Mendez, Smith pitch Fallon past South Tahoe
FALLON — The Fallon baseball team complete a three-game sweep of South Tahoe on Saturday at the Edward Arciniega Complex.
The Greenwave defeated the Vikings, 7-2 and 6-3, to improve to 10-3 overall and 4-2 in the 4A Sierra League.
Fallon defeated Vikings’ ace Max DeLallo in the first game as Dioney Mendez picked up the win.
“We had a really good approach throughout the game,” said Fallon head coach Robbie Wickware. “Dioney came out and threw a great game.”
The Wave countered with its own ace, Teryn Smith, in the second game. Smith went seven innings and struck out 14 batters.
Smith got help early as Andy Fiske scored on a Vikings’ error to give the Wave a 1-0 lead. Fallon broke loose for four runs in the second off RBI singles by Roman Hucks and Fiske.
“There are some things we need to work on, but it’s great to get a sweep,” Wickware said.
South Tahoe countered with three runs in the top of the fourth when Smith struggled to find the strike zone. Smith walked Connor Casey and DeLallo before striking out Jamie Yelles. Jake Braun doubled to left to score Casey and DeLallo and scored after a pair of wild pitches from Smith. Smith settled down and tp strike out the next two Vikings to end the inning.
“We came out flat early, but we made adjustments,” said South Tahoe coach Don Amaral. “My ace (DeLallo) just had some trouble with getting everything (pitches) up and walked some people.”
Fallon added one run in the bottom of the fourth, and Smith struck out the side to end the game.
Fallon will travel to Las Vegas next week for the Gael Easter Classic tournament, and South Tahoe is scheduled to host Galena on Thursday but with Todd Fields covered by snow, the game will likely be moved to Reno.
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