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Truckee baseball: Wolverines strong early in loss to first-place Indians

Staff report
Truckee senior Joey Gravell camps under a fly ball Friday.
Anthony Mori / Elko Daily Free Press |

Northern Division I-A standings

Team League Overall

Elko 16-1 16-5-1

Spring Creek 13-3 17-4

Fernley 13-3 14-7

Fallon 11-6 14-8

South Tahoe 8-11 8-16

Dayton 6-11 10-11

Lowry 5-13 8-15

Truckee 3-12 3-17

Sparks 1-16 4-17

The Truckee baseball team hung with first-place Elko through four innings Friday, but the host Indians heated up late and pulled away for a 9-2 win.

After allowing a run in the second inning, the Wolverines took over the lead when Will Beldon drove in JJ Bellon and Miles Guiragossian with a base hit in the top of the third.

The lead was short-lived, however, as the Indians answered with two runs in the bottom half of the inning off of Truckee starter Bradley VanSchoonhoven to take a 3-2 lead. The score remained until the fifth, when Elko tacked on three more. The hosts put up another three runs in the sixth to break the game open.

Truckee managed just three hits in the contest off of Elko starter Brenden Yocum, who finished with five strikeouts in a complete-game effort.

Bellon and Connor Bullion both went 1-for-2, and Beldon was 1-for-3 with the two RBIs. VanSchoonhoven gave up eight earned runs on 12 hits in 5 1/3 innings, with two walks and one strikeout. Colin Just pitched the final 2/3 of an inning, limiting Elko to one hit while striking out one.

Benton Wickersham led the Indians with a home run, double and three RBIs, while Mykel Dick and Alec Wall each drove in two runs.

Saturday’s doubleheader was rained out.

Elko improved to 16-1 in the Northern Division I-A, with its only loss coming against fourth-place Fallon (11-6). Truckee fell to 3-12 in the league standings.

Truckee is scheduled to play a three-game league series at Lowry (5-13) this Thursday and Friday.