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Hard-luck finish for Vikings in Gorman Classic

Steve Yingling, Tribune sports editor

The South Tahoe Vikings’ stay in the Gorman Classic didn’t end the way they envisioned.

Dublin of the Bay Area scored two runs in the sixth inning and two more in the seventh Friday to rally past the Vikings 5-4 in Las Vegas.

A pair of walks and a hit batter contributed to Dublin’s winning rally in the seventh. The deciding run came home on a wild pitch with two out and the bases loaded.

“We kind of gave it away,” said STHS coach Matt Tillson. “The kids didn’t say a word in the dugout after the game, and they were really upset. It’s good to see that they care about it. It’s the first time I’ve really seen them upset after a loss.”

Before the sixth inning, Matt Marsh shut down the Dublin offense. He allowed five hits before being lifted with one out in the sixth. Max DeLallo pitched the rest of the way, struggling to find the strike zone.

Derek Holmgren and Kyle DiGrande accounted for most of the Vikings’ hitting. Holmgren went 4 for 4 with an RBI, and DiGrande was 3 for 4, including a double, and an RBI. DeLallo swatted a double, and Tanner Braun hit a single.

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South Tahoe (6-15) plays a nonleague game Tuesday against Rite of Passage at Todd Fields. Former STHS junior varsity coach David Santee now is the skipper for ROP.

“I have a lot of respect for Santee,” said Tillson, who coached with him in summer ball. “He’s just an outstanding coach, a good leader and players respond to him well.”