After dropping Friday’s game 18-8, South Tahoe High’s baseball team rallied on Saturday to win the last two of the three-game series.
Junior Kolby Eymann was the starting pitcher for the home opener Friday afternoon. He threw two innings before senior Sergio Burgueno came in.
“(Burgueno) did exactly what we wanted him to do,” said head coach Starbuck Teevan, adding that a couple of defensive errors and walks cost the Vikings the game.
“(Elko) really put the defense on their heels,” said Teevan.
Senior Dominic Diana went three for four at the plate with four RBIs and a homer. Senior RJ Rivera went two for three with one RBI. Eymann had a hit, a walk and three stolen bases.
The Vikings stepped up their game as the series continued Saturday.
“They were focused. The guys really wanted to win,” said Teevan. “The guys didn’t get down on each other.”
After being down three runs early in the game, South Tahoe fought back for the 7-6 win.
Diana stepped up to the plate in the seventh inning, with South Tahoe down 6-3 and two men on, and hit a ball to right center.
“I saw it got past him and I knew I was making it to third at least and coach said ‘go,’” said Diana.
So he went, and turned the triple into a three-run, inside-the-park home run to tie the game.
The next batter, Burgueno, got on base, which brought up freshman Garrett Harley who drove in the winning RBI.
“We had more heart (Saturday),” said Diana. “We feel really good about that.”
Harley also pitched an entire game, going seven innings with seven strikeouts to earn the win.
“All his pitches were working,” said Teevan. “He was in command all day.”
At the plate, Harley went two for three with two RBIs and a stolen base.
Burgueno went two for three with one RBI and one walk, and Rivera also went two for three with one RBI.
With an exciting finish to the first game of a doubleheader, emotions can run high heading into the second game, but the Vikings stayed focused and took the final game of the series, 7-4.
Sophomore Jordan Switzer pitched the first two innings and struck out three batters. Junior Dakota Lynch, who finished the game with two strikeouts in five innings, replaced him.
“I just wanted to come in there and throw some strikes,” said Lynch. “I had a good defense behind me.”
Lynch got into a bit of a jam in the seventh inning, but with the help of his teammates, he worked his way through to get the win.
“My teammates came in and gave me some advice. They told me they had my back,” he said.
At the plate, Lynch went two for three with a walk and an RBI. Diana was two for three with one walk and one RBI and Harley went two for three with one walk, two RBIs and a triple. Rivera went one for two with one walk and one RBI.
“Our defense played really well in the second game. All day we were high energy,” said Rivera, who went down late with a dislocated shoulder, but continued to finish out the game.
“I really wanted to finish for Dakota and for my team,” he said. “And shout out to our (athletic) trainer Rebecca for putting my shoulder back in.”
Teevan was happy with the way his team played Saturday and not letting Friday’s loss get them down.
“We got some timely hits. We’re getting production throughout the line-up,” he said. “We got a real good group of guys. They like to play with each other and for each other.”
The Viking’s next home stand is Friday and Saturday against Sparks.