Truckee will honor two former members of the baseball team with an appreciation ceremony on Saturday at the baseball field.
Former coach Mike Ellis, who died April 5, 2014, and former player Andrew Metlenko, who was killed in a car accident in spring of 2013, will both have plaques dedicated to their memories at the ceremony.
Truckee principal John Carlson said the ceremony will be held between games of a doubleheader against Lowry starting at 11 a.m. Saturday.
Metlenko’s grandmother, Nina Ski, was instrumental in getting a new field and fencing for the baseball team. She created the Forever 18 Field of Dreams fund-raising group. She contacted Larry Harper from the Good Tidings foundation in the Bay Area, which went to Truckee to work on the field.
She started working on the project and raising money in the fall of 2013, before Ellis died.
Ellis was the baseball coach at Truckee for 14 seasons. He guided the Wolverines to the state title in 2012.
Metlenko was killed four days before he was to have graduated from Truckee in 2013.
“The plaques are to commemorate Coach Ellis’ service to Truckee High School and the baseball community and to honor Andrew and the efforts his family made to see this project through,” Carlson said.
The baseball field at Truckee has new fencing and new sod in the infield. Ski said the infield dirt is the same kind used at the San Francisco Giants stadium.
“It’s something special,” Carlson said. “It’s awesome.”
Ellis’ father, Jack Ellis, is looking forward to the ceremony.
“We’re quite happy they’re doing this to honor my son,” Jack Ellis said. “Michael was instrumental in hooking up with people in the community.”
Ski said the two deaths were devastating.
“It was a double blow to the entire community,” she said. “I think Andrew would be very honored and very proud of the way we’ve dealt with such a horrible loss. to make something so horrific into a positive.”
She said people in and around Truckee contributed anywhere from $10-100 at the various sites she set up around the town.
Ski said the fund-raising will continue as she hopes to continue improving both the baseball and softball fields at Truckee, including work on the dugouts, bullpens and restrooms.