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Truckee baseball | Wolverines win playoff opener at Dayton

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Pat McKechnieSenior Tanner Churich takes a lead off second base in Friday's 6-4 Truckee win.
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DAYTON, Nev. — The Truckee baseball team took the first game of the best-of-three regional playoff series from Dayton, 6-4, on Friday.

Starting pitcher Erik Holmer gave up two runs in the first on a walk, a double and two singles, but then settled in to shut down the Dust Devils through the sixth inning.

The Wolverines got on the board in the third when Stein Retzlaff singled and came around to score. Truckee tied it up in the fifth when Trevor Auldridge reached second on a Dayton error, then scored on another Dust Devil error.

The Wolverines took the lead in the sixth when, with Ryan Smith on first, Retzlaff blasted a two-run shot off of Conner Oliver over the right-center field wall to put Truckee up 4-2.

Truckee added two runs of insurance in the seventh when Aaron Pado was hit by a pitch, Tanner Churich singled, James DePew drove in Pado with a single, and Steven Baker squeezed in Churich.

Down 6-2 entering the bottom of the seventh, Dayton would not go quietly, as Logan Garling singled to lead off the inning, and T.J. Harnar homered the left to bring the Dust Devils to within two runs.

Truckee made a pitching change to Tony Buranzon, who promptly shut down Dayton to preserve the 6-4 win.

The Wolverines travel again to Datyon on Saturday. Truckee only needs to win one of the two possible games to advance to the state tournament, while Dayton needs consecutive wins to advance. Game 1 starts at 10 a.m. Game 2, if needed, is scheduled for 1 p.m.