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Bruso fires 3-hitter for Capitols

Steve Yingling

Greg Bruso didn’t take long to endear himself to Carson City baseball fans.

In only his second start for the Carson Capitols, the South Tahoe High junior flirted with a no-hitter before settling for a three-hit complete game win over the Tehama Bulls on Sunday.

Only the third South Shore player to make the Capitols in the 1990s, Bruso used a fastball and curveball to silence the Redding/Red Bluff-based Bulls in Carson’s 3-1 victory.

“When I pitched the week before I was a little nervous, but this outing I felt a lot better,” said Bruso, who struck out six and just walked one. “I was ahead 0-2 on most of the counts. Even when I gave up my only walk I had him 0-2, but he kept fighting and I finally just walked him.”

Capitols manager Ron McNutt was pleased with Bruso’s second outing – his first lasted three innings.

“He threw a big game. He had real good command of his pitches. He kept them off balance, and that’s what you have to do,” McNutt said.

Bruso took a no-hitter into the fifth inning, but a nonsuperstitious teammate indirectly may have been responsible for breaking up the hitless performance.

“Somebody said, ‘Do you know you’re throwing a no-hitter?’ That probably didn’t help, and I was thinking about it, that’s what probably messed it up,” Bruso said.

Because the Capitols play six to eight games per week, the team rarely practices. Consequently, Bruso has been working under the tutelage of former minor league hurler Reve Ramos. Ramos is helping Bruso with his curveball among other things.

“I’m just trying to throw strikes, work on my off-speed pitches and different locations,” Bruso said.

Added McNutt, “If he’s going to pitch at the next level, he’ll need more than one pitch. You have to have a changeup and these kids are working on that.”

Bruso, a second-team all-Northern Nevada League selection as a junior, is only the third pitcher from the area to make the Capitols – Pete Lusich and Forest Westover, both pitchers, are the others.

“I had only seen him play a couple times at South Tahoe, but (Viking baseball coach) Ralph Clelan used to play for me and told me about him. I know he had some success as a sophomore and junior and he comes from a pretty good athletic family. Also, we know he’s a good kid, and that’s why we invited him to come down and play for us,” McNutt said.

The Capitols, 7-2, play host to Anderson today in a 5 p.m. doubleheader. and Wednesday in a noon game. On Friday, the Capitols play Danville, Calif., at 3 p.m. at Moana Stadium in Reno. Danville will also play a doubleheader in Carson City on Saturday and a single game at noon Sunday.

Bruso believes his next start will come Saturday, but McNutt isn’t tipping his hand.

“We haven’t played enough games to set a rotation. We’ll know in a couple of weeks what we’re gonna do,” he said.


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