South Tahoe JV baseball beats Dayton in season finale, finishes 16-6 |

South Tahoe JV baseball beats Dayton in season finale, finishes 16-6

Anthony Gentile
South Tahoe freshman Ricardo Aguila fires a pitch in the JV Vikings’ league game against Dayton on Wednesday, May 4, at Todd Fields Park.
Anthony Gentile / Tahoe Daily Tribune |

SOUTH LAKE TAHOE — The South Tahoe junior varsity baseball team concluded a successful 2016 campaign on a strong note Wednesday, May 4. The Vikings beat Dayton 9-0 at Todd Fields Park in a rain-soaked finale, capping their season in style while offering optimism for the future.

South Tahoe (16-6, 14-4 I-A Northern) jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the first inning Wednesday, and broke the game open with a five-run fourth. The Vikings added runs in the fifth and sixth en route to victory in a contest that featured intermittent rain.

Freshman Ricardo Aguila scattered four hits against Dayton, pitching a complete game shutout with one strikeout and no walks. Aguila finished the season 6-1 with a 3.17 ERA, tied for the team in wins with sophomore Joe Kaufman (6-2, 4.39).

The Vikings collected five hits Wednesday, led by a big day from sophomore Peyton Galli. Galli went 3-for-4 with a double, home run, six RBIs and three runs against the Dust Devils, and finished the season with a team-high 39 hits, 34 RBIs and .534 batting average in 73 at-bats.

Freshman Aaron Johnson was 1-for-4 with two runs in the season finale, and junior Caleb Bray went 1-for-3. South Tahoe hit .365 as a team on the season and had four players finished with more than 20 hits — Galli, freshman Cameron Johnson (23), freshman Alexander Kasper (21) and Aaron Johnson (21).

South Tahoe opened the season with wins over Douglas and Damonte Ranch (Reno, Nev.) in the Mike Bearman Memorial Tournament, then won nine of its first 10 league games. The Vikings finished the season 5-3, and closed the campaign out with a 14-12 extra-inning win at Fernley on April 23 before Wednesday’s shutout victory.

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