Miners use three-run rally in seventh to tie, then beat Vikings in ninth | TahoeDailyTribune.com

Miners use three-run rally in seventh to tie, then beat Vikings in ninth

Steve Yingling, Tribune sports editor

South Tahoe High was three outs from upsetting the Manogue Miners in a nonleague baseball game Tuesday at Todd Fields.

But the Vikings couldn’t close the deal as the Miners scored three runs in the top of the seventh inning and added two more in the ninth to escape with a 9-8 victory.

After the Miners went ahead 9-7 on Justin Farley’s RBI double and unearned insurance run, the Vikings mounted a rally in the bottom of the ninth.

Gary Prescott walked and advanced to second on a Max DeLallo base hit to left. The Vikings caught the Miners by surprise with a hit-and-run on Matt Marsh’s grounder up the middle. The second baseman bobbled the ball, allowing Prescott to score and Marsh to reach first.

South Tahoe, however, couldn’t plate the tying run. After Chris Ewing’s lined out to the first baseman on a bunt attempt, Jamie Yelles walked to fill the bags. Tanner Braun nearly brought home the tying run but his soft liner was snared by the second baseman as it was about to drop into right field. Then reliever Kevin Berry ended the game with a strikeout.

A two-run double by Sean Deweese highlighted Manogue’s three-run seventh inning. Yelles, a sophomore, got out of the jam with a fielder’s choice and a foul out to Prescott.

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Manogue threatened in the eighth, getting a baserunner to second with two outs, but Chris Heng covered a lot of ground to haul in high fly ball from John O’Gara.

After the Miners took a 3-0 lead in the first inning, STHS responded with a two-run single by Marsh in its half of the first.

The Vikings also scored two runs in the second and third innings to take a 6-4 lead.

South Tahoe starter Notanee Vasquez took a line drive off the leg in the third and was relieved by Yelles in the fourth.

For the Vikings, Derek Holmgren went 2 for 5 with a triple and run scored; Prescott was 2 for 4 with two runs; and DeLallo went 2 for 3 with a double, two walks and two runs scored.

The Vikings (7-19 overall) will take on Sierra Division leader Douglas on Thursday and Friday at Todd Fields. The teams will play a doubleheader starting at 2 p.m. Thursday and a single game at 2 p.m. Friday.