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Wolverines heating up as zones near

Sierra Sun Staff

Chalk up three in a row for the Wolverines.

The Tahoe-Truckee High School baseball team swept three games last week, defeating Quincy in a non-league match and Battle Mountain in a doubleheader.

In the first game, the April 29 home-opener, Truckee beat Dayton 12-9, with the Wolverines making just a single error.

Pitchers Merek Poco and Justin Long combined, with Long picking up the win in relief. Together, Poco and Long struck out five while walking one Dayton hitter.

Geoff Hovorka smacked a game-tying two-run homer in the fourth inning and Paul DeCarlo managed two two-out doubles, which scored five runners.

Tom Hernandez had three singles.

“With this being the first home game of the year the boys wanted a win and went out and got it,” said head coach Craig Lawrence. “We’re looking forward to playing our next home games at our field at the high school.”

In the first of two at Battle Mountain, Zach Lawrence threw a complete game, earning the 16-9 win.

Lawrence struck out four batters and walked three.

In the third inning, the Truckee bats awoke, eventually pounding 18 hits in the game.

“With four of our boys having at least three hits each, their drive to win is apparent,” Lawrence said.

In the second game, Long pitched for six innings, earning the 13-8 Wolverine win and striking out eight batters. In the seventh inning, Peter Kennelly came in to shut out the Battle Mountain hitters.

At the top of the fifth, Mike Detwiler stepped up for a grand slam and sparked a seven-run outburst.

“This was a great doubleheader. Just what the boys needed to keep them in the race to make the playoffs.”

There may be no coincidence that the Truckee wins have come since the team has been able to practice outside. Lawrence has said all along that if the team could get some real field practice, the number of game errors would be reduced.

He may have been right.

Since being on the field, TTHS has won four of its last five games.

“This is what I’ve told the kids all year,” Lawrence said. “You have to play hot at the end of the year and make playoffs, then anything can happen from there. I keep trying to remind them what the Truckee boys’ basketball team ended up doing.”

Having experienced a forgettable regular season, the boys’ basketball team advanced to win the state championship in February.

After a non-league home game vs. Whittell Tuesday (after press time), the Wolverines take on North Tahoe Saturday at home in a doubleheader at 10 a.m. and noon.

“We’re hoping to play on our high school field for the last three home games.”

The playoffs follow the next week and will include the top four of six league teams. Before the wins, the Wolverines were third.

BOX SCORES:

Quincy 024 003 0 – 9

Truckee 202 530 x – 12

P. DeCarlo 2 dbl., 5 RBI. T. Hernandez

3 sngl., 2 runs. J. Andrs sngl, dbl.,

2 RBI, 2 runs. Z. Lawrence sngl., RBI,

run. G. Hovorka HR, 2 RBI, 2 runs.

First game

Truckee 007 012 6 – 16

Battle Mountain 301 041 0 – 9

Z. Lawrence 2 sngl., 3 RBI, 3 runs. M. Poco

2 sngl., dbl., 3 RBI, one run. M. Detwiler sngl.,

dbl., trpl., 3 RBI, 2 runs. J. Andrs 2 sngls., 2 RBI,

3 runs. G. Hovorka 2 sngls., dbl., 2 runs.

Second game

Truckee 123 070 0 – 13

Battle Mountain 410 300 0 – 8

M. Detwiler sngl., dbl., HR, 5 RBI, 3 runs.

P. DeCarlo sngl., dbl., RBI, 2 runs. J. Long

2 sngl., 3 RBI, 1 run. G. Hovorka 2 sngl.,

3 RBI, run. M. Poco trpl., RBI, 2 runs.

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