South Tahoe JV baseball sweeps Lowry in tight series |

South Tahoe JV baseball sweeps Lowry in tight series

Anthony Gentile
South Tahoe’s Bryce Curtis stretches to tag out Lowry’s Kyle Young in a rundown between third and home in the JV Vikings’ 8-7 win over the Buckaroos on Saturday at Todd Fields Park.
Anthony Gentile / Tahoe Daily Tribune |

SOUTH LAKE TAHOE — The South Tahoe JV baseball team played a tight series against Lowry last weekend at Todd Fields Park — and managed to take all three closely contested contests. The Vikings swept the Buckaroos in a series that included a pair of one-run contests.

In a back-and-forth series opener last Friday, South Tahoe (11-4, 9-2 I-A Northern) won in walk-off fashion. The Vikings broke a tie with a run in the bottom of the seventh inning to prevail 8-7.

The Vikings trailed 2-0 after the top of the second, but scored seven straight runs over the next three frames to take a five-run lead. Lowry (4-7, 3-6) answered with five runs in the next half-inning, and the score remained 7-7 until the seventh.

Andru Aquino threw a complete game for South Tahoe in Friday’s win, allowing six earned runs on four hits over seven innings. The junior struck out eight and walked two — at the plate he went 2-for-3 with a team-high two RBIs and two runs.

Matt Cain, Bryin Schouten and Cameron McCarthy each finished 2-for-3 in the series opener — Cain had an RBI and a run and Schouten added a run. Evan Brewer had two RBIs while Quentin Marullo and Ben Bushrow each added an RBI and run.

In the first game of Saturday’s doubleheader, South Tahoe jumped out to an early lead and held off the Buckaroos for a second straight 8-7 win. The Vikings led 7-2 after three innings, and had a two-run lead headed into the seventh — Lowry scored a run in the top of the seventh, but couldn’t complete the comeback.

Chris Pfister threw six innings in the win, allowing five earned runs on five hits while striking out five and walking three. Brewer took the hill in the seventh and notched his first save of the season, allowing a run on two hits while striking out two.

Offensively, Schouten went 2-for-4 with three RBIs and a run and Marullo finished 2-for-3 with a double. Bushrow had a hit and an RBI, Cain finished with a hit and two runs, Tristan Deatherage added a hit and a run and Pfister was 1-for-2.

In the second game of the twinbill, the Vikings completed the sweep with a 9-6 victory. South Tahoe rallied from a pair of deficits in the win — including climbing out of a 4-0 hole.

The Vikings trailed by four runs after the top of the first, but rallied with to tie the game in the next half-inning. Lowry retook the lead with a pair of runs in the top of the third — in the fifth and sixth innings, South Tahoe combined for five runs to jump back in front for good.

Marullo picked up the win by throwing five scoreless frames in relief. After taking over for Brewer in the third inning, the freshman scattered two hits while striking out six and walking none.

Cain had a team-high two hits in the win, finishing 2-for-3 with two RBIs and two runs. Brewer went 1-for-2 with two RBIs and Bushrow finished with a hit and an RBI — Cameron Milam and Tyler Wattanachinda each added a hit and two runs.

Earlier last week, South Tahoe lost at Dayton 6-5 in its first midweek game of the season. That defeat snapped a four-game winning streak, which included a sweep of Truckee on the road in a doubleheader March 28.

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