Nine-run Fallon first inning buries Vikings
FALLON – After dropping a doubleheader to Carson last weekend, the Fallon baseball team got back to its winning ways on Thursday.
The Greenwave exploded for 18 runs as Fallon beat South Tahoe 18-1 in five innings at the Edward Arciniega Complex. Wave pitcher Roman Hucks went the distance with seven strikeouts and four walks while allowing just one run.
“When he (Hucks) was throwing strikes and forcing them to put the ball in play, that’s when he was at his best,” Fallon coach Robbie Wickware said. “All week long, the kids came out understanding we needed to get better from last weekend.”
Fallon jumped on the Vikings in the bottom of the first with nine runs. Hucks, Drake Roque and Colton Oney each stroked two-run singles for Fallon. The Wave added two more runs in the second, matching their three-game total against Carson.
South Tahoe, however, put pressure on Fallon in the top of the second inning when Max DeLallo singled, and Dillon McKeen and Jake Braun walked to load the bases with no one out.
Rigel Garman drilled a single to center field to score Delallo and put the Vikings on the board. South Tahoe’s momentum was cut short after Andrew Contaxis struck out and Jamie Yelles grounded into a double play to end the inning.
“Give them credit, they hit the ball,” South Tahoe coach Don Amaral said.
Fallon continued its torrid hitting by scoring seven runs in the bottom of the third. The Vikings’ defense committed five errors for the game and used three pitchers.
The teams will play a doubleheader in Fallon on Saturday starting at 11 a.m.
The Wave improved to 8-3 overall and 2-2 in the 4A Sierra League. South Tahoe slipped to 0-7 in league games.
“They played a great game today,” Wickware said. “But Tahoe’s going to come out on Saturday, and we’re going to have to battle all day.”
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