South Tahoe baseball wins two of three at rival Truckee, claims second straight series |

South Tahoe baseball wins two of three at rival Truckee, claims second straight series

Anthony Gentile
South Tahoe senior Mason Cain makes a throw to first against Truckee in a league game Saturday, April 11.
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TRUCKEE, Calif. — The South Tahoe baseball team went to the North Shore for a three-game series against Truckee last weekend, April 8-9, and delivered against its rival. The Vikings won the first two games against the Wolverines to claim their second straight Div. I-A Northern League series victory.

South Tahoe (5-13, 5-8 I-A Northern) opened the series with a 4-0 victory Friday afternoon. The Vikings broke free from a pitcher’s duel with two runs in the sixth and seventh innings, riding late offense and a shutout from sophomore Chris Pfister to victory.

Pfister pitched his second complete game shutout of the season Friday. In 7.0 innings, the right-hander scattered five hits and four walks — and didn’t allow an extra-base hit.

Senior Justin Ruger went 3-for-3 with an RBI in Friday’s win, collecting multiple hits along with junior Garret Harley (2-for-4, run). Seniors Will Mori and Mason Cain added a hit and an RBI apiece.

The Vikings opened Saturday’s doubleheader with a dramatic extra-inning victory. South Tahoe scored two with a two-out rally in the top of the eighth and prevailed 9-7 in a back-and-forth contest.

The game was tied 5-5 after the first two frames, and the Vikings traded runs with Truckee (2-12, 2-8) the rest of the way. In the bottom of the seventh, Vikings starter Moises Cuevas escaped a bases-loaded jam to send the game into extras tied 7-7 — he ended the threat by getting Truckee’s Jack Englert to ground the ball back to him.

In the top of the eighth, Wolverines reliever Connor Bullion got two quick outs — then South Tahoe started its go-ahead rally. Ruger began the two-out rally with a walk, before a base hit from Pfister and a walk of freshman Christian Jacuk loaded the bases.

With the bases loaded, senior Josh Sullivan laced an 0-2 pitch to left field for a two-run single that put South Tahoe ahead. In the bottom of the eighth, Cuevas allowed a hit while closing the game out — Truckee’s base runner was eventually thrown out stealing.

Cuevas pitched 8.0 innings for South Tahoe, allowing four earned runs on seven hits. The right-hander struck out five and walked three to win for the second time in three starts.

Ruger went 2-for-2 with three RBIs and two runs in Saturday’s first game. Pfister was 1-for-4 with an RBI and a run, and Sullivan finished 1-for-5 with two RBIs while Mori and junior Tyler Wattanachinda each went 1-for-4 with a run.

In the series finale Saturday, South Tahoe couldn’t complete the sweep in a 7-3 defeat. The Vikings tied the game 2-2 with a run in the top of the fifth, but Truckee answered with four runs in the next half-inning on the way to its second win in league play.

Wattanachinda went 2-for-3 with an RBI and a run in the loss and Pfister finished 2-for-2. Jacuk had a hit and RBI, junior Ben Bushrow had a hit and a run and Harley added an RBI and a run.

On the mound, Ruger started and threw 4.1 innings in a losing effort. The right-hander allowed five runs (four earned) on four hits with a strikeout and a walk.

South Tahoe returns to action at home Friday, April 15, when it opens a three-game series against Lowry (7-9, 4-8) at Todd Fields Park. The Vikings and Buckaroos open the series under the lights Friday a 6 p.m. and are scheduled to play a doubleheader Saturday, April 16 — first pitch is scheduled for 11 a.m.

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