Wolverines look for third title | SierraSun.com

Wolverines look for third title

The baseball team at Tahoe-Truckee High School knows it can not stand still and win a state championship.

“We’ve got to step it up,” said senior David DeCoite in reference to the team entering the state tournament this week. “Our bats have got to come alive and we need to have no errors.”

“If we have good defense, we have a good chance to win,” said Gabe Valle. “And as long as our bats keep hitting, we’ll be fine.”

Coming off a 10-3 win against Fernley, a 10-7 win against Battle Mountain and a 15-1 win against Battle Mountain again in the championship bracket last weekend, the team and its bats are hotter than ever.

But it knows it will have to get past No. 3 seed Virgin Valley -a historic thorn in Truckee’s side in several sports -in order to advance into the second round Friday.

Should TTHS make it to -and win in -Saturday’s championship game at Yerington High School, it will be the third state title for TTHS, but the first at the AAA level.

Truckee won in 1992 and 1994 as a AA school.

Last year, the team made it to the first round of state, losing 8-2 to Dayton, then lost in the losers’ bracket 4-1 to Battle Mountain.

Virgin Valley is the defending state champion.

In the division tournament, Gabe Valle had nine RBI, Peter Kennelly had three, Paul DeCarlo had two, DeCoite had five, Jeff Andrs had four and Kyle Barth had four.

Home runs in the tournament came from DeCoite, who has amassed 11 this year, and Valle.

The powerful 1999 Truckee bats will be profiled in next week’s issue of the Sierra Sun.

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