Wolverines pull off upset win against Dust Devils | SierraSun.com

Wolverines pull off upset win against Dust Devils

The Tahoe-Truckee Wolverines varsity boys’ baseball team traveled to Dayton, Nev., last week and captured a 5-3 win against the Dust Devils, one of the teams expected to challenge the defending state champion Bishop Manogue Miners in this year’s playoffs.

Gabe Valle, pitching for the Wolverines, went the distance, giving up just three runs on four hits. During the game he faced 30 batters, striking out nine and walking only one.

Truckee scored five runs on five hits.

Fernando Gonzalez, who walked on each of his three at-bats, reached in the bottom of the fifth inning. Eric Detwiler and Matt Valle followed with consecutive bunts, loading the bases for TJ Dwyer. Dwyer reached on an error, as did Kyle Hunt, putting the Wolverines ahead of the Dust Devils, 3-2. Dayton answered with a run in the top of the inning to tie the score.

Paul Smith hammered his third home run of the season to lead off Truckee in the sixth inning. Carson Specht, in the next at-bat, followed with the first homerun of his career, forcing the Devils’ starting pitcher out of the game, sealing victory for the Wolverines.

The Wolverines’ next game is at Fernley against the Vacqueros on Saturday, April 29. The games are scheduled to start at 10 a.m. and noon.

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