Tommy Dolan was one of the toughest pitchers the Vikings had seen all season.
The hard-throwing right-hander from Incline knew how to get ahead in the count, but South Tahoe’s offense was prepared for that.
“We really try to focus on getting the ball in play, especially with two strikes, and putting the pressure on the other team,” said South Tahoe coach Starbuck Teevan.
“You’ve got to get the ball in play.”
Which is exactly how South Tahoe won its doubleheader against Incline on Saturday. The Vikings’ bats were making contact. Add in a few fielding miscues from a young Incline team, and South Tahoe walked away with an 11-1 win in Game 1 and a 15-3 win in Game 2.
The first game started as a pitcher’s dual — Dolan versus South Tahoe ace Tyler Sharp.
Dolan came out strong. He carried a 23-pitch count into the third inning, but fielding errors in the third and fourth resulted in a 37-pitch inning.
“They had a tough pitcher, probably one of the better guys we faced this season,” Teevan said. “It took a couple times around the order to get the timing of his fastball.”
Sharp, meanwhile, finished strong for the Vikings.
“He struggled a little early, but once he got in the groove and figured out the empire’s strike zone, he made the adjustments,” Teevan said.
The right-hander shortened his stride and settled down to toss a five-pitch fourth inning. He tossed six innings for the win, striking out six and giving up one run.
Behind Sharp was a flawless South Tahoe defense.
“It feels pretty good to know when you throw a ball over the plate your defense is going to catch it,” Sharp said.
The Vikings took a one-run lead into the third when River Quinn belted a leadoff double to leftfield, and worked his way home on a past ball and error.
The Vikings continued to put the pressure on Incline’s defense in the fourth and lengthened their lead to 3-0. Jordan Mann and Kolby Eymann blew up Dolan’s pitch count with 13-pitch at bats, and Quinn stepped up next to rip an RBI double again.
Incline’s Tommy Thompson took the mound in the fifth, but South Tahoe’s bats were plenty warmed up by then.
Almost everyone contributed to back-to-back four-run innings in the fifth and sixth, highlighted by a two-run triple from Dominic Diana that ended the game in mercy.
In Game 2, starter Cody Higgins kept South Tahoe’s momentum rolling. He threw five innings and gave up three runs, two earned, and struck out seven.
“Our bats again did the damage, getting 13 hits and putting runs on the board early and often,” Teevan said.
Almost everyone on South Tahoe’s lineup contributed. Mike Guili smashed a two RBI double. Taylor Weik scored two runs, and had one hit. Aaron Pfister had one hit, one run and one RBI. Christian Coats contributed three hits, three runs and three RBIs. Diana added three hits and four RBIs, and Sharp hit in three RBIs.
“We need to continue to get better and play for the team. If we can do that we have a very good opportunity to put ourselves in position to make a playoff run,” Teevan said. “This is a good bunch of young men. They’re hungry, determined and need to continue to push each other to be better everyday.”
UP NEXT: South Tahoe will face some big schools in the Northern Nevada Classic on Tuesday and Wednesday. The tournament consists of six schools: Carson, Douglas, McQueen, Spanish Springs, North Valleys and Reed.