South Tahoe baseball takes two of three at Lowry
South Tahoe (11-7, 9-4) at Fernley (10-5, 6-4)
Friday 3 p.m., Saturday 11 a.m. (DH)
WINNEMUCCA, Nev. — The South Tahoe baseball team had its winning streak end shy of double digits on the road last weekend — but still managed to take its third straight series. The Vikings won two of three at Lowry to stay in the mix atop the crowded Div. I-A Northern League standings.
“I was happy with winning the series, but we definitely wish we could have won that second game,” Vikings head coach Starbuck Teevan said. “We’re all bunched up in the standings and we could have really used that other win.”
South Tahoe (11-7, 9-4 I-A Northern) jumped on the Buckaroos early in Friday’s series opener en route to an 11-6 win. The Vikings scored seven runs in the first two innings and had an 11-0 lead before Lowry (5-11, 3-9) produced six runs in the sixth.
Garret Harley (W, 3-2) scattered two hits and struck out five in six scoreless innings — Lowry did all its scoring against a pair of South Tahoe relievers in the seventh. Aaron Pfister had a team-high three hits in the win, finishing 3-for-4 with an RBI and three runs — six Vikings had two hits apiece in the series opener.
“Garret threw a great game — he threw nothing but strikes and kept them off-balance for the whole game,” Teevan said.
In the first game of Saturday’s doubleheader, offensive woes brought South Tahoe’s winning streak to an end. The Vikings lost to Lowry 3-2, ending a stretch of eight games without a loss.
“We struggled a little bit, and when we did hit the ball they made all the plays,” Teevan said.
Lowry opened the scoring with a run in the bottom of the first, and South Tahoe took the lead with two runs in the top of the third. The Buckaroos tied the game in the bottom of the frame and scored the go-ahead run in the bottom of the fifth — the Vikings had only three hits in the loss, their second-lowest total of the campaign.
Kolby Eymann (L, 2-3) pitched a complete game in the loss, allowing 11 hits and three runs over six innings — the senior struck out two and walked one. Offensively, Pfister and Justin Ruger each had a hit and an RBI.
South Tahoe bounced back with a 13-5 win in the second game of Saturday’s twinbill to take the series. The Vikings had 13 hits and took advantage of seven Lowry errors in the victory.
“We played really good in the first and third games — offensively we took advantage of every opportunity they gave us,” Teevan said. “They made some errors and we capitalized.”
The Vikings opened the scoring with three runs in the top of the first, and made it 4-1 in the third. South Tahoe broke the game open in the next inning, scoring six runs to take a 10-1 lead.
Dakota Lynch (W, 5-1) threw a complete game to notch his fourth win in his last four appearances, allowing three earned runs on 10 hits over seven innings. The senior struck out five and walked two.
“Dakota threw really well for us — just strikes,” Teevan said. “Whenever our pitchers throw strikes, it keeps our defense on its toes and we were able to get on and off the field quickly.”
Offensively, Paul Hoefer led the way in the series finale — the junior finished 4-for-5 with four RBIs and two runs. Will Mori had three hits and three RBIs, while Lynch and Pfister totaled three hits, three runs and an RBI apiece.
“We had contributions from throughout the lineup, which is good — sometimes your big guys struggle a little bit and we need the other guys to pick us up,” Teevan said. “They pretty much did this weekend.”
After winning two of three at Lowry, South Tahoe sits in a three-way tie for second place in the league standings with Elko and Spring Creek. Near the midway point of the league slate, only 4.5 games separate league-leading Fallon from sixth-place Sparks.
“The top seven teams are packed in there pretty good — anybody can beat anybody,” Teevan said. “There’s a lot of parity in the league — it’s good competition and there’s nobody that you can walk right over.”
For the second straight season, South Tahoe is celebrating Spring Break with a team camping trip. The Vikings are staying at Wright’s Beach Campground in Bodega Bay, Calif. along the coast through Thursday — the four-day trip includes workouts at El Molino High (Forestville, Calif.) and Sacramento City College, where Teevan played collegiately.
“We’re excited to do it again this year — it’s a really fun trip for the kids,” Teevan said. “The idea is to mess around, have some fun and re-charge — we’ve got our focus for Fernley this weekend.”
South Tahoe begins a three-game series at Fernley (10-5, 6-4) on Friday at 3 p.m. The series concludes with a doubleheader Saturday — first pitch is scheduled for 11 a.m.
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