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Truckee baseball | Wolverines split league doubleheader against Vikings

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In a continuation of a budding rivalry in the newly formed Mount Rose league, the Truckee and South Tahoe baseball teams split their doubleheader at Governorand#8217;s Field in Carson City on Saturday.

While Truckee cruised to a 5-0 victory in the first game, South Tahoe took the second 7-6 in a come-from-behind, walk-off effort. In fact, three of the four Truckee-South Tahoe games this season have been decided in the last at-bat.

In Game 1, both pitchers held a shutout through three innings. The visiting Wolverines, though, drew first blood in the fourth as Troy Allen singled, advanced to second on a wild pitch and was driven in by the recently hot bat of Ryan Smith, who doubled to left.

The Vikings looked to get that run back in the bottom half of the fourth, as Andrew Contaxis reached on an infield single and went to third on a hit by Jamie Yelles. Derek Clenan then hit a soft fly to right field, giving Contaxis the chance to tag up and tie the score.

But Truckeeand#8217;s right fielder, Trevor Aldridge, made the catch and threw a strike to catcher Luke Theis at home to cut down Contaxis and end the threat.

Truckee starting pitcher James DePew was in cruise control, facing no more than four South Tahoe batters in any inning during his seven-inning outing.

In the sixth, DePew gave the down payment on some insurance with a bloop double down the third baseline. Smith finalized the transaction with a shot over the fence in left field, giving Truckee a 3-0 lead.

The Wolverines added two more runs in the seventh and held on for the shutout win.

DePew finished with 11 strikeouts while allowing four hits and no walks.

Jackson Rohlf, Troy Allen, Aldridge, DePew and Smith each contributed two hits to Truckeeand#8217;s 14-hit barrage.

The Vikings were ready for a little revenge as the second game began, but the Wolverines would strike first, as Theis doubled and reached home on a throwing error on a single by Aldridge. Aldridge later scored on a passed ball as Truckee took a 2-1 lead after three.

Truckee added another run in the fourth when Allen singled, stole second and reached home on an error.

The fifth saw Theis and Tanner Churich single. With one out and the runners at second and third, Rohlf laid down a perfect bunt to squeeze in Theis while Churich alertly advanced home while the Vikings were making the play on Rohlf at first.

Trailing 6-1 as Truckee made a pitching change to begin the bottom of the sixth, the Vikings saw an opportunity for comeback of their own.

After a questionable foul call that would have been an out, South Tahoeand#8217;s Jake Braun reached first on an error in short right field. Yelles followed up with a single and Contaxis reached on another Truckee error as Braun crossed the plate. Cody Higgins kept the rally alive with an RBI double, and Bobby Oakes pushed across two runs with a single to right, cutting the score to 6-5.

In the bottom of the seventh, Braun led off with a double and scored on a single by Contaxis. After reaching second on a passed ball and third on a ground out, Contaxis scored the winning run on a single by Oakes to right.

Wolverine starter Tony Buranzon struck out four and walked three while allowing only one hit in five innings of work. Theis, Allen and Churich each finished with two hits in the game.

The Wolverines will play a make-up game against Incline on Monday (location to be determined). Both Truckee and South Tahoe will then participate in the Big League Dreams tournament in Redding in the second half of the week.

and#8212; This article was e-mailed to Sports Editor Sylas Wright at swright@sierrasun.com.


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