Column: Baseball community deserves to see DeLallo vs. Morgan
The baseball community deserves it.
Whittell vs. South Tahoe at Todd Fields.
Get the grills fired up, stock the concession stands with a few extra bags of sunflower seeds and bring over your Little League teams to fill up the stands.
The South Shore’s two high schools may have to wait a long time to serve up a better pitching matchup than Max DeLallo vs. Jordan Morgan. In these parts, that is the equivalent to seeing Roy Halladay vs. Tim Lincecum in the Show.
DeLallo, the South Tahoe High senior, has been striking out hitters from Minden to Elko and generating a recruiting interest seldom seen in this area for a baseball player. San Jose State has joined the DeLallo sweepstakes preceded by Western Nevada College and Feather River. Don’t be surprised if DeLallo becomes the first South Shore baseball player to be drafted out of high school in June.
The power-pitching right-hander’s season record isn’t eye-popping for the 6-16 Vikings, but he has repeatedly posted 10-strikeout performances and kept opponents’ hitting in check.
Morgan also relies on the heater as his No. 1 pitch and is the ace of a Warriors’ pitching staff that has recorded five no-hitters in 20 games. A year after leading Whittell into the state championship game, Morgan has registered a 7-1 record – his only defeat coming at the hands of Battle Mountain last Saturday.
While the college recruiters have been lukewarm toward the 6-5 Morgan, he’ll get his chance to show what he has at the Big League Showcase on May 23 at Bishop Manogue High School in Reno.
Makes you want to come out to Todd Fields four or five hours early to guarantee that you get a seat.
There is only one problem.
The schools haven’t set a date for the appetizing matchup, even though the schools met a couple of times to scrimmage in the preseason. Why is there such uncertainty about scheduling this game? It should have been put on the schedule a long time ago. Why schedule nonleague games in Winnemuca or against North Valleys when there is an ideal, local opponent?
No matter what, Whittell and South Tahoe will begin meeting on a regular basis in all sports starting next fall, when they both become part of the Mount Rose League. South Tahoe coach Don Amaral even envisions playing one of next year’s games at Aces Ballpark in Reno.
South Tahoe Athletic Director Don Borges said there is talk of still arranging a game between the schools, and Whittell coach Starbuck Teevan said something can be arranged. Time, however, is running out as the regular season nears an end. Amaral, formerly Whittell’s coach, has an opening on his schedule for such a game.
“I would try to accommodate anything to promote baseball in this area,” he said. “We tried for a game 5 or 6 years ago when we had the Shapiro (brothers), and the game got rained out. A game with Whittell would be so much fun.”
Amaral said the game would likely work best for both schools on Monday, May 10, four days before Whittell is scheduled to begin the Northern 2A League tournament.
Teevan now has an opening on the Warriors’ schedule following a rainout against Coleville on Tuesday. Nevada Interscholastic Activities Association rules permit baseball teams a maximum of 21 regular season games plus two tournaments.
“We were trying for next Tuesday, but that was before South Tahoe’s (series with Manogue) got pushed back a day to Monday,” Teevan said. “Picking up an extra game against South Tahoe would be good for us.”
Of course, scheduling the game is only half of the problem at this point. Will spring finally arrive in the Sierra when the game is arranged?
– Tribune Sports Editor Steve Yingling can be reached at email@example.com
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