Wolverines pull off second comeback win against Vikings
RENO, Nev.- The bottom of the seventh innings has not been kind to the South Tahoe Vikings so far this season. For the third time in their last six games South Tahoe took a lead into the seventh and ended up on the short end of the final score. The Truckee Wolverines defeated the Vikings 12-11 on Wednesday afternoon in Reno.
Truckee struck first, with a solo home run in the bottom of the second off Vikings starting pitcher Cody Higgins. In the top of the third, with one out, Viking shortstop Rylan Tepper belted a solo homer of his own to tie the game 1-1. Center fielder Rigel Garman then singled and catcher Jake Braun smacked a triple, plating Garman. Braun would then score on a passed ball and Tahoe had a 3-1 lead.
The Vikings put up four more runs in the top of the fourth. Higgins and second baseman Bobby Oakes both walked and first baseman Dominic Diana lined a shot into right field to score Higgins. After an intentional walk for Tepper, Garman drew a bases loaded walk, scoring Oakes. Left fielder Jamie Yelles then ripped a bases loaded double down the third base line scoring two and putting the Vikings up 7-1.
After retiring the first two hitters in the fourth, Higgins ran into trouble and was relieved by Oakes. Truckee battled back for 4 runs of their own and the score was 7-5 after 4 innings.
South Tahoe stayed hot scoring four more in the top of the fifth. Third baseman Tyler Sharp led off with a single and Diana knocked a one out single, both runners advanced on a passed ball. Tepper then lofted a scoring sacrifice fly to center field. After Garman singled, Braun launched his third home run of the season, a three run blast that put the Vikings up 11-5.
Truckee is a stout opponent though and the Wolverines scored five runs of their own in the bottom of the fifth leaving the score at 11-10.
Neither team scored in the sixth and Tahoe did not score in the top of the seventh. In the bottom of the seventh, Truckee led off the inning with an inside the park home run to tie the game at 11-11. With one out, back to back doubles brought the winning run across the plate. The loss dropped the Vikings overall record to 7-8, but more importantly it was the first Mount Rose League loss of the year for South Tahoe, leaving them at 5-1 in league play.
Garman once again led the Viking offense, going 3-4 with a double and two runs scored. Braun was 2-4 with a triple, home run, and four RBI. Yelles went 2-4 with a double and two RBI and Diana was 2-4 with an RBI and two runs scored. Tepper’s home run was his first of the season.
South Tahoe gets another shot at the Wolverines in a double header this Saturday at Governors Field in Carson City at 11 a.m.