South Tahoe baseball swept at Fallon to open league play
FALLON, Nev. — The South Tahoe baseball team left its first Div. I-A Northern League series of the season still looking for its first victory. The Vikings were swept on the road by defending state and league champion Fallon last weekend, March 18-19, extending their losing streak to eight games to start the campaign.
“We’re definitely making progress, which is good,” Vikings coach Starbuck Teevan said. “Everybody is still positive even though we’re 0-8.”
South Tahoe (0-8, 0-3 I-A Northern) showed improvement in Saturday’s doubleheader after a 10-0 loss in the series opener Friday, but couldn’t take a game off of Fallon (6-2, 3-0). The Vikings combined for 19 hits in the twinbill against the Greenwave, led by Mason Cain. The senior finished 6-for-8 with two runs and an RBI.
“We played much better Saturday,” Teevan said. “We had plenty of opportunities to even score more runs, but we didn’t get any clutch hits.”
In the first game of the doubleheader, South Tahoe fell to the Greenwave 12-5. Junior Garret Harley finished 2-for-4 at the plate, senior Justin Ruger was 1-for-4 with two runs and senior Josh Sullivan went 1-for-3 with a stolen base. Senior Will Mori, junior Ben Bushrow and freshman Caleb Caramazza added a hit apiece.
The Vikings closed the twinbill with a 10-2 loss to Fallon. Cain collected three hits for the second straight game, finishing 3-for-4 with an RBI.
Harley (2-for-4, run) and Mori (2-for-4) each had multiple hits for South Tahoe in the series finale while Ruger went 1-for-2.
“We’re swinging the bats better, but we still need to be more competitive at the plate,” Teevan said. “We’re striking out too much.”
Sophomore Chris Pfister pitched a complete game in the loss. In 6.0 innings, Pfister allowed 10 runs (seven earned) on 12 hits, striking out four and walking one.
“We made a few mistakes behind Chris, but he threw really well,” Teevan said. “We struggled a little bit with some errors, which is pretty standard for early in the season.”
On Friday, the Vikings were held to one hit — a single from Harley — in a 10-0 defeat. Senior Moises Cuevas started South Tahoe’s league opener, and allowed eight runs (four earned) on eight hits in 5.0 innings with one strikeout and three walks.
South Tahoe returns to action when it hosts a three-game series against Elko (3-4-1, 3-0) at Todd Fields Park this weekend, March 25-26. The Vikings make their home debut Friday at 3 p.m. and play a doubleheader Saturday — first pitch is scheduled for 11 a.m.
“It will be nice to finally play a home game,” Teevan said. “We’ve been on the road since day one and haven’t played anything at home. It’ll be nice for the kids and we look forward to the challenge.”
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