Loggers take 3 of 4 from Blue
The Tahoe Blue and Sierra Tahoe Loggers started a baseball rivarly last weekend that should only blossom in the months to come.
The South Shore’s two off-season baseball programs for high school-age players met four times Sept. 7-8 and will square off Saturday and Sunday of this weekend.
Twice the Loggers edged their rivals by a run, winning 4-3 and 9-8. Tyler Corey won the first game, capping a three-run seventh-inning rally by driving in the winning run with no outs. Kevin Woodman and Marcus McKinnon also delivered singles during the winning rally.
The Blue took a 3-0 lead in the second inning on RBI singles by Peter Maes and Noah Matteucci. Pitcher Allen McDermott was the hard-luck loser, allowing six hits and one earned run while striking out six. Eli Bently pitched the distance for the Loggers, giving up six hits and striking out five.
In the 9-8 Loggers’ win, the Blue rallied from a 5-2 deficit to nearly pull out the victory. The Loggers’ McKinnon and Andrew Rice each collected three hits.
A.J. Russo and Steven Gerken had identical numbers at the plate, going 2 for 4 with a double, two RBIs and a run scored.
A six-run Loggers’ first frame wiped out a 3-0 deficit as the Loggers won 13-9 for their final win over the Blue. A two-run single by Travis Purdy highlighted the early uprising. Bently, Woodman and Jerel Dutton extended the rally with RBI singles.
The Blue battled back to within 6-5, but three-run fourth and sixth innings finished off the Logger victory.
Perseverance finally paid off for Blue in the finale of the four-game set Sunday at Todd Fields. Craig Spencer’s three-run double keyed a six-run third inning as the Blue pounded out a 14-4 win.
Gerken pitched three innings of one-hit relief to earn the victory. Woodman, Russo, Gerken, Matteucci and Harsh Vyas came through with two hits apiece. Spencer led the Blue with three RBIs.
Bently led the Logger attack with a two-run single.
The teams will participate in a round-robin tournament with the Reno Tribe on Saturday at James Lee Park in Carson City and Sunday at Todd Fields. Loggers’ games are tentatively set for 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. Saturday and 3 p.m. and 6 p.m. Sunday. The Blue plays at 1 p.m. and 4 p.m. Saturday and noon and 6 p.m. Sunday.
The Loggers and Blue will resume their budding rivalry at 4 p.m. Saturday and 6 p.m. Sunday.
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