Pointer, Howsley lead second-ranked Grizzlies by Vikings
South Tahoe has now played four of the top eight baseball teams in the Sierra Nevada Sports Media Poll, and Don Amaral believes he saw the best of the lot on Thursday.
Second-ranked Galena pounded Vikings’ pitching from the get-go en route to a 14-0 Sierra League five-inning victory in Reno. The game was supposed to serve as the Vikings’ home opener, but Todd Fields remains covered by snow.
“We ran into a very good baseball team in Galena,” Amaral said. “They hit the ball very, very hard.”
The Grizzlies were led by Brian Pointer, an Oregon State University signee, who hit a homer and single. Pointer was robbed of a second extra-base hit by Vikings’ right fielder Andrew Contaxis.
Galena’s Eric Howsley pitched the distance, allowing four hits, striking out four and walking one. South Tahoe’s hits off Howsley were by Ricky Braun, Connor Casey, Tanner Braun and Contaxis.
“We loaded the bases with one out in the fourth but couldn’t get a key hit to get going,” Amaral said. “The kids played better and didn’t quit, but this was a well-oiled Galena team.”
Ricky Braun started on the mound for South Tahoe and was relieved by Christian Winslow, who limited Galena to four hits and three runs over the final three-plus innings.
“He did an outstanding job controlling their bats,” Amaral said.
South Tahoe (0-10 league) plays Galena in an 11 a.m. doubleheader Saturday in Reno. Next week, the Vikings are scheduled to play in the Spanish Springs tournament in Sparks. The Vikings have games scheduled for 4 p.m. Wednesday against McQueen, and next Thursday they will play Elko at 10 a.m. and Central Valley of Fresno at 4 p.m.
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