Truckee retains second place
Going into the weekend in a tight Northern 3A division, the balance of the division hinged on the outcome of two Saturday doubleheaders: North Tahoe at Bishop Manogue and Lowry at Truckee.
Heading into the Manogue matchup, North Tahoe was tied with Truckee for second place with a 9-3 record, while Manogue held an 11-1 record. On paper, it may have looked like a good opportunity for North Tahoe to sweep a doubleheader at Manogue, but reality reminded North Tahoe that Manogue carried a 98-game home winning streak into the twin bill.
There would be no crashing the Manogue party on Saturday. North Tahoe dropped both games by scores of 14-11 and 15-3 as Manogue’s home winning streak reached 100 games. Its’ a streak that started in 1997. What that meant for Truckee is that a split versus Lowry would at least afford it a one-game advantage over North Tahoe going into next weekend’s showdown versus its cross-town rivals.
The Wolverines did just that on Saturday, splitting a doubleheader against a Lowry (7-7 Northern 3A) team playing at full strength now after a handful of players had been ineligible in the beginning of the season.
Truckee squandered a strong complete game pitching performance in game one by J.R. Murphy, losing 4-1. But it was saved by an eighth inning lead-off double by Daniel Galvin that gave Truckee a 6-5 victory on a rather sluggish day of Truckee offense.
The Wolverines had as many errors as hits Ð three Ð in game one, as Lowry pitcher Gavin Owsley held them to one sixth inning run, struck out five and went 3 for 4 with a triple. Lowry’s Nick Autrey had an RBI single in top of the sixth and also scored his team’s second run with heads-up base running, scoring from third and beating a throw home from Truckee first baseman Shane Wright.
In a losing effort Ð his third of the season Ð Murphy struck out 10 Lowry hitters and only walked one. Murphy scored Truckee’s only run, scoring from third on a fielder’s choice to shortstop off the bat of Paul Tierney. Wright was 2 for 3 at the plate.
Game two started out on a scary note for Truckee and pitcher Jimmy Williams. RBI singles by Lowry’s Jake Matheny and Robert Harmon and an RBI groundout by JoJo Tameron, mixed with a couple Truckee errors, made it 4-0 Lowry after the top of the first.
But Williams would settle down and so would the Truckee defense Ð allowing a single run over the next seven innings. Williams struck out five and walked three in the complete game victory.
Truckee’s first three runs came on a double play, a balk by Matheny, and an RBI single by Galvin; before Buck Claesson tied the game with an opposite field RBI single to right field in the bottom of the third to make it 4-4. Murphy scored the tying run after blasting a triple that hit the center field fence.
But Lowry answered right back, scoring a run on Shane Goodale’s RBI single into center field. Williams would get Matheny to fly out with the bases loaded and two outs to end the inning and escape further damage. Williams then held Lowry scoreless over his final four innings of work.
Truckee’s Kyle Adams put pressure on Lowry’s defense in the bottom of the fourth when he stole third, and an errant throw from catcher skipped into left field, allowing Adams to score and tie the game at five.
The game remained that way until the bottom of the eighth. Singles by Truckee’s Jeff Hansen and Williams set the stage for Galvin’s heroics. With runners on first and second and two outs, Galvin, Truckee’s No. 2 hitter, laced a line drive that tagged the left field fence on one bounce, allowing Hansen plenty of time to score and salvage a Truckee split.
Truckee is 19-10 and 10-4 in the Northern 3A. It takes on Damonte Ranch of Reno on Wednesday, May 4, at 3:30 p.m. before its Saturday doubleheader showdown at league and cross-town rival North Tahoe starting at noon.
Northern 3A standings
Manogue 13 1
Truckee 10 4
North Tahoe 9 5
Dayton 9 5
Fernley 9 5
Lowry 7 7
Spring Creek 3 11
Yerington 2 12
Rite of Passage 2 14
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