South Tahoe baseball falls at Douglas 14-1 in season opener
MINDEN, Nev. — The South Tahoe baseball team suffered a wind-blown defeat in its season opener Thursday, March 10. The Vikings fell to Douglas 14-1 in five innings to open a stretch of five games in three days in the Mike Bearman Memorial Tournament.
South Tahoe (0-1) was an out away from finishing hitless in its debut, before an RBI single from sophomore Tyler Wattanachinda in the fifth inning got the Vikings on the board. Wattanachinda hit a sharp chopper past third base to score senior Josh Sullivan.
Douglas (1-0) received a one-hit performance from starter Hunter Simpson on a windy and cold day that marked the start of the Bearman Tournament. The game was called after five innings due to the 10-run rule, as Marc Walling picked up a win in his debut as head coach of the Douglas program.
“That was a great outing,” Walling said of Simpson. “He was able to control his pitches and showed good composure under pretty tough conditions.”
Simpson only allowed four base runners, two on walks and another on an infield error. The junior right-hander had six strikeouts.
Douglas took a 2-0 first inning lead, the key hit coming when Tomas Leitenbauer laced a one-out line drive down the left field line for a triple. Nine players reached the hit column for the Tigers, who broke the game wide open with a seven-run fourth inning. Hadyn Brown and Jayden Foster both hit 2-for-3 with one RBI.
South Tahoe nearly collected its first hit when senior Paul Hoefer hit a grounder up the middle to lead off the fourth inning. But Foster, a sophomore shortstop, cut the ball off at second base and threw a strike to Brown at first base for the putout. Shortly after that, Foster fielded a Chris Pfister grounder in the hole and made a long throw to get the final out of the inning.
The Vikings returned to action Friday, March 11, with games against Spanish Springs (Sparks, Nev.) and Fallon at Wooster High. South Tahoe concludes tournament play Saturday, March 12, at Carson High — the Vikings face Spanish Springs at 9:30 a.m. and play Carson (Carson City, Nev.) at 2 p.m.
Tribune Sports Editor Anthony Gentile contributed to this story.
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