Truckee baseball: Wolverines win both ends of doubleheader at Dayton
The Wolverines avenged a 14-3 loss against Dayton last Wednesday with a doubleheader sweep at the Dust Devils on Saturday.
Truckee (7-2 league, 9-2 overall) won the first game of the doubleheader 7-5 in extra innings before cruising to a 12-5 win in Game 2 to take the three-game Northern 3A series, 2-1.
Senior Brian Matthew pitched and#8220;a gem of a gameand#8221; in the opener Saturday only to get the no-decision, said Truckee head coach Mike Ellis. Matthew allowed just one run on three hits while striking out six through seven innings.
Locked at 1-1 in extra innings, Truckee pushed across three runs in the top of the eighth before the Dust Devils again tied the score with three runs of their own in the bottom half. The Wolverines responded with three more runs in the ninth to take a 7-4 lead, and senior reliever Ryan Zusy held Dayton to one run in the bottom of the ninth to earn the save.
Zusy and James DePew went 2 for 4 at the plate, and Matt Theis and Tanner Churich each had a hit for the Wolverines.
DePew started Game 2 and earned the win, allowing six hits and three earned runs while striking out five in five innings. Zusy gave up three hits and one earned run in two innings of relief.
Truckee had 16 hits in the game, led by home runs off the bats of Matthew, DePew and Maclane Brady, who now has three home runs on the season. DePew was 3 for 3 with the home run, a double and two RBI, Brady was 3 for 5 with his homer and four RBI, and Matthew was 2 for 4 with a big fly, a double and RBI.
Tanner Churich finished 3 for 3 with an RBI, Zusy was 2 for 3 with an RBI, Jordan Deiro 1 for 3 with an RBI, Morgan Nevin 1 for 3 with an RBI, and Matt Theis 1 for 4 with an RBI.
Last Wednesday, Deiro led off the game with his third home run of the year, while Brady started for Truckee and picked up the loss.