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South Tahoe hangs tough in 12-3 loss to Reno

Jeremy Evans
Belinda Grant/Tribune News Service Reno first baseman John Wallace tries to tag out South Tahoe's Daniel Tinlin as Tinlin safely returns to first base during a Sierra Division baseball game on Thursday at Lampe Park in Gardnerville.
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GARDNERVILLE – For the past five years, the Reno Huskies have been the measuring stick in the Sierra Division. During that same time, the South Tahoe High Vikings have been viewed as a ‘W’ on the schedule.

The Vikings think that gap was tightened on Thursday afternoon.

Aided by the steady arm of Mike Lienert and Max Marin’s three-run homer that broke the game open in the fifth inning, the Huskies posted a 12-3 win at Lampe Park. Last season, Reno 10-run ruled South Tahoe in all three meetings en route to its 4A state championship.



“I was extremely proud of our character during the game,” said first-year coach Matt Tillson. “We battled back and were never really out of the game. They didn’t expect to play seven innings today, I can guarantee you that. And they didn’t last year.”

The Huskies used five-run innings in both the second and fifth to stay in control. In the Vikings’ 13-3 loss to Sparks last week in the Carson Tournament, South Tahoe allowed all of those runs in one inning.



“We have to stay away from the crooked number innings,” Tillson said. “We have to stay away from anything that isn’t a one-run inning. We’ve had a little trouble with that the last couple of games. It’s one of those things where if we stay away from those big innings, we will win ball games.”

After Spencer Dean scored on an error in the second inning, Randy Henson scored Kyle Jones on a run-scoring single in the third to make it 6-2. South Tahoe (2-4 overall, 0-1 league) stranded players on second and third in the second inning, then left the bases loaded in the fifth. In all, it stranded nine runners on base, giving little run support for pitchers Daniel Tinlin, who threw four innings, and Jones, who pitched the final three innings.

“If we want to win, we have to get those runs in,” Tinlin said. “We can’t leave those ducks on the pond. It feels good that we can actually stay with them this year unlike last year. Hopefully we showed them something and we’ll go seven innings with them every game.”

In the fifth, Reno’s Davis Banks had an RBI double, Marin blasted a shot over the left-field wall that scored three runs, and then the Huskies pulled ahead 11-2 after scoring another run off an error. The Vikings committed five errors.

“We didn’t play our best baseball today and the kids know that,” Tillson said. “It’s the one thing we’re trying to preach to these guys is that we have to stop the bleeding. We have to pick each other up because you’re going to make errors during a game. We need someone to stop the bleeding by picking it up.”

Chris Diana and Stephen Yarrow each had two hits for the Vikings, while Nick Heng and Spencer Dean both recorded one hit. The Huskies outhit the Vikings 10-8 but only committed two errors in the game.

The same two teams meet for a 10 a.m. doubleheader on Saturday in Reno.

“These guys think they can get two wins,” Tillson said. “Of course, we’d be happy with just one. But that’s the way these kids are thinking because they know they didn’t play their best baseball.”


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