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Truckee baseball | Wolverines win nonleague games against Quincy, Portola

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Submitted to swright@sierrasun.comTruckee third baseman Troy Allen makes a play during the Wolverines' 7-5 win against Portola on Wednesday.
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The Truckee baseball team won a pair of non-league games against Plumas County schools Quincy and Portola by scores of 15-0 and 7-5 on Tuesday and Wednesday.

In Tuesday’s win against Quincy at Governor’s Bowl in Reno, the Wolverines jumped out quickly in the first.

Brooks Hudson and Andy McKechnie opened the game by drawing walks. James DePew, Erik Holmer and Troy Allen followed up with RBI singles. Ryan Smith then drew another walk to load the bases with no outs.

The Trojans changed pitchers and quickly turned a double play and looked to end the inning. But Truckee kept the hammer down as Aaron Pado hit a single, followed by a second walk by Hudson. McKechnie and DePew then ripped consecutive doubles and Holmer hit a single as the Wolverines finished with 10 runs in the inning.

Truckee would not look back, as they plated another five runs before ending the game after 4 1/2 innings due to the 10-run mercy rule.

Steven Baker threw three no-hit innings, finishing with seven strikeouts and two walks. Stein Retzlaff tossed the final two innings, yielding one hit while striking out four.

The Wolverines returned to Governor’s Bowl on Wednesday to face Portola in what looked like it would be a repeat of Tuesday’s game, as Truckee leadoff hitter Tanner Churich led off Truckee’s half of the first with a solo blast over the left field fence to put the Wolverines up 1-0.

But the Tigers would not go down so easily, as they held the first-inning damage to the single run and shut out the Wolverines in the second.

The third inning saw McKechnie lead off with a single before DePew deposited another home run beyond the left field wall to put Truckee up by three.

The Tigers roared back in the top of the fourth to take the lead with four runs on three hits, three Wolverine errors and a hit batter.

In the bottom half, Baker led off by stroking a double. He advanced to third on Trevor Auldrige’s ground out. Truckee head coach Mike Ellis, looking to at least tie things up, sent Baker on a straight steal of home. Baker slid in safely, beating the high and outside pitch to the plate.

Truckee took the lead in the fifth, as Smith drew a walk and made his way around to home, as did Churich and Pado in the sixth for added insurance in the 7-5 victory.

Wolverine starter Tony Buranzon went three innings, striking out three, while yielding four hits and a walk. Pado came on in relief in the fourth, finishing the game with four innings, three strikeouts, four hits and no walks.

Truckee improved to 5-4 overall and remains 3-0 in the Mount Rose League.

UP NEXT: The Wolverines travel to Fernley and Fallon on Friday and Saturday to compete in a and#8220;crossoverand#8221; tournament, playing fellow 3A, but nonleague, foes Fernley, Fallon and Dayton. Truckee will then play South Tahoe at Aces Ballpark in Reno on Wednesday, April 6 at 4 p.m.

and#8212; This article was submitted to Sports Editor Sylas Wright at swright@sierrasun.com.


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