After suffering a close defeat at the hands of the Wolverines on Wednesday, in which Truckee fought back to win, Sparks beat itself on Friday.
“We made six errors,” Sparks coach Greg Vasko said. “We made some errors and we just didn’t back our pitcher. Keiffer threw pretty well today. We just didn’t help him out.”
Truckee produced eight hits in the game on top of the abundance of Railroader mistakes, which led to three consecutive innings of scoring for the California school. The Wolverines put three runs on the board in the third inning, followed by a pair in the fourth and three more in the fifth. The three-inning outburst was enough for the Wolverines to cruise to the victory, sealing the Mount Rose regular season crown.
Truckee pitching struck out 12 Sparks batters while giving up just three hits.
“The bats weren’t there today,” Vasko said. “Their pitcher threw a really good game and we just didn’t hit.”
Sparks (14-7, 8-3 MRL) will get a chance to redeem itself against Truckee today at 9 a.m. before prepping for the playoffs as the Mount Rose League’s second seed.
“All in all, we have a game tomorrow to play and we’re excited about that,” Vasko said. “We have to do a better job of playing defense and supporting our pitcher, and we also need to hit the ball. We’re still in the playoffs and our season’s not over, so we’re still excited.”