Loggers reverse fortunes at Nevada Union
The last time Don Amaral took a fall ball team to Grass Valley, his club didn’t win a game. In fact, his Sierra Tahoe Loggers couldn’t escape the 10-run rule in any of their four games.
A high-powered offense and solid pitching and defense determined that history wouldn’t repeat itself. The Loggers turned the tables by winning all four games.
On Saturday, the Loggers swept Nevada Union 18-6 and 7-3.
In the first game, A.J. Russo, Kevin Schlange and Brian Engler all went 3 for 4 as the Loggers launched an 18-hit attack. Winning pitcher Peter Maes kept Nevada Union confused, allowing five hits through 5 1/3 innings.
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In game two, Eli Bently kept the Nevada Union bats quiet and Russo and Andrew Mayne combined for four hits to key a 7-3 victory.
The Loggers only committed two errors in the doubleheader sweep.
On Sunday, Allan McDermott threw a three-hitter over five innings as the Loggers defeated Bear River. McDermott struck out six and walked none.
Robert and Ryan Lane of North Tahoe belted two-run and grand slam homers, respectively, for the Loggers.
In their finale, the Loggers counted on a diverse hitting attack and three defensive gems in succession by Schlange to outlast Bear River 11-9.
Russo was again clutch at the plate, going 3 for 4. Bently also delivered three hits and Marcus McKinnon came through with two. Chad Walling of Douglas High pitched the final three innings to pick up the win.
But it was the defensive play of Schlange that impressed Amaral most of all.
“He made three major league plays back to back to back,” Amaral said. “On the one pay the bags were loaded with one out and what looked to be a sure base hit up the middle, he dives and catches the ball on the second hop, rolls on his stomach and throws a hook shot to the second baseman for the out.”
The area’s 12- to 15-year-old fall team also had a successful weekend, winning two of three games from Douglas.
The Loggers (8-1) play Spanish Springs in a doubleheader that begins at 10 a.m. Saturday at Douglas High in Minden.
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