Wolverines struggle; Lakers eke one out
The Truckee High baseball team lost 10-0 at Lowry in a game called after five innings because of the 10-run mercy rule.
The Wolverines are now 2-1 in league play.
Truckee had just three hits in the contest; sophomores Justin Vosburgh and Kevin Decker and junior Clayton McDonnell each went 1-for-2.
Senior Paco Ruiz started on the mound, striking out three, walking two, and allowing four earned runs in four innings, Ellis said. Truckee committed seven errors.
“They didn’t come to play,” Ellis said of his players.
The Wolverines stuggled most on defense, Ellis said, particularly in the outfield where a number of catchable fly balls dropped.
In preparation for Saturday’s doubleheader against Incline ” to be played at Truckee, weather permitting ” Ellis said his team will be working on the defensive basics: “Catching the ball and throwing the ball.”
The North Tahoe High softball team won its fifth game of the season Tuesday, defeating Coleville 17-16.
The chilly Tuesday afternoon was plagued by errors from both sides, and the lead changed hands multiple time throughout the game, said Lakers head coach Bill Freeman. But in the end it was the Lakers who pulled ahead.
Senior pitcher Katie Freeman threw the first four innings before being relieved by her senior counterpart Kendra Haskill.
Freeman said both pitchers struggled a bit from the mound.
Haskill eventually shut down Coleville after the Lakers took the lead in the seventh inning.
Not one to sugarcoat his opinion, Truckee High softball coach Mitch Brown described his team’s performance at Lowry on Wednesday as horrible.
“We did not show up,” he said. “I haven’t seen them that lost in a long time. It was pretty disheartening.”
The Wolverines went down quietly, 10-0 and 6-0, in a doubleheader against the defending NIAA 3A state champions. The losses evened the Wolverines’ league record at 2-2.
Truckee had three hits in Game 1, which was called on the 10-run mercy rule after five innings. Juniors Logan White, Katie Reiswig and Annie Duner each went 1-for-2. Lowry scored four runs in the first inning and six runs in the second off freshman pitcher Rachel Zissimos.
Lowry no-hit the Wolverines in Game 2, Ellis said. Zissimos pitched the first five innings before junior Morgan Womack came in for relief to start the sixth inning.
While Brown conceded that “It was a tough day,” the coach gave credit to the state champs.
“We got beat by a good team,” he said. “Lowry is a good squad.”
The North Tahoe softball team plays Whittell on Friday at 3 p.m. at Lampe Park in Minden. The Lakers then travel to Dayton for a league doubleheader Saturday, with games at 11 a.m. and 1 p.m.
The Truckee baseball and softball teams host Incline on Saturday at 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. The baseball game will be played at Truckee High School, and the softball game will be held at Truckee River Regional Park.
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