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Truckee off to hot start on diamond

Staff reports

The Truckee High baseball team is off to a 2-0 start in Northern 3A league play after sweeping a doubleheader at Yerington, 8-4 and 16-11, on Saturday.

Like Truckee Head Coach Mike Ellis promised before the season, the Wolverines used a “small ball” approach to put runs on the board, bunting to reach base and advance runners, aggressively stealing bases whenever the opportunity presented itself and even successfully pulling off two double squeeze plays.

Truckee’s aggressiveness paid off against the Lions, as the Wolverines were 22-of-23 on stolen base attempts ” 11-for-11 in Game 1 and 11 for 12 in Game 2, Ellis said.

Senior Paco Ruiz pitched a complete game for Truckee in the first contest, striking out 12 batters and issuing three base on balls. Junior Keven Sahlberg picked up the win in Game 2, going six innings and striking out 13 while walking 10. Freshman Maclane Brady pitched one inning of relief.

“If I can have Keven and Paco on and throwing strikes, that will keep us in any game,” Ellis said of his starting pitchers.

Offensively in the first game, Trevor Allen went 3-for-3 with a double and two RBIs. Kevin Decker was 1-for-3 with a triple and RBI, Tucker Nevin 2-for-3 with two RBIs, Justin Vosburgh 2-for-2, Michael Taylor 1-for-3 with an RBI, Pablo Esquivel 1-for-1 with an RBI and Andrew Mazzini 1-for-4.

In Game 2, Vosburgh went 3-for-4 with a double and two RBIs, Mazzini 2-for-4 with a triple and RBI, Taylor 2-for-3 with a double and three RBIs, Allen 1-for-4 with an RBI, Decker 1-for-4 with three RBIs, Sahlberg 1-for-3 with an RBI and Esquivel 1-for-3 with a double and RBI.

Truckee’s junior varsity baseball team split a doubleheader at Yerington on Saturday, dropping the first game 11-1 and winning the second 10-3.

With Scott Mathot on the mound in Game 1, Truckee allowed six unearned runs on 11 errors in the first three innings. The Wolverines didn’t help Mathot much offensively, either, collecting just four hits in the game, said Head Coach Matt Carlson. Aaron Jones went 1-for-1, Jared Mcdonnell was 1-for-1 with a double and Michael Fagan 1-for-2 with a solo home run. Fagan also had a stolen base.

In Game 2, Ryan Zusy pitched six innings, allowing three runs while striking out seven, walking five and forcing seven fly outs. At the plate, Zusy went 2-for-3 with a double and a grand slam.

“We have been working on his swing and pitching, and it is paying off,” Carlson said of Zusy. “He is becoming a great asset to this team.”

Fagan went 3-for-3 with home run ” his second on the day ” and RBI. Mathot was 2-for-2 with a stolen base, Trevor Patrick 1-for-2, CJ Ackerman 1-for-3 with a double and two stolen bases and Jordan Diero 1-for-4 with a home run, two RBIs and a stolen base.

Truckee plays at Loyalton on Wednesday and a doubleheader at Quincy on Saturday.


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