South Tahoe JV baseball beats Dayton, improves to 8-1 in Div. I-A Northern League play |

South Tahoe JV baseball beats Dayton, improves to 8-1 in Div. I-A Northern League play

Anthony Gentile

SOUTH LAKE TAHOE — The South Tahoe junior varsity baseball team continued its strong start to Div. I-A Northern League play at home Tuesday, April 5. The Vikings beat Dayton 11-5 at Todd Fields Park, notching their eighth victory in nine league contests.

South Tahoe (10-3, 8-1 I-A Northern) opened the scoring with two runs in the bottom of the first inning, and stretched its lead to 9-0 with a seven-run second. Dayton got on the board with three runs in the top of the fifth, but the Vikings scored once in the fifth and sixth to secure their fifth straight victory.

The Vikings had 11 hits in Tuesday’s win, led by three-hit efforts from sophomore Scott Mansfield and junior Lex Merrifield. Mansfield went 3-for-3 with four RBIs and a run while Merrifield was 3-for-3 with two runs — sophomore Peyton Galli added two hits, three RBIs and a run.

Junior Caleb Bray (W, 2-0) started and threw 5.0 innings, allowing five runs — three earned — on six hits with a strikeout and no walks. Sophomore Joe Kaufman pitched 2.0 scoreless innings of relief, holding the Dust Devils to one hit.

Last weekend, April 1-2, South Tahoe swept Sparks on the road with three double-digit wins. The Vikings combined to outscore the Railroaders 54-5 in the three-game series, including a 25-4 victory in the series opener Friday, April 1.

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