After their opening-day game was canceled, the Truckee Giants edged the Rangers 6-5 in a tightly contested contest to begin the season Monday.
“Timely hitting and consistent defense were the keys to our win,” said Giants assistant coach Brent Cutler.
Connor McMullen led off the game with a double crushed to right center and later scored on a bases-loaded walk by Mason Cutler.
After reaching base on a catcher’s interference, Deacon Mehler flashed his speed and scored on a passed ball. The Giants scored two more runs in the second and third innings with clutch hits by McMullen (his second double), George Skaff, Mehler, Eric Spillman, Roger Uribe and Soren Kraus.
That was all the offense needed by pitcher Patrick Hogan, who pitched four and 2/3 innings, striking out five, and picked off a runner at first base. He held the Rangers to one run through three innings, and after a Rangers rallied for three runs in the fourth, was able to shut it down.
Mehler pitched in relief and slammed the door on the Rangers’ rally with a strikeout to end the fifth. He then struck out the side in the sixth.
“This truly was a team win,” manager Steve Hogan said. “We had great hustle by our outfielders, Saul Botello, Remy Uribe and Roger Uribe, getting the ball in quick and backing up plays, and some timely key plays and outs by the infield.”