Twice in three days, South Lake burns Hug
SOUTH LAKE TAHOE, Calif. – With a lot of attention drawing in to Tuesday’s match-up with cross-town-rival Whittell (14-9), the South Lake Tahoe Vikings (11-12) took care of business Thursday. And they did so convincingly.
Five strong innings on the mound from Tyler Sharp combined with a six-run fifth helped in the 10-0 defeat of Hug High School. It was the second consecutive win for Rich Rubel’s club who is now looking at their Tuesday showdown as an opportunity to get back to .500 on the season and continue their push toward a Class 3A playoff appearance.
“We’ve scored 22 runs against this team now in the last two games, so our offense is starting to click I think,” Rubel said. “Situationally, we did some good things tonight.”
On a night where the Vikings mustered just five hits, all five were timely ones. Seven RBI’s was another positive note as base runners took full advantage of the more than 10 Hug errors.
Things began early as Jake Braun reached on an error in the first, stole second and then scored on back-to-back Hug errors to make it 1-0 after one.
Sharp rolled through the first six batters in order, got help from Colton Marchesseault’s single and run in the bottom half of the second before his first real struggle came in the top of the third.
Justin Bruhn earned a walk, then moved to second on a sharp single to center off the bat of Joel Martinez.
Both Bruhn and Martinez were sacrificed ahead one base on a nice bunt from Oscar Adame, but with one out and runners on second and third, Sharp got Diontae Blanton swinging before dodging a bullet when a Raymond Kerr liner was stabbed at second by Dominic Diana.
That play ended Hug’s only major scoring threat of the afternoon and spurred an offensive explosion over the next three innings.
Braun reached on an error at short. He then stole second and eventually moved to third on a passed ball. After Rylan Tepper reached, Jamie Yelles was hit by a pitch which loaded the bases for Derek Clelan who roped a three-two pitch down the third base line for a two-RBI single that made it 4-0 South Lake.
Hug tried rallying right away in the top of four, but after Sharp struck out the first batter and gave up a one out single, Braun gunned down Richard Kerr who tried swiping second before Sharp’s fifth strikeout of the afternoon ended the Hug fourth.
Neither team managed anything in their next at bats, but that all changed when South Lake came to the plate in the fifth.
Yelles led off by getting hit. Clelan then singled on a flare to right putting runners on the corners with no outs. Andrew Contaxis then hit an RBI sacrifice fly which plated Yelles making it 5-0 Vikings. Marchesseault laced and RBI double down the right field line next to make it 6-0 before a two-RBI triple to left center from Rigel Garmin made it 9-0.
Rylan Tepper then took a two-two offering and lined it to right, plating Braun and ending things in five.
Clelan and Marchesseault were each two for three on the night with two runs batted in. Marchesseault had one double. Braun scored three times on the night, and Garmin was one for four out of the leadoff spot, connecting in the fifth with his two-RBI triple.
Sharp, a sophomore, faced just four batters over the minimum. He struck out eight, walked just two and allowed just two hits in his five innings of work.
South Lake is off until Tuesday when they host Whittell. The Vikings took care of their rival March 28, winning 9-0. Tuesday’s game is set for a 4:30 p.m. start.
Whittell will be in action tomorrow hosting North Lake Tahoe in a doubleheader starting at 11 a.m. in Gardnerville.