South Shore players enjoy rare wins over Reno teams
South Shore baseball players are tired of losing to Reno teams, so they did something about it last weekend.
The Sierra Tahoe Loggers, an area fall baseball team made up of 16- through 18-year-olds, won four games, including three over Reno clubs, to capture the Nevada Fall Classic last weekend in Reno.
“We played very well,” said Loggers’ skipper Don Amaral. “A lot of kids hadn’t played in a little over a month and this brought us together as a team.”
Allan McDermott won the all-important championship game, tossing two-hit ball over four innngs as the Loggers defeated the Reno Tribe 2-1. He struck out six before giving way to Eli Bently, who tossed one-hit relief for 2 1/3 innings.
“We really needed to beat that team because a lot of those kids we play against them on our high school team and they just kill us, so it was really important to beat that team,” said Marcus McKinnon, who drove in both runs in the final game.
South Tahoe High senior Peter Maes closed out the victory by fanning one of the two batters he retired.
“Winning our first tournament of the year with a new team boosts our confidence pretty well,” Maes said.
McKinnon, a STHS senior as well, hit a two-out two-run single to score Whittell’s Chris Pavich and Tommy Equivel in the third inning. Pavich and Esquivel reached on singles.
Wooster star Jake Rasner forced the deciding game by throwing a three-hitter as the Aces won 2-1. The Loggers had runners on second and third when an Aces’ outfielder made a diving catch to end the game.
Craig Spencer of South Tahoe and former South Lake Tahoe player Kevin Schlange doubled for the Loggers.
The Loggers opened the tournament with three straight victories.
A.J. Russo, South Tahoe’s senior catcher, went 4 for 4, including a pair of doubles, and four RBIs in the Loggers’ 9-6 triumph over Alameda. Chad Walling picked up the win with one-hit work over three innings. He also struck out five and went 2 for 3 at the plate.
McDermott picked up the save by retiring three batters on 12 pitches. All three went down on strikes.
In game two, McKinnon was 2 for 2 with two runs scored and two RBIs as the Loggers downed the Aces 7-5. Maes was credited with the victory, striking out six and allowing four hits in 5 1/3 innings. Russo chipped in a hit and RBI.
Sierra Tahoe stopped the Reno Tribe 5-2 in game three behind Russo’s two hits and two runs and Bently’s five-hit pitching for five innings. Ryan Lane of North Tahoe secured the victory with six strikeouts.
The Loggers include players from seven area high schools. They will play every weekend, including five tournaments, through Thanksgiving.
Next up for the Loggers is a pair of doubleheaders this weekend at Nevada City.
The Loggers also have a team of 12- through 16-year-olds who will play a doubleheader against Douglas on Saturday and Sunday at Robert Lee Fields outside of Carson City.