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Fallon ends South Tahoe’s baseball season at state tournament

Elyse Brightman
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South Tahoe starting pitcher Liam Loftis throws during Friday's game.
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The Vikings ended their season Friday afternoon with an 11-1 loss to Fallon in the state championship tournament.

South Tahoe’s only score came in the fourth inning when River Quinn hit an RBI ground out that scored Dominic Diana.

Starting pitcher Garret Harley went one inning and gave up three runs on five hits. Harley was replaced by Kolby Eymann who went one inning giving up four runs on two hits and a walk. Sergio Burgueno finished the last two innings and gave up five runs.

Diana went 1-for-1 with a walk and a run and Eymann went 1-for-2 with a walk, the only two South Tahoe hits in the game. Paul Hoefer and Burgueno both reached base after being hit by a pitch.

The Vikings ended its season with a 15-10 league record and 19-17 overall.

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SPARKS — South Tahoe baseball won its first state tournament game by beating Chaparral High School 13-8 Friday morning.

“It’s nice to get a win in the state championship,” said head coach Starbuck Teevan.

The Vikings scored four runs in the first on hits from Dominic Diana, River Quinn, Liam Loftis and R.J. Rivera came home on a bad throw to the plate from Chaparral’s left fielder.

The Cowboys answered back with two in the bottom of the inning.

In the second, Quinn drew a walk with the bases loaded and two outs that brought the score to 5-1.

Chaparral would tie it at five in the bottom of the inning then take the lead in the fifth after an RBI hit, a run walked in and a wild pitch. The inning ended 8-5.

The Vikings didn’t trail for long and retook the lead in the top of the sixth. Diana started the scoring with an RBI hit that scored Kolby Eymann followed by an RBI hit from Sergio Burgueno that scored Dakota Lynch. Quinn laid down a sacrifice bunt that brought home Diana and tied the game at eight.

South Tahoe gained the lead off a hit by Loftis scoring Quinn and a bad throw home allowing Rivera to score.

In the bottom of the inning, Teevan made a pitching change replacing starter Loftis with Lynch. Loftis went five innings with eight hits, six walks and four stikeouts.

“He competed all day,” said Teevan.

According to Teevan, Lynch did exactly what he needed to do and finished out the game without allowing any runs scored. He allowed no hits and had one walk.

“I was really nervous,” Lynch said. “Just tried to throw strikes to end the game.”

The Vikings added their final three in the seventh starting with a Diana triple to center to score Lynch. Burgueno had a sacrifice bunt that scored Diana and Rivera added an RBI double that scored Jaden Clelan to reach the 13-8 final score.

“I was just looking for a basehit because we needed those insurance runs,” Rivera said.

“We scored early and didn’t get anything for several innings then the bats came alive again,” Teevan said. “I’m definately proud of the effort. Our backs were against the wall and the kids didn’t quit.”

The Vikings become the first baseball team in school history to record in a win in the state championship tournament. The team plays the winner of the Fallon/ Faith Lutheran game to try and extend their season into Saturday.

“It feels amazing (to win) especially being a senior,” Rivera said. “But, I feel even better for the younger guys because it gives them confidence for next year.”


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