Truckee-North Tahoe baseball | Wolverines take two
RENO, Nev. and#8212; The Truckee baseball team won both ends of a league doubleheader against North Tahoe, 10-0 and 15-7, at Governor’s Bowl in Reno on Tuesday.
Truckee senior starting pitcher James DePew threw a no-hitter in Game 1, which ended in the bottom of the sixth on the 10-run mercy rule.
Facing sophomore hurler Colin Spencer, the and#8220;hostand#8221; Wolverines jumped out to an early 3-0 lead in the first inning on an RBI single by DePew and a two-run single off the bat of Ryan Smith. They added two more in the second after Andy McKechnie set the table with a leadoff double, Tanner Churich smashed an RBI triple to the fence in left-center, and Steven Baker scored Churich on a ground out.
While the North Tahoe defense committed five errors in the game, it also flashed moments of solid glove work, particularly at third base.
Freshman third baseman Wildon DesLauriers made several nice plays in the game, including a diving catch of a Churich line drive in the fourth inning that he turned into a double play. The next inning, with the bases loaded and two more Truckee runs already in, DesLauriers smothered a hard-hit ground ball by Trevor Aldridge from his knees and touched his base with his glove to force the third out.
and#8220;Wildon played an excellent third base today,and#8221; said first-year North Tahoe head coach Matt Carlson.
Trailing 7-0 after Spencer allowed five earned runs, North Tahoe junior Mychal Paschall came on to pitch the sixth. Churich and Baker drew back-to-back walks to start the inning before Erik Holmer delivered an RBI double, Troy Allen was hit by a pitch, and two wild pitches scored the ninth and 10th runs.
Truckee played a nearly flawless game in the field behind DePew, highlighted by a 5-4-3 double play in the fourth started by Allen at third and turned smoothly by Aaron Pado at second.
DePew, who also led Truckee with two hits in the game, recorded seven strikeouts on an efficient 73 pitches and#8212; 49 strikes and 24 balls. He allowed two walks.
In Game 2, Truckee took a three-run lead in the first and tacked on a run in the third and two more in the fourth for a 6-0 advantage.
Churich started on the mound for the Wolverines and was quickly relieved by Tony Buranzon after he hit Connor Altick with a pitch and walked DesLauriers to start the game. Buranzon, who retired the side with no damage, threw five innings total and allowed three runs (none earned) as Truckee’s defense showed signs of early-season rust.
The Wolverines committed seven errors in the game to aid a North Tahoe comeback in the later innings, as the Lakers got on the board with three runs in the fifth and four in the sixth to take a 7-6 lead. Truckee’s Max Collinson came on for a brief stint in sixth, throwing only 10 pitches, and Holmer recorded the final six outs to earn the win. Holmer had four strikeouts while allowing two walks and three runs (one earned).
Trailing for the first time in the game, Truckee’s offense responded to the North Tahoe comeback with a nine-run sixth to put the game out of reach.
The Lakers had four hits in the game, led by Spencer’s 2-for-4 performance with a double. Senior Brian Tidd and Brendon Nelson had a hit apiece, and Nelson delivered two RBI. Baird Bishop also added an RBI for North Tahoe.
Truckee amassed 15 hits in the game. Aldridge led the way, going 3 for 4 with a double, triple and two RBI, while Allen was 2 for 4 with two triples and two RBI. DePew had a triple and RBI, Baker and Jackson Rohlf each had a single and RBI, and Pado added a hit and two RBI. Buranzon was 1 for 2 with a double.
Nelson, a junior, started on the mound for the Lakers, giving up 10 runs (six earned) in five innings. He fanned nine hitters while allowing seven hits and four walks. DesLauriers threw two-thirds of an inning and Altick one-third of an inning in relief.
Truckee is now 2-0 in the Mount Rose League (2-0 overall) as North Tahoe fell to 0-2 in league and 1-3-1 overall.
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