The varsity baseball team split two games at Spring Creek on Saturday, dropping the first game by a score of 9-8 and winning the second 10-0.
“We literally got beat by the umpires,” Truckee coach Mike Ellis said about the first game. “We beat ourselves, too, but there were a bunch of obvious calls they didn’t give us.”
On one particular play at the plate, Truckee catcher Buck Claesson appeared to apply a tag on the foot of a leaping Spring Creek runner, Ellis said. The umpire called the runner out, the runner began complaining and the umpire in the field overturned the call.
Wolverines fans did not approve, and a fight almost broke out in the crowd. Tensions ran so high, two sheriffs posted up in the parking lot to maintain the peace.
Ben Tonon pitched the first five and one-third innings before Jimmy Williams came in for the last one and two-thirds. Each allowed just three hits while striking out five.
The Wolverines managed 12 hits in the game. Claesson went 1-for-5, John Hooper 2-for-2 with two doubles, Jeff Hansen 2-for-4, Williams 1-for-2, Tonon 1-for-4, Matt Aboumrad 2-for-3 with a double, Paul Tierney 1-for-3, and Andrew Mazzini 2-for-3. Each had had one RBI except Hooper and Mazzini.
The second game was called after five innings due to the 10-run mercy rule.
Kevin Embertson pitched all five innings, allowing only four hits while striking out six.
The highlight of that game was Aboumrad’s grand slam in the first inning. “That totally got us going,” Ellis said.
Aboumrad went 2-for-4 at the plate and had six RBI. Tonon was 2-for-2 with a double and a triple, Claesson 1-for-4, Hansen 2-for-3, Williams 1-for-3, Joe Lipnoski 1-for-2, Mike Lopez 1-for-1, Tierney 1-for-2, and Hooper 2-for-3.
Currently 9-5 in league play, the Wolverines will likely finish the season in second place, Ellis said, but may still host the playoffs. The regular season ends with a doubleheader in Truckee on May 7.
The varsity softball team lost both games of a doubleheader against undefeated Spring Creek on Saturday, 5-2 and 17-7.
The Wolverines scored a run in the top of the first inning when Julie Rohrback tripled to the gap and was knocked in on a fielder’s choice by Dani Turner. Spring Creek answered with a run in the bottom of the second on a Truckee error and a sacrifice fly. Truckee picked up its second, and final, run in the top of the third when Rohrback singled, stole second and was singled in by Kaley White.
Truckee led 2-1 until the bottom of the sixth. That inning Spring Creek scored four runs on a double, two singles, and three Truckee errors.
White pitched the first game. She allowed five hits and five runs ” none earned ” and struck out two.
At the plate, Rohrback went 3-for-3, Alycia Smith 2-for-3 and White 1-for-3.
The Wolverines started strong in the second game, scoring seven runs in the top of the first. White, pitching her second game of the day, retired Spring Creek on three pitches in the bottom of the first.
After recording the first out in the second, things got ugly for the Wolverines. White allowed a walk, then a single, a double, another walk and another single ” bringing in three runs. After a fielder’s choice loaded the bases, Spring Creek’s second baseman hit a grand slam to tie the game.
Truckee was held to one hit and no runs the remainder of the game while Spring Creek continued to add runs until reaching 17 in the fifth, invoking the 10-run mercy rule.
At the plate, Rohrback went 2-for-3, White 1-for-3, Smith 1-for-3, Turner 1-for-3, Courtney Prouty 1-for-3 and Jamie Raber 1-for-2.
The Wolverines are in 9-5 in league play, with the final doubleheader May 7 in Truckee against North Tahoe.
The junior varsity softball team won both games of a doubleheader against its toughest opponent, Spring Creek, on April 23.
The first game was scoreless for two innings. In the third inning Truckee gave up five unearned runs. Amanda Jones sacrificed in the fourth to begin Truckee’s battle back. Truckee tied the game at five in the bottom of the seventh, sending the Lady Wolverines into the first extra innings game of the season.
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The two-time defending state champion Truckee baseball team opened league play in style this weekend, taking a three-game sweep of Sparks.