Vikings overpowered by Crusaders
SPARKS — South Tahoe scored six runs in its first state playoff game, but it wasn’t enough to hold off Faith Lutheran High School and the Vikings went on to lose 17-6 in five innings.
The Vikings took a 1-0 lead in the first with an RBI double by Sergio Burgueno that scored Dakota Lynch.
The Crusaders answered back with three in the bottom of the inning off a two-run single and a throwing error when the Vikings tried to turn a double play.
Faith Lutheran made the score 8-1 in the second on three RBI hits and two runs on a misplayed hit in the outfield.
Kolby Eymann came in to pitch for starter Garret Harley for the Vikings at the start of the third. Harley went two innings with seven hits, one walk and one strikeout.
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Eymann would allow three runs on a bases loaded walk and a two-run single before being replaced by center fielder Lynch. The Crusaders scored another three runs in the inning bringing the score to 14-1.
The Vikings kept fighting and managed three runs in the fourth. Spencer Harnett hit a long RBI double down the third base line scoring Aaron Phister and Lynch later hit one to the same spot to score Harnett. Burgueno had his second RBI on the day with a single that brought home Lynch to cut the deficit to 14-4.
Faith Lutheran added its final two runs in the fourth on two RBI hits and another unearned run. The Vikings’ Eymann hit a two-run double for the final margin.
“I think that Faith Lutheran is a very good team,” said head coach Starbuck Teeva. “Defensively, it wasn’t our best game. We had some mistakes that allowed them to score some runs. One thing that we’re proud of is we don’t quit. I am proud that we battled and hopefully we’ll do a lot better tomorrow.”
The sun was a factor for both team with as many as four routine fly balls misplayed for extra runs.
“We teach the kids from an early age to block the sun,” said Teevan.
The Vikings return at 10 a.m. today for the chance to extend its season into Saturday as they take on the winner of the Fallon and Chaparral High School game.
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