Weather, errors continue to bedevil Vikings
Galena only delivered one hit out of the infield against South Tahoe High ace Max DeLallo on Saturday, but the Grizzlies still won the Sierra League baseball game 6-0.
In a unnerving start, DeLallo struck out Eric Howsley, but the Galena leadoff hitter reached first base when the strikeout pitch went to the backstop. Howsley advanced to third base when the first baseman couldn’t come up with DeLallo’s pickoff attempt and the ball went into right field.
“It just catapults from there,” said STHS coach Don Amaral, whose club committed four of its six errors in a first inning that ended with the Grizzlies ahead 2-0.
DeLallo allowed just four hits in 5 1/3 innings – three of which came on a bunt single and two infield base hits – but walked eight. It marked the second straight start where DeLallo has struggled with his command of the strike zone.
“We think he’s starting to think that he needs to strike out everybody because there are so many errors behind him,” Amaral said.
In fairness to the South Tahoe fielders, the Vikings have been unable to practice on their home field through Monday as winter weather has lingered well into the team’s spring season. Their only field time has been in games.
Galena starter Jeff Pickett blanked South Tahoe on four hits. Jamie Yelles collected two hits, while DeLallo and Rigel Garman provided the other two. The Vikings loaded the bases in the fourth inning, but Pickett struck out the next two Vikings to get out of the jam.
“We can’t get the key knock to get it going,” Amaral said.
Galena completed the three-game sweep with a 13-3 in game two of Saturday’s doubleheader.
Yelles, a junior, hit the Vikings’ first home run of the season, a 365-foot solo blast during a three-run fourth inning. Christian Winslow contributed a two-run single during the rally that pulled South Tahoe to within 8-3. But the Grizzlies responded with a five-run uprising in their half of the fourth to put away the win.
South Tahoe (0-12 in league play) will participate in the Spanish Springs tournament Wednesday through Friday in Sparks and Reno. The Vikings are scheduled to play at McQueen at 4 p.m. Wednesday, then meet Elko at 10 a.m. Thursday at Spanish Springs High. The Vikings will return to McQueen at 4 p.m. Thursday for an encounter with Central Valley.
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