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South Tahoe baseball downs Dayton 14-3, notches 13th win in last 14 games

Anthony Gentile

Div. I-A Northern League Standings

Team League Overall

Elko 13-4 16-6

South Tahoe 13-4 15-7

Fallon 11-3 11-8

Spring Creek 9-5 12-6

Sparks 8-8 12-8

Fernley 7-7 10-8

Dayton 3-11 3-11

Lowry 3-12 5-14

Truckee 0-14 1-17

*Records through Thursday

SOUTH LAKE TAHOE — The South Tahoe baseball team is rolling headed into its biggest break of the 2015 season. The Vikings beat Dayton 14-3 in five innings at Todd Fields Park Tuesday, rallying from an early deficit for a 13th win in their last 14 games.

South Tahoe (15-7, 13-4 I-A Northern) fell behind 2-0 in the top of the first inning Tuesday, but scored three runs in the next half-inning to take the lead. Both teams were tied 3-3 in the second when the Vikings broke the game open, scoring 11 unanswered runs en route to their second win over Dayton (3-11) this season.

The Vikings pounded the Dust Devils for 15 hits in Tuesday’s win, led by Kolby Eymann’s team-high four hits. The senior finished 4-for-4 with two triples, an RBI and a run — he leads the team with four triples on the season.

“We hit one ball hard after another — everybody in the lineup hit the ball hard,” Vikings head coach Starbuck Teevan said.

Four STHS players collected two hits apiece against Dayton. Will Mori went 2-for-3 with a team-high four RBIs and two runs, Paul Hoefer was 2-for-2 with two RBIs and two runs to raise his team-high batting average to .478, Justin Cain finished 2-for-3 with a double, two RBIs and two runs, and Dakota Lynch went 2-for-4 with two RBIs and two runs.

Starter Garret Harley (W, 5-2) threw all five innings for South Tahoe in the win, allowing three earned runs on eight hits. The right-hander finished with seven strikeouts and no walks, and gave up only one run after the first inning.

“Garret was struggling a little bit with his curveball early, but after the first inning he got in a groove, threw a lot of strikes and got us off the field really quickly,” Teevan said. “Once Garret established his curveball and his change-up, it kept them off balance.”

In the teams’ first meeting on March 31, South Tahoe rallied from a pair of deficits and threw three pitchers in 10-7 win. The second round between the Vikings and Dust Devils was a more straightforward victory, largely because STHS didn’t need to worry about saving its pitchers’ arms for an upcoming weekend series.

South Tahoe is currently tied for first atop Div. I-A Northern League with Elko (16-6, 13-4) — both teams are a half-game ahead of third-place Fallon (11-8, 11-3). The Vikings enter a 10-day break between games on a five-game winning streak, and have a 13-1 record since being swept by the Indians to open league play.

“We’re just going to try to rest our guys and rest our arms — we have some guys with sore arms and nagging injuries,” Teevan said. “We’re not going to work them really hard, but we’ll try to stay sharp.”

The Vikings are holding their annual alumni game Saturday at 1 p.m., and return to action next Friday, April 24 when they begin a three-game series against Spring Creek. South Tahoe has six of its last seven regular season games at home — the only one off the hill is a neutral site game against Dayton at Aces Ballpark on April 28.

“We’ve definitely put ourselves in a good position headed into the last seven games. Spring Creek is tough and so is Fallon — it will be a good measuring stick for us against those two teams,” Teevan said. “The toughest test is still ahead and we’re looking forward to the challenge.

“Luckily everything is at home — it will be nice and comforting to play in our home in front of our fans and not have to travel.”

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