Pershing gets game winning hit, pays back Damonte |

Pershing gets game winning hit, pays back Damonte

With South Tahoe High trailing 6-2 in the bottom of the fourth inning, Buck Pershing thought he was about to start a rally. Instead, he finished it.

Pershing’s lead-off double in the fourth was appealed and upheld because he didn’t touch first base, leaving the Vikings with one out and nobody on base. But Pershing ended up recording the game-winning hit in the same inning after the Vikings ran through their lineup and eventually posted a 7-6 come-from-behind win over Damonte Ranch on Monday in Carson City.

After Pershing was called out, Jamie Moore singled and Jason Anthenian singled to put runners on first and second, then Kyle Jones walked to load the bases. The key play of the game came when Stephen Yarrow drilled a line drive that was fielded but thrown over first base. The error allowed the Vikings to scored three runs and pull within one run, 6-5.

Another error following Nick Heng’s at-bat put runners on first and third, then Randy Henson drew a 10-pitch walk to load the bases again. Spencer Dean scored the tying run with his sacrifice fly, Garrett Datrio walked to load the bases again, then Pershing stepped and up and singled home Heng for South Tahoe’s second victory in the Carson Tournament.

Dean was credited with the win after pitching the final inning. The game was called after the fourth because of a time limit. The Vikings (2-3) opened up a 2-0 lead in the first inning following an error and Heng’s RBI single. Daniel Tinlin pitched two solid innings to start the game, but the Mustangs scored six runs in the third to take a 6-2 lead. Pershing took care of the rest in the fourth.

South Tahoe opens Sierra Division play against defending state champion Reno on Thursday at 3:30 p.m. at Lampe Park in Gardnerville.

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