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Vikings’ standings drop after weekend games

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The South Tahoe Vikings baseball team traveled to play Dayton, Fallon, and Fernley this past weekend and lost all three games. The losses dropped the Vikings’ overall record to 4-6, their Mount Rose League record remains 3-0. While Dayton rolled 12-1, the Vikings gave up late inning leads to Fallon and Fernley, losing 8-5 and 12-10.

On Friday afternoon at Dayton High School, the Dust Devils jumped all over South Tahoe for a 9-0 lead after one inning. The lone bright spot for the Vikings was sophomore Tyler Sharp belting a solo home run in the fifth inning of the 12-1 loss.

South Tahoe came back and played much better baseball versus the Fallon Greenwave on Saturday morning at Churchill County High School. In the top of the sixth, down 3-2, freshman Derek Clelan led off with a single and Tyler Sharp doubled. After a walk, a strikeout, and a pop up, junior Jake Braun came to the plate with the bases loaded and two outs. Braun worked the count full before lining a two RBI single into left field for a 4-3 Viking lead. The Fallon offense put up five runs in the bottom of the sixth and South Tahoe eventually lost the ball game 8-5. In the game, Clelan went 3-4 with a double and an RBI, while Sharp was 2-4 with a double and an RBI. Also for the Vikings, seniors Rigel Garman and Jamie Yelles both went 2-4.

In the weekend finale, South Tahoe lost a heartbreaker 12-10 to the Fernley Vaqueros. The Vikings pounded out 13 hits, drew eight walks, and stole six bases. The offense was led by Jake Braun, 3-4 with a double and 2 RBI, and freshman Dominic Diana. Diana went 2-3 with two doubles, two RBI, and two runs scored. South Tahoe took an 8-4 lead into the sixth inning, but could not shut the door on the Vaqueros. Fernley scored eight runs in the final two innings for the win.

South Tahoe will take on Truckee 4 p.m. Wednesday at Reno Aces Ballpark. Everyone is welcome to attend and admission is free. South Tahoe then travels to Hug High School to take on the Hawks Thursday at 3:30 p.m.

The South Tahoe JV squad lost to Dayton 12-2 and to Fernley 14-4, but bounced back for a win against Fallon 5-4. Sophomore Juliano Sparzo pitched a complete game and struck out 5 hitters for the win. Sophomore Bobby Gonzales had an RBI double and freshman Chad Kassamani had an RBI single in the victory over Fallon.


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