Vikings top Incline in a double-header
The South Tahoe Vikings baseball team took both games of a double header, 13-5 and 19-7, versus the Incline Highlanders on Saturday in Carson City. The pair of wins improved the Vikings Mount Rose League record to a perfect 5-0.The games were the Vikings first two “home” games of the season. The baseball team had no choice but to begin playing home games at Governors Field in Carson, while waiting for Todd Fields to thaw.
In the 13-5 game 1 win, South Tahoe broke open a 2-1 deficit with 6 runs in the bottom of the second inning for a 7-2 lead. The inning featured line drive singles from senior Rigel Garman and sophomore Cody Higgins, while Incline walked four hitters and committed two errors. The Vikings struck for 4 more runs in the fourth inning and a single run each in the fifth and sixth innings. The South Tahoe offense was led by Garman, who finished 2-4 with 3 RBI. Senior Jamie Yelles and junior Colton Marchesseault both went 1-2, reached base 3 times, and scored 2 runs.
The story for game 1, however, was the pitching performance by junior Jake Braun, who was brought in from the bullpen to start the fourth inning with a 7-5 lead. Braun went on to throw 4 scoreless innings, while surrendering just one hit and striking out 8 of the 14 batters he faced. Braun was dominant as the Highlanders managed only two base runners from the fourth inning on.
Any hopes for the Incline squad in game 2 were crushed immediately. Following a perfect one, two, three top of the first from starting pitcher senior Dillon McKeen, the Vikings exploded in their half of the inning. South Tahoe tallied 7 hits, including two apiece from Higgins and senior Andrew Contaxis, 3 hit batsmen, and 2 walks. Junior Bobby Oakes and freshman Dominic Diana had RBI singles and three of the Vikings top four hitters scored twice in the 11 run inning.
South Tahoe had another big inning in the fourth. The Vikings put up another 7 hits and 7 more runs. Garman roped an RBI triple and Oakes had a 2 run single, but the highlight of the inning was a deep 2 run home run to left field by Jake Braun, his second of the season.
The game 2 offensive numbers were impressive. The South Tahoe offense pounded out 16 hits, drew 8 walks, and stole 6 bases while putting 19 runs on the board. Contaxis finished 3-3 with 2 RBI and 4 runs scored. Higgins was 3-3 with 2 doubles and 5 RBI. Braun was 2-2 with the homer, a double, and 3 RBI. Oakes was 2-4 with 3 RBI.
The Vikings continue Mount Rose League play with a 3 game series versus Truckee this week. South Tahoe will be the away team this Wednesday at 3 p.m. at Governors Bowl in Reno. The Vikings will then host the Wolverines for a double header this Saturday at Governors Field in Carson City at 11 a.m.