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Vikings plug into new power source

Tribune staff reports

With their 3-4-5 hitters out of the lineup, South Tahoe High found a new power source in junior Peter Maes on Saturday in their home opener.

Maes smacked his second homer of the season — a two-run blast — in the Vikings’ 10-3 loss to Carson in the opening game of a Sierra Division baseball doubleheader on Saturday at Todd Fields.

“Peter has been more of a singles hitter and somebody who uses his speed, but now he’s showing a little pop in his bat. To hit one out of Todd Fields is no small feat,” said Vikings’ manager Doug Russell. “He’s worked real hard in the weight room in the offseason and it’s starting to show.”

Carson completed the doubleheader sweep with a 12-0 victory in game two.

The Vikings were missing A.J. Russo, Craig Spencer and Kevin Woodman — the heart of the batting order. Spencer lost a tooth when a ball struck him in the mouth prior to the twin bill.

Maes’ two-run blast off Ryan Henry in the fifth inning pulled the Vikings to within 6-3.

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“It definitely lifted our spirits and got us back in the ball game,” Russell said.

Owen Brolsma and Jon Teeter hit two-run triples in the sixth and seventh innings, respectively, to break it open.

Henry struck out 10 through six innings to pick up the win.

Maes and Marcus McKinnon each stroked two hits and McKinnon stole two bases.

Game two was all Carson.

Eric Melendez belted a two-run home run, a two-run triple and a two-run single for six RBIs and Aaron Henry belted two homers, including a two-run shot, to lead Carson to the 12-0 romp.

“We’re not healthy and didn’t have the depth this weekend to stay with someone like Carson,” Russell said. “They swing it well with power.”

Scott DeFriez pitched a two-hit complete game shutout, striking out six in the nightcap that was called after five innings due to the 10-run rule.

“We’re getting there,” Carson coach Ron McNutt said. “A lot of our teams have started off slow.

“They’re swinging the bats a little better every day. I don’t think we struck out that many times.”

Carson improved to 10-3 overall and 5-1 in the Sierra Division. STHS dropped to 2-10 and 0-6.

The Vikings will play host to Truckee on Tuesday and North Valleys on Thursday at Todd Fields.

Carson’s junior varsity baseball team swept a doubleheader from South Tahoe on Saturday, winning 10-0 and 10-9.

— Nevada Appeal Sports Editor Charles Wisnand contributed to this story.