Emeralds rallying for wins
The Tahoe Emeralds scored eight runs in their final two at-bats to rally for an 11-5 victory in 10 innings to spoil the Nevada Yankees’ home opener during summer amateur baseball action last Wednesday night.
Tahoe went on the drop a pair to the Sacramento Sultans on Sunday, 18-4 and 8-5.
“They were ready to play,” said Tahoe coach Gary Shidaker. “We spanked them by similar scores in our first games of the year.”
But the Emeralds rallied late in their recent City of Reno Casey Stengel league game, winning 13-12 in dramatic fashion Monday night. With two outs in the last half of the seventh inning, Jason Meers singled home two to tie it before Greg Phillips hit a game-winning single.
Shidaker went seven innings for the win.
The Emeralds play the Sparks Tribe tonight at 8:30 p.m. at Moana Stadium in Reno. Mike Traum will start on the hill for Tahoe. Both teams are 3-0 and in first place in the league.
In the Yankees game, the Emeralds (now 16-4 overall) scored twice in the top of the ninth to tie, then won it with six runs in the 10th to secure their win at Lampe Park.
The loss was the first for the Yankees (5-1), who held a 5-1 lead after five innings but ultimately hurt their own cause in the field by committing seven errors.
Aaron Wicklund doubled one run home and then scored on Chris Kahl’s RBI singles as the Emeralds scored twice with two outs to tie the score 5-5 in the ninth.
In the 10th, Tommy Mitchell reached on an infield hit to lead off the inning. Dan McCauley walked and Mike Stucker was safe on an infield error. Matt Tillson stroked a double off the center field fence to put the Emeralds on top.
The Yankees banged out 16 hits – led by Dan Bir’s 3 for 5 and Cameron White’s 2 for 5, including a two-run homer in the third – but three Emeralds pitchers combined to strike out 16. Two University of Nevada products gave stellar performances in relief: lefty Clint Marcus struck out seven while working five-plus innings to keep Tahoe in the game and Scott Morris (2-0 with three saves this summer) retired six of the seven batters he faced in the ninth and 10th innings.
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