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North Valleys rallies to beat South Tahoe diamondmen

Steve Yingling, Tribune sports editor

Strong emergency pitching by senior Kyle DiGrande and another solid hitting performance weren’t enough for the South Tahoe High baseball team to notch a second win Friday at the Carson tournament.

North Valleys rallied for four runs with two outs in the fifth inning for a 5-4 victory.

“I was really happy with the effort. We played well enough to win again,” said South Tahoe coach Matt Tillson. “I thought we played better today (than Thursday), especially for the circumstances, down three of our best players.”

Matt Marsh, STHS’s scheduled starting pitcher, was sick and missed the game. DiGrande stepped in and handcuffed the Panthers for the first four innings. South Tahoe also played without senior Gary Prescott and junior Otto Trebotich.

The Panthers’ winning rally was aided by a ball getting lost in the sun in the outfield. North Valleys had a runner on second base at the time, and if the batter had been retired, STHS would have been out of the inning. Following the misplayed fly ball, the Vikings issued two walks to load the bases, then gave up a game-deciding, bases-clearing double.

“Kyle is going to be real good pitcher for us,” Tillson said. “He held the bats in check for the first four innings and should have been out of the (fifth) inning.”

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The game was called after six innings because of time. Tillson thought North Valleys’ coaching staff repeatedly stalled in the sixth inning to prevent the Vikings from hitting in the seventh. South Tahoe had the top of its lineup scheduled to bat in the seventh.

DiGrande led South Tahoe hitters for the second straight game, collecting two hits. Derek Holmgren, Max DeLallo and Rick Norlie hit doubles.

South Tahoe will conclude tournament play Saturday with an 11:30 a.m. game against Spanish Springs, followed by a 2 p.m. matchup with Fernley. Tillson is planning to pitch Matt Blank in the opener and Marsh in game two.

Vogt’s pitching keys Warriors’s win vs. Incline

Whittell High split its season-opening baseball games in the Yerington tournament on Friday.

Alex Vogt pitched four solid innings, and Anthony Taricco and Nick Warner delivered two hits as the Warriors beat Incline 8-4. Portola, however, shut out Whittell 10-0, limiting the Warriors to three hits.

“We made too many mistakes in that one, but they are easily correctible,” said Whittell coach Starbuck Teevan.

Taricco, Sam Harris and Jordan Morgan collected hits for Whittell against Portola.

Whittell’s tournament schedule was reconfigured after several teams dropped out. The Warriors will conclude the tournament Saturday with a 12:15 p.m. game against Quincy and a 5:15 p.m. game against Sparks.

Warriors start season with pair of wins

Whittell’s softball team started its season successfully Friday, winning two of three games at the Yerington tournament.

The Warriors beat Coleville 9-2 and North Tahoe 9-8 before ending the day with an 11-0 loss to Lone Pine.

Pitcher Justina Pritzker earned two victories, while Marissa Besson led the offense with two triples and a double. Pritzker had seven strikeouts in the win against Coleville.

The win over North Tahoe was especially pleasing for the Warriors since the Lakers spoiled Whittell’s postseason chances last year.

“That was fun. The last inning we thought we were going to lose it because we were up 9-4, and they scored four runs. But with the tying run coming to the plate, we got the final out,” said Whittell coach Rich Barna.

The Warriors wrap up the tournament Saturday with a 1:30 p.m. rematch with North Tahoe and another shot at Lone Pine at 3 p.m.

“We’re looking forward to playing Lone Pine again,” Barna said. “That was our third game today, and we were pretty spent.”