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Emeralds take 2 of 3 from Samoa

Steve Yingling

The American Samoa Olympic Team found out last weekend that the high altitude of Lake Tahoe is a nice place to hit but not to pitch.

Tahoe took two of three games from Samoa at Todd Fields as the teams combined for 87 runs.

The Emeralds rallied from an 18-10 deficit in Friday’s opener with a 14-run sixth inning. Earlier in the seven-inning contest, Samoa wiped out an 8-2 edge with a 12-run uprising.



With midnight quickly approaching, Samoa elected to forgo the final two innings after scoring once in the seventh.

“The game went so long and so late and they were staying in Reno, they said, ‘We’ll see you tomorrow. We wanted it to end, too,” said Emeralds skipper Gary Shidaker.



South Tahoe High graduates Starbuck Teevan and Chris Barna had big nights at the plate. Teevan, who played for Sacramento City College’s California state championship team last spring, went 5 for 6 and scored five runs. Barna, who plans to walk on at the University of Nevada, had two singles and a double.

On Saturday, Barna blasted three-run and two-run homers as Tahoe outslugged Samoa, 14-10. Aaron Wicklund, a Whittell High grad who has a season left at NCAA Division I Centenary College, hit a solo homer.

“Maybe that says something what playing at home can do for a team,” Shidaker said.

Samoa, however, avoided a three-game sweep by hitting three homers in a 13-7 win in the series finale. Teevan led Tahoe with a double and two runs scored.

The Emeralds, 22-10, play a four-game set with Hollister this weekend at Todd Fields. Games times are 7 p.m. Friday, 1 p.m. for a Saturday doubleheader and noon Sunday.

the game went so long and so late, the were staying in Reno, for 1 p.m doubleheaer, that’s good, you win, we’ll see tomorrow. Whe wanted it to end, too.

Tahoe Emeralds:

Friday 7 p.m., Saturday 1 p.m. doubleheader and Sunday noon single, Hollister Angels, all Todd Fields.

American Somoan Olympic Team, ran out of gas in third game but beat in first two, they were young scrappy team and not a lot of pitching.

High-scoring games

behind 6-5 after three, emeralds Barna hits second bomb, two-run bomb for 3-2 lead earlier, hit three-bomb to give lead in second game.

five-run fifth,

14-10 Tahoe second game. Wicklund hit solo homer in third inning to make 5-4.

“Maybe that says something what playing at home can do for a team.”

First game,

Somoa 20(12)121 1-19

Tahoe 44011(14) x-24

the game went so long and so late, the were staying in Reno, for 1 p.m doubleheaer, that’s good, you win, we’ll see tomorrow. Whe wanted it to end, too.

one game, 4 hour game after 7 innings

“5-hour game at lampe in uls open two years ago, that was incredible, it wasn’t this high scoring.”

managing 20 years

Wicklund, single walk, double, hit by pitch, three runs

Starbuck 5 runs scored, 5-6

Barna, single, double, single, 3-6

Alex Schneeberg, 1-2, 3 waks and two rusn scored

Adam Heggen, 3 runs scored from nine hole

Mitchell, pitched around him all night, double, single, 2 walks, one run scored.

Somoa 4(back to back homers) 10 5(third homer)030

Tahoe 1002040

13-7 final, leading hitters: Starbuck Teevan, double, two runs scored; Barna 0-3;

Season record: 22-11

It’s gonna heppen, it may be two yuear from now, it has to happen, five years fron now. making composite bats now that don’t break. it’s all right getting dangerous, just managed to duck ou;t of the wya other night.

13 PITCHER, 15-year-old red line bat, way too illegal, whle place went silent.

college world series, rid, they just don’t beat old records, they just demolisht them.

they have to improve on previous year’s model. it’ has to star somewhere,

we’re not sshort of lumber, I dont’ htin any env issues there.

Why not go back to woodies, no reason to.

Remember when little, used to break it,, I remember that bat, had nine straight hits, don’t do that with the lummies.

the grip,t he sound, JUST THE PURITY, it’s game that’s been messed with, last decade or more, in it’s purist form is the greatest.

who can accord the highest tech, everyhone got woodie, who can perform.

no way to control the alloys here, come up with space age stuff. the bottom line is the danger, it’s way out of hand.

“They would kill.”

[pitcher third baseman, first baseman, they wouldn’t play. I guess find someone for million dolars would stand ou;there.

mcgwire hit 95 home runs and 600-foot homers.

over seocnd fence between the forest screaming.

with wood bat you have to the sweat spot really work on to perfect in swing, with the lummies all have to do is make contact anywhereV on

the bat

sweat spot on alloy 8 inches, the whole bat is the sweet spot.

Hennessy, regular season Babe Ruth, game he hits beyond trees in left field. 15-year old, he’s hitting them 400 feet, bombed them over center, left center 375, center 400 dead CENTER.

wooden, sweat spot, 3 inches.

came out in 1967-68, now only have to carry dozen bats instead of 65 bats, now that isn’t true, with composite bats, add up 12 alloy bats today prob same cost as 600 wood bats, cost thing isn’t there.

composite last half season, could last only day, can break, wood bats break that easy, 1-2 in big league game.

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