South Tahoe baseball season comes to an end |

South Tahoe baseball season comes to an end

J.P. Kelsey
Sophomore Kevin Lehmann makes contact for a single. He helped put some runs on the board for a sixth inning rally.
J.P. Kelsey/ Tahoe Daily Tribune |

The season came to an end Friday afternoon for the South Tahoe High baseball team — suffering their final loss against the Fallon Greenwave, 10-6, in the NIAA 3A Northern League regional tournament. The Vikings’ first loss in the double-elimination tournament came Thursday, losing 1-3 against Elko High. South Tahoe hosted the tournament.

“Overall, I’m pleased with the season,” said South Tahoe head coach Starbuck Teevan. “We made it to the playoffs, but we’re not really happy with how it ended. We made some mistakes this year and there are areas where we could have done a lot better.”

Thursday’s game against Elko was a slow start and a slow finish for the Vikings. They managed only one run for the game, which came in the second inning. Elko put up a run the same inning to tie the game, 1-1, but South Tahoe couldn’t manage to pick up any more steam.

The Vikings did have a six hit offensive showing in play against Elko, but they couldn’t close when it mattered most. According to Teevan, not being able to fully take advantage of scoring opportunities is something the team has struggled with throughout the season.

Game two against Fallon was a battle to the bitter end. By the second inning South Tahoe had held Fallon to one run before jumping to a 2-1 lead with help from sophomore Alex Kasper’s and junior Chris Pfister’s runs.

Fallon’s defense was giving it all it had to keep the Vikings in check — leaving them scoreless in three consecutive innings. Fallon wasn’t holding back on offense either. The Greenwave had two runs in the third inning, two in the fourth and three in the fifth. Now with the game at 8-2, it looked like South Tahoe was fighting for breath.

The sixth inning was the most fruitful for the Vikings, rallying to put four runs on the scoreboard and making it a 6-8 game. Sophomore Kevin Lehmann, junior Bryin Schouten, Pfister and Kasper all managed to get on base and eventually come home.

The win was just within reach for the Vikings but the sixth inning rally was just about all the offense South Tahoe could muster. Fallon answered back promptly in the bottom of the sixth with two runs to inch a little further away from the Vikings.

A last minute single in the top of the seventh by senior Garrett Harley gave South Tahoe a little hope, but Schouten hit into a 1-6-3 double play to remove any Vikings from base.

“Fallon is always a tough team,” said Teevan. “They have a good ball club and they’re well coached. We made a few mistakes and that cost us the game.”

Teevan said that he’s looking forward to next season and the team should retain most of its players. “I have a lot of young players so most of my team is coming back,” said Teevan. “Moving forward, I have some sophomores that are starters. So the future looks bright.” The Vikings finished the season ranked sixth in 3A Northern League play with a 13-12 record, overall.

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