Steve Puterski

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March 25, 2014
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Fallon rides arms

Two out of three equals a series win.

The Fallon baseball team rallied for a Saturday sweep over visiting Truckee and took two of three games to even its Northern Division I-A record to 2-2 and 4-3-1 overall. Truckee, meanwhile, slipped to 1-2 and 1-7.

After suffering a 5-3 loss in 10 innings on Friday, the Greenwave pulled out a pair of victories, 8-3 and 11-4, on Saturday.

Fallon hosts Spring Creek for a three-game series starting at 3 p.m. Friday. The set concludes with a doubleheader at 11 a.m. Saturday.

“We got refocused,” Fallon coach Lester de Braga said. “We had some great pitching performances that got us through it.”

On Saturday, Fallon spotted the Wolverines an early lead, but rallied for its first league win of the year.

Tristen Salazar went the distance in the first game as he allowed one earned run and four hits, struck out three and walked two.

Tyler Bagby notched a pair of hits including a triple and a two RBIs, while Branden Beeghly and Riley Williams also each had two hits.

Truckee, meanwhile, tallied three runs on four hits as Teagan Prado, Riley and Miles Guiragossian and Camron Hollabaugh each had a hit. Bradly VanSchoonhoven pitched six innings and allowed nine runs, six earned, 10 hits and struck out two.

“You got to play every inning and not take an inning off,” de Braga said. “It seems like hitting is contagious.”

In the finale, Fallon pounded out 12 hits, led by two apiece from Marshall Coverston, Bagby and Sage Orozco. In addition, the Wave swiped five bases and were hit by pitches five times.

Truckee starter Ty Vaio was battered as he allowed eight hits, five earned runs in four innings. J.j. Bellon closed the game and surrendered four hits, three walks and five runs.

Hollabaugh led the Wolverines with three hits including a double and one RBI.

Williams picked up the win as he threw five innings, allowed four hits, no runs and struck out four. Alex Mendez closed out the final two frames and allowed three earned runs on two hits.

“Tristen he’s always been our leader and our No. 1 pitcher,” de Braga said. “Riley Williams is young, big and strong. Cody threw a great game, the best in the two years. We had some bobbles behind Cody that hurt. I think pitching is our strong point.”

Friday’s tilt, meanwhile, was a pitching dual. Cody Long of Fallon went seven innings allowing four hits, three runs and struck out four, while Truckee’s Riley Guiragossian went six innings allowing three runs and fanned five.

The Wave’s Kendall Johnson, though, picked up the loss as he allowed two runs in the 10th inning. The Wolverines’ Riley Guiragossian picked up the win tossing four shutout innings with a pair of strikeouts.

“We stranded 15 runners,” de Braga said. “We had bases loaded twice and runners on second and third twice. You can’t do that and expect to win ballgames.”

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The Nevada Appeal Updated Mar 25, 2014 05:51PM Published Mar 25, 2014 05:51PM Copyright 2014 The Nevada Appeal. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.