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Loggers finish third in Reno tournament

Tribune Staff Reports

Sierra Tahoe Loggers dropped a few redwoods during their season-opening baseball tournament season over the weekend in Reno.

The Loggers defeated teams from Sacramento, Modesto and Reno to finish third in the 12-team tournament.

Sierra Tahoe, which is comprised of players from George Whittell, South Tahoe, Douglas, Incline and Dayton high schools, defeated the Modesto Escalon Blazers 11-3 to wrap up third place on Sunday. Sean Spalding of Incline Village tossed a complete-game five-hitter, while Brian Finkel, Marcus McKinnon and Ely Bently combined for seven hits. Finkel led the attack with three hits.



Earlier on Sunday, Kevin Woodman went the distance, giving up four hits and fanning eight, as the Loggers stopped tournament host Reno Silver Sox 7-3.

In their tournament opener, the Loggers used effective pitching by Tyson Frederick and Brandon Huff to upset the Sacramento Mustangs 5-4. Frederick pitched four innings before tearing thumb ligaments. He is expected to miss several weeks.



Huff pitched the final four innings to pick up the victory.

“For us to go down and beat teams from Sacramento, Reno and Modesto means a lot because we couldn’t fare well against those teams in the past,” said Loggers manager Don Amaral.

Solid defensive played a role in the Loggers’ tournament success as they committed eight errors in six games.

Next up for the Loggers is the Fred Brinkley Memorial Tournament Aug. 24-25 in Sacramento.

Free physicals for Vikings

Free physical exams are available for South Tahoe High’s first-time and freshman athletes today through Wednesday at Tahoe Family Physicians.

Exams will be given all three days at 5 p.m.

Student-athletes can pick up the necessary forms at the high school office. Forms must also be signed by a parent.


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