Truckee baseball: Wolverines tagged with rough losses at Lowry

Staff report
Truckee senior Bradley VanSchoonhoven pitches against Lowry in the opening game of their league series.
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Northern Division I-A standings

Team League record

Spring Creek 17-3

Elko 15-6

Fernley 14-6

Fallon 13-8

Dayton 11-9

South Tahoe 8-11

Lowry 8-13

Truckee 3-15

Sparks 1-19

The Truckee baseball team has suffered its share of tough losses this season.

The Wolverines dropped two games by a single run and another by three in a league series at Lowry on Thursday and Friday.

In Thursday’s opener, the Buckaroos scored two runs in the bottom of the seventh inning to earn a 6-5 walk-off win. After defeating the Wolverines 8-5 in the first game of Friday’s doubleheader, the hosts withstood a late comeback attempt by Truckee in the nightcap to hang on for a 10-9 win.

It was the fourth time the Wolverines have lost a league game by one run, and the sixth time they lost by three runs or fewer. As a result, Truckee will enter its final week of play with a 3-15 record in the Northern Division I-A. Lowry improved to 8-13.

Thursday’s loss was a heartbreaker. After the Wolverines scored a run in the fifth and two more in the sixth to take a 5-4 lead, the Buckaroos loaded the bases in the bottom of the seventh on a pair of walks and a Truckee error. Lowry then tied the game on a sacrifice fly and won it on a wild pitch.

Truckee senior Bradley VanSchoonhoven started and went six innings, allowing four runs (one earned) on six hits and three walks. Connor Bullion pitched two-thirds of an inning in relief, giving up the final two runs on two walks and the wild pitch. Truckee committed four errors in the contest.

The Wolverines hit the ball well against Lowry pitchers Jared Taylor and Brian Shettler, collecting 12 hits. Alec Vaio went 3-for-3 and drove in two runs, while Mike Jones drove in two runs on one hit, and Bullion went 3-for-4. Jack Englert and Will Beldon both had two hits and Jamie Parisi had one.

Although Truckee held an early 2-0 advantage in the first game Friday, Lowry scored seven runs in the third and another in the fourth to take an 8-2 lead. The Wolverines battled back with a three-run uprising in the sixth to pull to within three, but that’s as close as they got.

Truckee managed nine hits, with VanSchoonhoven going 1-for-3 with two RBIs and Miles Guiragossian going 2-for-2. Bullion and Englert each drove in a run on one hit, while Beldon, Jayden Commendatore, Max Wingard and JJ Bellon each had one hit. Parisi also contributed an RBI.

Bullon and Wingard pitched three innings apiece. Wingard did not allow a run. He gave up only three hits and issued zero walks while striking out two.

The Wolverines again took an early lead in a back-and-forth final game. They were up 3-0 after two innings and trailed 5-3 after three. After Truckee took a brief 6-5 lead in the top of the fourth, Lowry answered with four in the bottom half of the inning to reclaim the lead at 9-6.

Truckee again fought back, tying the game with a three-run fifth, but Lowry scored once more in the bottom of the fifth to take over the lead for good.

The teams combined for 25 hits. Guiragossian led the Wolverines with four RBIs on a 2-for-4 performance, Commendatore was 2-for-3 with two RBIs, and Bullion was 3-for-4. Colin Just and Gary Grosjean each contributed an RBI, and Beldon and Englert each had a hit.

Grosjean started and went five innings, while Wingard pitched one scoreless inning in relief.

Truckee is scheduled to play a three-game league series at home against Dayton this Friday (2 p.m., 4 p.m.) and Saturday (11 a.m.).

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