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South Tahoe baseball finishes winless in five games at Bearman Tournament

Anthony Gentile
agentile@tahoedailytribune.com

The South Tahoe baseball team faced tough competition at the season-opening Mike Bearman Memorial Tournament, and wasn’t able to break through. The Vikings lost five games in three days, March 10-12, leaving them winless heading into Div. I-A Northern League play.

“We struggled in all facets of the game,” Vikings coach Starbuck Teevan said. “Our defense committed a bunch of errors, our pitchers didn’t throw enough strikes and our hitters really had no timing.”

After falling at Douglas in its season opener, South Tahoe (0-5) lost two games in each of the next two days. In a doubleheader at Wooster on Friday, March 11, the Vikings fell to Spanish Springs (Sparks, Nev.) and league rival Fallon.

“Being early in the season and playing some good competition showed us a lot of our weaknesses that we have to work on,” Teevan said. “We have plenty to do.”

“Playing some good competition showed us a lot of our weaknesses that we have to work on.”Starbuck TeevanVikings coach

The Vikings opened play Friday with a 10-2 loss to Spanish Springs. South Tahoe struck first with a run in the top of the first inning before the Div. I Cougars answered with eight straight runs. STHS didn’t score again until the top of the fifth.

South Tahoe capped Friday with a 13-3 loss against Fallon. The Vikings fell to the defending Div. I-A State, Northern Region and Northern League champion Greenwave, who they open league play against on the road this weekend.

Junior Evan Brewer led the Vikings with two hits and two RBIs in the loss, and senior Will Mori also finished 2-for-3. Senior Josh Sullivan went 1-for-2 with a run and RBI while junior Ben Bushrow and sophomore Tyler Wattanachinda each finished 1-for-3 with a run.

Bushrow started on the mound and allowed 10 runs — seven earned — in 3.2 innings. The junior struck out three, walked six and gave up six hits.

South Tahoe concluded tournament play with defeats in a doubleheader at Carson High (Carson City, Nev.) on Saturday, March 12. The Vikings again fell to Spanish Springs before losing to host Carson in their fifth contest in a three-day span.

In its second matchup in as many days against Spanish Springs, the Vikings were held hitless over six innings in a 10-0 loss. Wattanachinda and freshman Caleb Caramazza were the only South Tahoe players to reach safely in defeat — both did so with walks.

The Vikings wrapped up tournament play with a 10-1 defeat at the hands of the Senators. South Tahoe gave up six runs in the first and couldn’t recover against Div. I Carson, who finished the tournament with four straight wins.

“The guys started pulling together and really fighting — even though the score didn’t indicate it,” Teevan said. “We did hit some balls hard, we played much better defense and it was a good way to end the tournament.”

Junior Garret Harley went 1-for-3 against the Senators, and provided South Tahoe’s only RBI. Senior Paul Hoefer finished 2-for-3 with a double and a run, while Bushrow and Brewer each collected one hit apiece.

Sullivan started and lasted 1.0 innings, allowing six runs on five hits with two walks. Senior Justin Ruger pitched a scoreless frame of relief, striking out two and allowing two hits. The Vikings held Carson scoreless in the second through fifth innings.

South Tahoe returns to action Friday, March 18, when it opens league play with a three-game series at Fallon (3-2). The Vikings and Greenwave meet at 3 p.m. Friday, and play two Saturday, March 19, with first pitch scheduled for 11 a.m.

“We’re going in with a positive mindset,” Teevan said. “We’ll throw it out there and see what happens.”


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