 2 runs; Maclane Brady 1-1, 2 RBI; Jamison White run; Matt Theis 1-1, 2B, 3 RBI; Jared McDonnell 1-2; Travis Dwyer 1-3, 2B, 2 RBI.
Game 3 vs. Paradise
Justin Vosburgh SB; Mike Fagan 1-2; Maclane Brady 2-2, 2 RBI; Brian Matthews 1-3; Matt Theis 1-3, 2B; Travis Dwyer 1-3.
Game 4 vs. Wheatland
Jordan Deiro 1-2, 2B; Kevin Decker 1-3, SB.