Truckee baseball | Wolverines sweep through crossover tournament
The Truckee baseball team blew away its competition at this past weekend’s 3A crossover tournament in Fallon to extend its win streak to eight games. The Wolverines defeated Fernley, Fallon and Dayton, all of the Lahontan League, by scores of 7-1, 15-7 and 11-9, respectively.
In Friday’s opener against Fernley (6-7), Truckee (10-4) started the scoring by plating six runs in the second on five hits, a hit batter and a Vaquero error. That’s all the Wolverines would need as they cruised to a 7-1 victory.
Senior starter Tony Buranzon went the distance, allowing three hits, a walk and no earned runs while striking out five on an efficient outing of just 76 pitches.
Ryan Smith led Truckee at the plate with three hits, as Trevor Auldridge and Brooks Hudson added two each.
The warm and calm weather was in stark contrast to Saturday’s contests in Fallon, where strong winds and blowing sand wreaked havoc on both teams and their fans.
Steven Baker took the hill in the first game against defending state champion Fallon (4-12). After working out of a bases-loaded jam in the second to preserve the 0-0 tie, Truckee initiated the scoring in the third when Hudson walked and eventually scored on Buranzon’s sacrifice bunt.
The Wolverines added two more in the second when Smith singled, Jackson Rohlf hit a ground-rule double to center, and Auldridge hit a two-run single.
Baker held a shutout through the fourth, but the wind kicked into high gear in the fifth and took the game in a new direction. The Vaqueros pushed two across on a walk and two triples.
At this point in the game, the storm made any ball hit in the air an adventure to catch. And the Wolverines took advantage in the sixth, as they scored nine runs on two in-the-park home runs (Auldridge, Baker), a triple (Auldridge), two doubles (Luke Theis, Buranzon), and hits by Rohlf, Hudson, Chris Towle, and Theis.
Baker earned the victory, allowing two earned runs on four hits and six walks while striking out seven. Ty Englert threw the final two innings, striking out four while allowing six hits, a walk and five earned runs.
Auldridge had a three-hit game as Towle, Rohlf, Theis and Buranzon collected two each.
In the second game Saturday, Truckee played as the home team against Dayton (7-8). While the wind was still prevalent, a field change seemed to take some of the edge off.
Stein Retzlaff took the hill for the Wolverines, but soon gave up a singe and a home run to allow the Dust Devils to take an early 2-0 lead.
Truckee struck back with a run in the bottom half of the first when Buranzon was hit by a pitch and scored on an Auldridge double. Luke Theis then hit a ground-rule double in the second and scored on a wild pitch to tie the score at two.
But the Dust Devils retook the lead in the third, and they notched four runs on two walks, a single, a double and a triple. Dayton held a 7-4 lead entering the bottom of the fifth, when its defense began to fall apart. The Wolverines scored three runs on just a single hit, a walk and three errors.
Towle relieved Retzlaff in the fifth, and faced the minimum in the fifth and sixth innings, as the Truckee defense stood tall for its pitcher.
The Wolverines pushed across four runs in the sixth and held an 11-7 lead entering the top of the sixth. But the Dust Devils had no intention and letting Truckee get away with this one.
Without recording an out, Dayton scored two on two walks, a triple and an error. Truckee went to its bullpen and inserted Andy McKechnie on the mound. With runners at the corners, including the tying run on first, McKechnie struck out the next three batters in order to preserve the 11-9 victory and the tournament sweep.
Auldridge hit three doubles, as Travis Ferre, Theis and McKechnie each had two hits.
UP NEXT: Truckee plays Whittell in a Mount Rose League doubleheader on Saturday.