Loggers, Blue become the boys of fall
The Sierra Tahoe Loggers and Tahoe Blue are giving the major-leaguers a run for their money in length of season this fall.
Both South Shore ball clubs for high schoolers are continuing to play ball well past their usual closing dates and the dividends are showing up in their competitive play.
The Loggers are receiving strong pitching from Eli Bently and Tyson Frederick, while Travis Purdy, Marcus McKinnon and Kevin Woodsman are providing the cuts. Sierra Tahoe went 1-2 in a recent round-robin weekend with the Blue and Reno Tribe.
Sierra Tahoe (10-11) plays in a tournament this weekend in Chico, Calif.
Meanwhile, Joe Russo’s Blue are hitting the ball all over the park.
Tahoe tied the Tribe 10-10 on Sept 14. The game was called after seven innings. The big inning was six-run fourth as Kevin Schlange hit a two-run double and A.J. Russo delivered a two-run single. Craig Spener went 2 for 3 with two runs; Schlange was 2 for 4 with two runs and two RBIs; Russo 4 for 4 with two runs, three RBIs and a double; Steven Gerken 4 for 4; and Harsh Vyas 2 for 4 with two RBIs.
The Blue lost to the Tribe 13-6 on Sept. 15 at Todd Fields despite a Spencer RBI double that triggered a five-run fourth inning. Schlange led the Blue with two hits.
Later that day, the Loggers beat the Blue 7-4. The Loggers took a 5-1 lead after two innings and then rode the six-hit pitching of Bently and Frederick. McKinnon and Purdy led Loggers with two hits, while Russo rapped out two hits and knocked in two runs for the Blue.
The Blue plays Bear River twice on Saturday in Grass Valley and a doubleheader against the Silver Sox on Sunday at Governor’s Bowl in Reno.
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