The Vikings ended a record-breaking win streak at 10 games after losing the final game of a three-game series against Lowry in extra innings.
The 10 wins is the longest unbeaten streak a South Tahoe High School baseball team has ever had, according to head coach Starbuck Teevan. The Vikings last loss was an 18-8 decision against Elko on March 21.
Friday’s game saw the Vikings prevail to a 9-6 victory with senior Liam Loftis earning the win on the mound. Loftis had four strikeouts with three walks. He gave up 10 hits.
Junior Kolby Eymann got on base four times with two hits and being hit-by-pitch twice. He recorded a double and an RBI.
Dakota Lynch got the start on the mound for Saturday’s first game of the doubleheader. Lynch pitched three innings and gave up seven runs on eight hits with four strikeouts and three walks. Sergio Burgueno came in for the last three innings as South Tahoe went on to win 13-8.
“(Burgueno) did a great job. Got a lot of strikes and a lot of ground balls,” said Teevan. “Our defense did really good.”
Offensively, senior Dominic Diana went 3-for-3 with a walk, a double and five RBIs. Eymann went 2-for-2. He walked and was hit by a pitch in his two other plate appearances. Burgueno went 2-for-3 with three RBIs. Juniors Aaron Phister and River Quinn each went 2-for-3.
In Saturday’s second game, senior Spencer Harnett pitched the first 3.2 innings before freshman Garret Harley came in for the final 3.1 innings. Harley struck-out three while walking four and gave up five runs.
The Vikings were down 5-3 going into the seventh inning. With two outs, Lowry walked in a run and sophomore Paul Hoefer reached first on an error which brought in Burgueno for the tying run. The next batter ended the inning at 5-5 tie.
Loftis came in to pitch the eighth after pitching a complete game the day before and gave up four runs.
“We kind of ran out of pitching,” said Teevan. “We just thought a change of speeds would help, it wasn’t (Loftis’) fault at all.”
South Tahoe had its chance at a come-back in the eighth when Burgueno was hit to load the bases and Eymann scored on a ground-out. The next batter, Quinn, loaded the bases on a walk then Loftis grounded out to end the game at 9-6.
“The guys didn’t stop fighting. They battled until the last pitch,” Teevan said.
Diana went 4-for-4 with three RBIs putting him at 7-for-9 on the series and Eymann was 2-for-2 in the game and 6-for-7 in the series.
Burgueno reached base five times with two hits, a walk and two hit by pitch.
The Vikings record improves to 10-2 in the league and 11-6 overall. This weekend, South Tahoe plays its last home series against Fernley starting Friday and ending with a doubleheader on Saturday.