Truckee youth baseball team wins Babe Ruth fall championship
TRUCKEE, Calif. — A group of young men from Truckee entered the South Reno Babe Ruth Fall ball league as the Pirates to play the game they love, compete against some kids in Reno, create new relationship, master their skills, strive to win, and get dirty!
In the four-team playoff, the No. 2-seeded Truckee Pirates, needing a win to advance to the championship game, took on the No. 3-seeded Dodgers from South Reno in a seven inning battle on Tuesday, Sept. 26.
For the Pirates, starting the game on the bump was Joey Panelli for three innings, followed by Armand Baldwin for three innings. They both held the Dodgers off-balance and gave Logan Pruski the last inning to close it out.
Gabe Smith and Evan Loring scored two runs each. Mateo Morales had a RBI smash over the right fielders head in the sixth to highlight the game. The Pirates won 12-7 to advance and play for the championship.
The championship game took place at Jack Tighe Memorial Field in South Reno on Sunday, Oct. 2. The Pirates from Truckee took on the No. 1-seeded Red Sox from South Reno.
The Pirates scored two in the top of the first inning and then the Red Sox put up two in the bottom of the frame to take the lead. Starting on the bump was Tyler Lamperti for three solid innings, followed by Jamie Hogarth for three dominating innings and Logan Pruski mopping up the seventh, facing only three batters.
Evan Loring controlled the game from behind the plate calling the pitches. This game was a battle through the whole game. Defense wins championships and the Pirates outfielders Rocky Hogarth, Teige Wright and Armand Baldwin made some great plays to hold off base runners.
Gabe Smith was smooth as silk and a vacuum at seconnd base with multiple plays. Kai Watters had a great playoffs and championship as the Pirates leadoff hitter going 6-for-8 at the plate in both games.
Logan Pruski went 2-for-4, scoring three runs and a clutch leadoff double he ripped over the left fielders head to the fence in the fifth that became the game-winning run. Jamie Hogarth, aka “Meat,” was 1-for-2 at the plate with two walks and scored the other two runs for the Pirates.
The Pirates put up two insurance runs in the seventh to solidify the victory and the championship with a score of 5-2, beating the top-seeded team.
The 2016 South Reno Babe Ruth Fall Champions were coached by Robert Smith, Greg Loring, Bill Waters, Tom Hogarth and Craig Pruski.