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Vikings edge Dayton for seventh victory

Steve Yingling

Dan Tinlin and Ian Rice combined to pitch a three-hitter and South Tahoe used a few early runs to get past Dayton 4-3 Tuesday in Dayton.

Rice, who also had an RBI single in the second inning, got credit for the win on the mound. He pitched the final four innings. Tinlin pitched three scoreless innings and didn’t allow a hit.

“We played pretty decent,” said first-year STHS coach Matt Tillson. “We played pretty good defense and obviously we pitched well. But we didn’t hit the ball real well. We had only one strikeout, but we weren’t hitting it that well.”

The Vikings (7-14) scored two runs in the second, the first off a squeeze play executed by Tinlin and the other off Rice’s single. After the Dust Devils scored two runs in the fourth to tie it at 2, Nick Heng’s RBI single in the fourth made it 3-2.

The Vikings manufactured a run in the sixth to take a 4-2 lead into the seventh, where Dayton scored one more run. But South Tahoe’s Jason Anthenian provided the key defensive play of the game to nix any chance of a Dust Devil comeback.

With one out in the top of the seventh and runners on first and second, a line drive to right field was snagged by Anthenian after a great recovery. He then threw out the runner at first base, who failed to tag, to complete the double play and end the game.

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Despite its positive way to end things, South Tahoe left 14 guys on base through six innings. The Vikings were the home team.

“We left too many guys on base,” Tinlin said. “You can’t do that against the better teams and expect to win.”

South Tahoe travels to Reno on Thursday for a 3:30 p.m. against North Valleys.