Truckee baseball | Wolverines sweep Vikings, run new win streak to 7
TRUCKEE, Calif. and#8212; The Wolverines are streaking again.
The Truckee baseball team used a couple of clutch hits and solid pitching performances to win both ends of a Mount Rose League doubleheader against visiting South Tahoe on Saturday, 2-1 and 12-2.
The rout in Game 2 and#8212; which completed the three-game series sweep against the Vikings and#8212; marked the Wolverines’ seventh straight victory, and 17th in their last 18 games (they lost to Central Valley in a California tournament on April 12 to end an 11-game win streak). Truckee is now 20-5 overall and 9-0 in league.
The Vikings (7-15-1, 3-7 league) nearly handed the Wolverines their first league loss in Game 1.
South Tahoe starter Colton Marchesseault held Truckee off the scoreboard through six innings as he and Tony Buranzon were locked in a pitchers’ duel. But with one swing of the bat, Brooks Hudson knotted the score at 1-1 with a solo blast in the bottom of the seventh inning, and Steven Baker ended the game with a drive into the right-center gap with the bases chucked in the bottom of the eighth.
Truckee head coach Mike Ellis commended the effort of both senior pitchers, as well as the clutch hits by Hudson and Baker.
and#8220;Tony was outstanding. He dominated. His command was right on,and#8221; Ellis said, adding that Marchesseault threw an equally and#8216;outstanding’ game. and#8220;It was a pitchers’ duel from the first pitch to the last. I told the guys, and#8216;We’re going to have to play small ball, we’re going to be playing for one run.’and#8221;
With runs at a premium, small ball indeed came into play. In the top of the eighth, the Vikings attempted a suicide squeeze with Rylan Tepper on third and Derek Clelan at the plate. Buranzon fielded the bunt and threw to catcher Jackson Rohlf, who applied a quick tag to nail the sliding Tepper in a close play at home and#8212; drawing an argument from the Vikings.
and#8220;It was a real close play. But we shouldn’t have been in that situation,and#8221; Ellis said, lamenting his team’s five failed bunt attempts in the game, several in crucial situations.
Marchesseault then allowed a double and hit two batters in the bottom of the eighth before Baker drove a 1-2 pitch to the opposite gap with two outs.
In eight complete innings, Buranzon struck out four and walked one while throwing just 97 pitches. He spotted his fastball low in the zone and to the corners, and used an effective split-finger pitch to coax ground balls.
Marchesseault was overpowering at times. He finished with 16 strikeouts while giving up seven hits and two walks and hitting six batters. He threw 141 pitches in seven and two-thirds innings, making just the one mistake to Hudson, who described the home-run pitch as a hanging curve ball.
and#8220;I had to come through and help my pitcher. He threw a great game,and#8221; said Hudson, whose bomb easily cleared the tall fence in left field.
Buranzon appreciated the help.
and#8220;Brooks’ home run was textbook and#8212; he sat back and crushed it,and#8221; Buranzon said. and#8220;As soon as he hit it I got excited, but I sat right back down because I knew I had to go back out there.and#8221;
Erik Holmer and Theis each had a double in the game, while Andy McKechnie had two hits and Aaron Pado one. Joey Wightman had a hit and scored South Tahoe’s only run, in the third inning, and Jake Braun, Dominic Diana and Rylan Tepper contributed a hit apiece.
and#8220;It was a great team win. I couldn’t be happier with it,and#8221; Buranzon said.
Stein Retzlaff pitched the Wolverines to victory in Game 2. He gave up two runs (both unearned) on three hits and three walks in five innings of work. Pado pitched a scoreless inning in relief as Truckee scored its 12th run in the bottom of the sixth to end the game on the 10-run rule.
The Wolverines took a 1-0 lead in the first inning off of South Tahoe starter Christian Coats before knocking him out of the game with a four-run third. Truckee added a run in the fourth and five more in the fifth of reliever Gabe Carranza. Holmer sent everyone home when he hit a ball off the top of the fence with two outs to score Pado from third.
Truckee managed 10 hits, with Baker going 2-for-5 with a double and three RBIs and Pado going 2-for-2. Hudson had a hit and two RBIs, while Trevor Auldridge, McKechnie, Rohlf, Holmer and Ty Englert each had one hit. The Vikings had four hits, one apiece by Clelan, Coats, Dominic Diana and Wightman, who drove in both South Tahoe runs.