Truckee High baseball splits with Dayton
The Truckee High baseball team split a league doubleheader with Dayton at Truckee River Regional Park on Saturday, winning the first game 5-4 and dropping the second 18-3.
The Wolverines are now 7-2 in Northern 3A league play; the Dust Devils are 5-1.
Truckee starter Paco Ruiz threw all seven innings to pick up the win in Game 1. The senior allowed four runs ” three earned ” on six hits and two walks while striking out six.
“He was awesome,” said Truckee head coach Mike Ellis. “He was definitely the MVP of the game.”
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Ruiz helped his cause with a 2-for-3 day at the plate, including a double, and scored the winning run on a rundown between third and home.
Truckee got off to a good start when junior Trevor Allen led off the first inning with a triple, then scored on a sacrifice bunt by Kevin Decker. After being held scoreless the next three innings, the Wolverines put two runs on the board in the fifth and two more in the sixth to regain the lead at 5-4 ” the Dust Devils had taken a 4-3 lead on a solo home run in the top half of the sixth. Ruiz left two Dayton runners stranded in the top of the seventh to close out the win.
Offensively, John Depew went 3-for-3 with an RBI, Decker was 1-for-2 with two RBIs, Allen 1-for-3 with a triple, Andrew Mazzini 1-for-3 and Pablo Esquivel 1-for-3. Each team had two errors.
Sophomore Justin Vosburgh started on the mound in Game 2, allowing six hits and 10 runs ” nine earned ” in three innings while striking out two. Ellis said Vosburgh looked sharp and had good velocity on his pitches, but that his defense made errors and mental mistakes behind him and that some hard luck made for a rough outing. Truckee committed five errors, Ellis said.
Junior Keven Sahlberg, who separated his left (non-throwing) shoulder the previous week sliding head-first into home, came in for relief to start the fourth inning. Unable to “throw his best” because of the shoulder injury, Ellis said, Sahlberg struck out the first two batters he faced before losing his control and allowing Dayton to further extend its lead.
At the plate in Game 2, Mazzini went 2-for-2 with a double and triple, Vosburgh 1-for-3 with a double off the top of the fence, Ruiz 1-for-1 and Depew 1-for-1. Depew was 4-for-4 on the day.
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