South Tahoe JV baseball edges Dayton, improves to 12-3 in league play |

South Tahoe JV baseball edges Dayton, improves to 12-3 in league play

Anthony Gentile

SOUTH LAKE TAHOE — The South Tahoe junior varsity baseball team pulled off a comeback Tuesday, April 19, to deliver its latest league victory. The Vikings rallied past Dayton 5-4 at Todd Fields Park, scoring four runs unanswered en route to the win.

South Tahoe (14-5, 12-3 I-A Northern) opened the scoring in the bottom of the second to take a 1-0 lead. Dayton answered with three runs in the next half-inning, and had a 4-1 lead after adding a run in the fifth.

In the bottom of the fifth, the Vikings scored three runs to tie the game. South Tahoe went ahead for good with a run in the sixth — then sophomore Joe Kaufman shut the door on the Dust Devils in his third frame of relief.

Kaufman allowed one run on two hits in 3.0 innings to pick up the win, finishing with a strikeout and two walks. Sophomore Peyton Galli started and threw 4.0 innings, allowing three runs on five hits with five strikeouts and a walk.

Four Vikings collected two hits each in Tuesday’s win. Freshman Alex Kasper was 2-for-3 with two RBIs and a run, junior Lex Merrifield went 2-for-3 with a double, RBI and run, sophomore Scott Mansfield finished 2-for-3 with an RBI and run, and freshman Connor Long singled in both his plate appearances.

Last weekend, April 15-16, South Tahoe took two of three games in a road series at Lowry. The Vikings took Friday’s opener 13-2 and won the first game of Saturday’s doubleheader 10-0 before falling 5-1 in the series finale.

Kaufman and freshman Ricardo Aguila each threw complete games in South Tahoe’s victories. At the plate freshman Cameron Johnson collected a team-high six hits in the series, finishing 6-for-9 with four RBIs and four runs over the three games.

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