Viking bats explode for 22 in win over Hug

Staff reports
Sylas Wright / Sierra Sun

Riding the bus through rain, snow, and wind Thursday the South Tahoe Vikings baseball team was not sure if its non-league game versus Hug would be played or not. The Vikings luck had been as cold as the weather lately, losing four in a row, including losing leads in the bottom of the seventh in their last two games. After falling behind 4-0 after two innings, the Viking offense got hot, really hot.

South Tahoe erupted for eight runs in the third inning. The rally was highlighted by a two run double from Jamie Yelles, a two run triple from Rigel Garman, and an RBI double from Derek Clelan.

The offense never slowed down, scoring five more runs in the fourth inning. The fourth inning rally was started with three consecutive doubles from Yelles, Andrew Contaxis, and Rylan Tepper. Later in the inning Colton Marchesseault laced a two-run triple.

The Vikings continued to pour it on with 9 runs in the fifth inning.

Marchesseault came through again with a 2 run double, Cristian Coats had a 2 run single, and Contaxis roped an inside the park home run.

The double and triple were only part of a big game for Marchesseault, who also pitched a complete game for the win. Marchesseault gave up just one walk and four hits while striking out eight Hawks hitters, including striking out the side to end the game in the bottom of the fifth.

The non league win improved the Vikings overall record to 5-7, while their Mount Rose League record remains a perfect 3-0. South Tahoe will resume league play with a double header versus Incline High School on Saturday.

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