South Tahoe baseball knocks out No. 2 seed before being ousted at regionals
SOUTH LAKE TAHOE, Calif. — The South Tahoe baseball team was able to spoil a top seed’s season before its year came to an end in the playoffs.
The Vikings earned the fifth seed in the six-team double-elimination tournament and earned one victory before losing its second game and getting knocked out of the Nevada Interscholastic Activities Association Class 3A Northern League Baseball Championships at Elko High School.
South Tahoe faced No. 4 Elko at 9 a.m. Thursday, May 9, in the first game of the tournament.
The Vikings fell 7-5 and had the rest of the day off until 9 a.m. Friday when they faced, and pummeled, No. 2 Spring Creek 7-1. The second seed lost both games it played by a combined score of 17-2.
In the playoff opener, South Tahoe had a double from Jaden Aquino and five singles from Aaron Johnson, Andrew Lehmann, Cameron Johnson, Connor Long and Kevin Lehmann.
South Tahoe starting pitcher Travis Lee (3-2) suffered the loss.
Against Spring Creek, the Vikings had just four hits but drew 11 walks, including three by Aaron Johnson.
Long doubled and Lee, Vasser and Kevin Lehmann each singled.
Kevin Lehmann (6-3) was dominant on the mound. The senior hurled a complete game four-hitter and didn’t allow a walk or an earned run while striking out two.
South Tahoe (17-13) got a rematch against Elko that afternoon and again lost by two runs, 5-3. The Vikings lost four out of five games this year to Elko.
Cameron Johnson ended his stellar career by singling twice and driving in two runs.
South Tahoe collected just 15 hits in the three games.