Douglas sweeps doubleheader from Vikings
April 10, 2005
Chad Walling went 2 for 2 with two RBIs and a triple to help out his own cause as the Douglas High baseball team defeated South Tahoe 21-6 in the second game of a doubleheader on Saturday afternoon at Douglas High in Minden.
Walling struck out four and walked only one to pick up the win on the mound, which was helped by eight Viking errors and a slew of walks from South Tahoe’s pitching staff.
“We’re hitting too many batters and walking too many batters,” said first-year coach Matt Tillson. “And we’re kicking the ball around too much. It’s just the little things right now. It’s all mental. The little things that you need to do to win baseball games.”
South Tahoe pitchers hit four Douglas batters with pitches in the first two innings. Douglas’ D.J. Brady was hit twice. The Tigers also drew 10 walks as a team. At one point in the second inning, Douglas led 10-1 and had only three hits.
“I think we’re every bit as talented as them,” Tillson said. “Our guys just don’t believe in themselves right now. It’s my job to make them believe in themselves, but we just don’t have it right now.”
Jamie Moore went 3 for 3 with two RBIs and a double to lead the Vikings, who had to shuffle around their lineup because of injuries. Catcher Buck Pershing also drove in two runs. Pershing and Steve Yarrow each went 2 for 3 at the plate.
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Tyson Estes pitched a shutout in the first game, leading the Tigers to a 10-0 win. Estes improved to 4-1 on the year.
South Tahoe will play North Tahoe on Thursday at a site to be determined. The Vikings begin their three-game Sierra Division series against on Thursday in Carson City.
“We come out against the smaller schools and we’re all loose and relaxed,” Tillson said. “But then we come out against the bigger schools, the creme de la creme of the 4A, and we don’t come out like that for some reason.”
JVs take two from Douglas
Joel Morris of South Tahoe High pitched his second successive complete-game win and the Vikings continued to swing hot bats in sweeping Douglas in a junior varsity doubleheader on Saturday in Minden.
Morris quieted the Tigers’ bats on four hits as the Vikings blanked Douglas 10-0 in five innings.
Zach Kropf went 4 for 4 with a triple, double and two singles and Bob Hallam and David Schue each delivered three hits. One of Schue’s went for two bases.
“Our team is hitting the ball well and they are supporting each other,” said STHS coach Glenn Russell.
In game two, Cody Reeder pitched four strong innings and Kropf picked up the save as the Vikings won 10-3.
Douglas had beaten South Tahoe 17-3 last Thursday, setting up the Vikings’ improbable doubleheader sweep.
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