Bluejacks kick-off summer season by sweeping Fernley
June 7, 2011
By Douglas Etten
FERNLEY, Nev. – Want to be the best, you beat the best.
Cliche or not, it’s a theme that Tahoe Bluejacks head coach Kevin Higgins and his baseball team will need to live by this summer. Their schedule is packed with some of the toughest competition the area has to offer, and that began Sunday in Fernley.
A strong pitching performance in game one from Tyler Sharp, some solid defense and big hitting in game two, led to a sweep in the for Tahoe.
“The kids played some really solid baseball this weekend,” Higgins said. “I was proud of the way they executed.”
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A complete game, three-hit shutout from Sharp was the story line in the 9-0 game one win for Tahoe. He mixed a good bit of his fastball, which Higgins said pounded the zone all day long, with some off-speed stuff that kept hitters off-balance.
“His control was amazing,” Higgins said. “He really surprised, I think a lot of people, right out of the gates. He’s got some good stuff though, and he showed it.”
Colton Marchesseault led the way offensively in game one for the Bluejacks as he went two for three with a triple, single and four runs batted in.
Tahoe needed just six hits in game one to pull away. They were aided by three Scorpions errors in the third and fourth innings. It turned a 0-0 ball game in the second to a 5-0 Tahoe lead heading into the fifth.
“It was good to get on the field, because getting into game situations really shows us what we need to work on in practice,” Higgins said. “It was funny because Chuck (Diana) was looking around the dugout and field and said to me, ‘hey, we’ve got like three-fourths of our varsity team here.’ That’s a good thing that these kids get to work on a lot of this stuff together this summer.”
The Bluejacks are a summer high school team that involve players from both South Tahoe and Whittell High School.
Oliver Curial and Taylor Weik were key components for Whittell head coach Starbuck Teevan this past season and will be again next year.
Higgins, an assistant with the South Tahoe High School program, along with Chuck Diana, will coach this years squad along with help from a few other community members.
Their home games will be played at the South Tahoe Athletic Complex located behind the South Tahoe Middle School.
Game two highlights
The Bluejacks wasted little time getting on the scoring wagon in game two.
They pounded out five hits in the first inning, plating six runs which gave their defense and pitching the breathing room they needed to coast to a 12-8 win.
The Scorpions made things interesting in the second as they were able to take advantage of three Tahoe walks issued. Two consecutive base hits to start the inning ignited the five-run second for Fernley and made it 6-6 after two.
Tahoe plated two runs in the third on back-to-back RBI singles from Cody Higgins and Dominic Diana.
Weik was key out of the leadoff position for Tahoe as he reached based three times, roped a double and scored twice.
Jake Braun had a solid game two at the plate as he went three for three with three runs scored, four runs batted in and a three-run blast the opened things back up in the fifth.
Sharp was two for four at the plate in game two and got things going with a three-run triple in the first inning. Higgins had a good game two also. He was two for three with a double and two runs batted in.
The team will battle on the road in Reno this next weekend when they take on Hug in a double-header Sunday.
Sun. June 5 @ Fernley (DH)
Sun. June 12 @ Hug (DH)
*Mon. June 13 vs. Sparks (6 p.m.)
Wed. June 15 @ Reed
*Fri. June 17 vs. Truckee (7 p.m.)
Mon. June 20 @ Sparks
Wed. June 29 vs. Muckdogs (@ Sparks)
*Sat. July 2 vs. Antelope Valley
*Sat. July 3 vs. TBA
*Sat. July 9 vs. McQueen (Noon)
*Sun. July 10 vs. Reed (DH – Noon)
Mon. July 11 @ Truckee
July 14-17 @ Joe D. Tournament
(* indicates home game)