The close losses sting the worst, but luckily it’s still preseason and South Tahoe is working out the kinks.
The Vikings dropped their weekend opener to Fallon 7-6 on the road Friday. The boys redeemed themselves with a 10-0 shutout over Dayton on Saturday, and then dropped another close 7-6 game to Fernley.
“We had a chance to win both games we lost,” coach Starbuck Teevan said in an email.
Fallon 8, South Tahoe 7
Tyler Sharp pitched a good game for the Vikings, but a handful of errors cost South Tahoe the lead.
Fallon took a 3-1 lead over the Vikings in the second inning after senior Hunter Mori crossed home. South Tahoe, though, caught fire in the top of the third inning when Sergio Burgueno, Christian Coats, Diana Dominic and Jordan Mann all scored to give the Vikings a 5-3 lead. Coats led South Tahoe with three runs scored.
Dominic and Mann also had RBI singles to put South Tahoe ahead. After scoring one run in the top of the fourth inning, Fallon countered with two in the bottom half.
Fallon added two runs in the sixth inning to tie the game at 7.
South Tahoe got into a bases-loaded situation with no outs in the bottom of the seventh, and relief pitcher Jordan Mann stepped in. Mann stuck out the first two batters, got two strikes on the last hitter before giving up a hit.
“We need to have a desire to finish the game and remain focused until the final pitch,” Teevan said.
South Tahoe 10, Dayton 0
The Vikings came out strong against Dayton, and had a good approach at the plate.
Mann tossed four shutout innings for South Tahoe, giving up just one hit.
“He threw 70 percent strikes and kept us off the field on defense,” Teeevan said.
Sharp smashed a towering homerun, a double and led the team with three RBIs. Sharp is batting .474 in the preseason.
Kolby Eymann, Sergio Burgueno, Dominic Diana, Mann and River Quinn all contributed RBIs in 10-run shutout. Taylor Weik laced a double.
“We had a strong determination to win,” Teevan said.
Fernley 7, South Tahoe 6
South Tahoe lost some of its momentum in the tail end of the Saturday doubleheader. The Vikings came out somewhat flat as a team.
Skylar Sheldon started the game going 2 2/3 innings without giving up a run. When he got into some trouble, Bobby Gonzales came in for relief with bases loaded and two outs. Gonzales threw one pitch and got the hitter to pop-up for the third out.
Sharp, again, hit a homerun, putting the Vikings up 1-0 after three innings.
Gonzales got into trouble in fourth inning, and Jordan Mann came in relief.
It was a few fielding miscues that led to a handful of runs for Fernley.
Late in the game, and down 5-2, South Tahoe put something together scoring four runs and taking the lead 6-5.
“We again didn’t have that ability to finish the game,” Teevan said.
Kolby Eymann pitched for the first time this season, allowing a couple of hits and a couple runs.
Down 7-6 in the seventh inning, Weik got a critical walk, moved to second base on a hit-by-pitch, and RJ Rivera had a chance to tie the game.
Rivera hit a hard ground ball in the hole between shortstop and third.
“I thought it was going through, but the shortstop for Fernley made a great play in the hole, and a great throw to first for the final out of the game,” Teevan said. “I think once we find that way to finish games without those lapse moments of concentration, we have a chance to win some ballgames.”
The Vikings were missing Cody Higgins, a big part of their lineup, and are looking forward to having him back.
“In all we’ve played very well at times, not very well at times, but it starts with our pitchers throwing strikes,” Teevan said.