South Tahoe JV baseball wins series at Elko
ELKO, Nev. — The South Tahoe junior varsity baseball team took two of three on the road last weekend, March 25-26, to win its second straight series to start Div. I-A Northern League play. The Vikings beat Elko 16-5 in the series finale Saturday after splitting the first two games of the set.
South Tahoe (6-3, 4-1 I-A Northern) trailed 3-2 after four innings in the second game of Saturday’s doubleheader, and scored seven straight runs to take control of the contest. Ahead 9-5 headed into the seventh, the Vikings closed out the game with a seven-run frame.
The Vikings banged out 20 hits in the rubber match. Sophomore Bryin Schouten led the way, finishing 4-for-6 with an RBI and two runs.
Freshman Aaron Johnson had three hits, and was 3-for-5 with two RBIs and two runs. Junior Lex Merrifield went 2-for-4 with two RBIs and a run, and freshman Cameron Johnson was 2-for-4 with one RBI and a run, while sophomore Peyton Galli, freshman Kevin Lehmann and freshman Alex Kasper each added two hits, two RBIs and two runs.
On the mound, freshman Colby Glaze started and allowed three runs on five hits in 3.0 innings. Junior Caleb Bray (W, 1-0) picked up the win with 4.0 innings of relief, allowing two runs on six hits with two strikeouts.
The Vikings opened Saturday’s twinbill with a 13-0 loss to Elko in five innings. South Tahoe was held to one hit in defeat — a single from Lehmann — as the Indians evened the series.
In the series opener Friday, South Tahoe jumped out to a big lead and held for a 12-11 win over the Indians. The Vikings took a seven-run lead into the bottom of the sixth that was cut to one by Elko, then prevailed after a scoreless seventh inning.
Galli led South Tahoe’s 14-hit attack, finishing 3-for-5 with two RBIs and two runs. Cameron Johnson (2-for-4, RBI, two runs), sophomore Scott Mansfield (2-for-4, run), freshman Devin Ford (2-for-3, two runs) and Lehmann (2-for-3, run) each collected multiple hits to open the series.
Sophomore Joe Kaufman (W, 3-0) started Friday and allowed six runs — three earned — on nine hits in 5.0 innings. The win was the right-hander’s third in as many starts.
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