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Truckee baseball | Wolverines split league doubleheader against Whittell

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Submitted to swright@sierrasun.comTruckee's Tony Buranzon lays down the tag on an attempted steal during the first game of the Wolverines' doubleheader against Whittell on Saturday.
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The Truckee baseball team split its Mount Rose League doubleheader against Whittell on Saturday in Gardnerville, dropping the first game 6-5 and winning the second game 20-14.

The Wolverines took the early lead in Game 1 as leadoff batter Tony Buranzon reached on an error, James DePew hit a double and Jackson Rohlf drove them both in with a two-RBI single.

Truckee added to the lead in the second when Buranzon drew a walk, Andy McKechnie hit a single and DePew hit another double to plate two more runs and give the Wolverines a 4-0 lead.

The Warriors came back with three runs in the third on a hit batter and three singles. In the sixth, Whittell took the lead, 5-4, on a two-out walk, a stolen base and an RBI single.

In the top of the seventh, Truckee third baseman Troy Allen reached base on an error and advanced to third on a sacrifice bunt by Austin McWhinney. Allen wasted no time and tied the score with a straight steal of home on the next pitch.

Truckee could not hold the tie, though, as Whittell hit a triple with two outs in the bottom of the seventh and scored the winning run on a wild pitch.

DePew went six innings on the hill, giving up five runs on eight hits and three walks while striking out eight in the no decision. DePew also led the Wolverines at the plate with two doubles, two RBIs and two intentional walks.

Game 2 saw a reversal of fortune for both teams. While Truckee took the first lead when Steven Baker singled, was balked to second and made it around to home on an error, it was Whittell who held the 5-1 lead when the first inning ended.

But the Wolverine bats came alive, as they sent at least nine batters to the plate in the second, third and fourth innings and held a firm 20-6 lead as the Warriors came to bat in the bottom of the fifth.

Whittell, not wanting to go quietly, sent 11 batters to the plate in the inning, scoring seven runs. But it was not enough as Truckee held on for the 20-14 victory.

DePew again led the Wolverine offense with three hits, while Baker, Rohlf, McWhinney and McKechnie each had two. Max Collinson and Rohlf each had bases-clearing, three-run triples.

After entering the game with one out in the first, Aaron Pado threw four innings, striking out three, while yielding five runs on seven hits and no walks in the victory.

Truckee is now 4-1 in the Mount Rose League and 8-9 overall. The Wolverines continue league play with three games against South Tahoe this week, one on Wednesday and two on Saturday.

The Truckee softball team lost both games of a league doubleheader against Whittell, dropping the first game by a score of 6-2 and the second by a score of 9-1.

Stats were not available.

The Wolverines are scheduled to play a makeup doubleheader against North Tahoe on Saturday at Damonte Ranch High School in Reno. Game times are at 11 a.m. and 1 p.m.

and#8212; Information about the baseball game was submitted to Sports Editor Sylas Wright at swright@sierrasun.com.


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