Truckee baseball: Wolverines take two from Spring Creek, complete series sweep
TRUCKEE and#8212; In past years, a visit from Spring Creek usually resulted in a slide in the standings for the Truckee baseball team. Not so this past weekend.
After shutting out the Spartans 11-0 on Friday, the Wolverines eked out a pair of wins against Spring Creek on Saturday, 4-3 and 7-6, to complete the three-game series sweep.
and#8220;It was surreal,and#8221; said Truckee head coach Mike Ellis. and#8220;The last time we swept Spring Creek was J.R. Murphy’s senior year (2004), and that was back when we only played two-game series.and#8221;
In sweeping past the defending Northern 3A champs, first-place Truckee improved to 10-2 in league play (15-6 overall), while Spring Creek fell to 3-5 in league. Lowry is second in league at 6-3, followed by Dayton at 5-4 and Fernley at 4-5.
As Ellis and the Wolverines expected after Friday’s rout, the Spartans came to play on Saturday, as Truckee needed extra innings in Game 1 and a sixth-inning comeback in Game 2 to earn the wins.
Junior outfielder Tanner Churich delivered the big hit in the eighth inning of Game 1. After Maclane Brady led off the inning with a double and Ryan Zusy advanced him to third on a bunt single, Churich showed bunt, pulled it back, then smacked a double off the fence in left-center to knock in the winning run.
and#8220;It was a fastball, belt high and down the middle,and#8221; Churich said of the pitch he hit. and#8220;and#8230; It felt good. I didn’t think it was going to go out, but as soon as I hit it I knew the game was over. I was pumped.and#8221;
Churich went 3 for 4 with two doubles and the RBI. Brady was 2 for 3 with two doubles and two RBI, Jordan Deiro was 2 for 3 with a double and RBI, and Zusy was 2 for 2.
Senior starting pitcher Brian Matthew and catcher James DePew each had a hit, while Matthew threw 6 1/3 innings and got the no-decision. Matthew allowed three runs on nine hits and three walks and recorded eight strikeouts.
and#8220;I was just trying to hit my spots,and#8221; Matthew said. and#8220;I was getting the outside strike, so I was trying to hit it there every time. I felt pretty good until the last inning. I just got tired.and#8221;
Junior Ben Bolton picked up the win in 1 2/3 innings of scoreless relief.
DePew started Game 2, giving up four hits and a run in four innings while striking out five before Bolton took over. The Spartans took advantage of sloppy Truckee defense to score three unearned runs (five total) off Bolton in the fifth and sixth for a 6-5 lead. But the Wolverines stormed back in the bottom of the sixth, as Matthew opened the inning with a single, DePew followed with an RBI triple to tie the score, and Brady came through with the go-ahead single.
Zusy earned the win pitching the final 1 2/3 innings without allowing a run.
Truckee had 12 hits in the game, led by DePew’s 3-for-3 with a triple, double and RBI, and Churich’s 1-for-3 with a home run and two RBI. Brady was 2 for 3 with two RBI, Matt Theis 2 for 3 with an RBI and Deiro 2 for 4. Matthew and Brett Russon added a hit apiece.
and#8220;We played pretty solid and#8212; pitching, defense and hitting,and#8221; Ellis said. and#8220;We had clutch hitting, our pitching was awesome and our defense was pretty good and#8212; not great, but pretty good.and#8221;