Lucas throws Buckaroos for three-hit loss
Jordan Lucas tossed a three-hit shutout and enjoyed 16 hits of support as the South Tahoe High junior varsity baseball team downed Lowry 10-0 in five innings Tuesday at Todd Fields.
Lucas, who has been the pitcher of record in all four STHS victories this season, struck out five and walked none.
“He’s definitely on,” said Vikings coach Matt Tillson. “He’s been keeping the ball down in the zone and his curveball is breaking really sharply right now.”
South Tahoe (4-11) got three hits from Tyler Tucker, including a game-ending two-run single in the fifth; and three more off the bat of Royce Reardon. One of Reardon’s hits was good for a two-run homer.
But the hits didn’t stop with that duo as Justin Osborne went 2 for 4 with a double; Tony Brillante stroked two singles; Matt Mora cracked a two-run homer and single; and Jason VanSooy and Kenny Tidwell lined a pair of singles.
Tillson was pleased that his club put away the Buckaroos after blowing a 6-0 sixth-inning lead in their last meeting. Lowry won that game, 7-6.
“They developed the killer instinct. That’s what I’ve been trying to preach to them all year,” said Tillson, whose team will try to rock his cousin, Eric Goicoechea, on Thursday, when Elko visits for the Vikings’ final home game.
Bishop Manogue swept a Nevada 3A Division II softball doubleheader from Whittell, 19-1 and 14-0, on Tuesday in Reno.
The Warriors went hitless in the opener, but Stephanie Evans stroked a double and Erin Silver a single in game two. Both games went five innings.
Warriors pitcher Meredith Shaw surrendered seven runs in the first inning of the opener. But reliever Ashley Wines came into to stop the rally and hold the Miners scoreless until the third frame, when the home team tallied seven more runs. This time, Shaw returned to put out the rally.
Tally Lock scored the Warriors’ only run in the fourth inning as Manogue walked four straight hitters.
Silver and Evans combined to play seven different positions in game two, allowing manager Lindsay Wines to empty her bench.
“Whatever position I put them in, they played well,” coach Wines said.
Whittell, 2-12 overall and 0-6 in Division II, gains an extra measure of home-field advantage when it plays its first game Thursday at Zephyr Cove Park. Dayton visits for a 4 p.m. division game.
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