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Tahoe losses final home game

Steve Yingling

About the only ingredients missing from the Tahoe Emeralds’ home finale Friday was pitching and consequently, a victory.

The Emeralds pounded out 12 runs, but the Nevada Yankees escaped with a 16-12 triumph at Todd C. Fields.

Tahoe starting pitcher Kyle Tolotti, a Galena High product, had the most success against the Yankees, surrendering five runs in four-plus innings work. South Tahoe High graduates Michael Traum and Matt Tillson closed out the Emeralds’ pitching duties.

The Emeralds were without three regulars, including South Tahoe High graduate Mike Griffis (dislocated shoulder) and Whittell High graduate Aaron Wicklund (bruised spleen and kidney).

“Nevada didn’t have their full team either, but it was a battle. They threw three (NCAA) Division I pitchers at us,” said Tahoe manager Gary Shidaker.

Nevada broke a scoreless tie with three runs in the top of the third inning, but Tahoe’s K.J. Cameron cracked a two-run homer during a game-tying three-run rally in the bottom of the inning.

The Yankees kept the pressure on, scoring two in the fourth inning and one in the fifth. But Tahoe battled back with three in the fifth to forge a 6-6 tie.

However, the Yankees took control with a five-run sixth inning. Tahoe didn’t surrender, scoring three times in the sixth to pull within 11-9.

The Yankees seemingly had things under control after taking a 16-10 advantage in the ninth, but the Emeralds scored twice and had the bases loaded with two outs and leading-hitter Brian Tolotti at the plate. But the Galena High graduate, who is bound for Marshall University, struck out.

Brian Tolotti finished 4 for 6 to lead a sizzling Tahoe hitting attack. Jimmie Woods chipped in three hits while Cameron, Shidaker and Starbuck Teevan contributed two hits. Cameron and Teevan crossed the plate three times.

The Emeralds, who lead the Casey Stengel League in Reno with an 11-0 mark, will field a team for next weekend’s U.S. Open tournament at Lame Park in Gardnerville. Tahoe opens play against the Sacramento Athletics at 9 p.m. Friday and continues round-robin play against the Oakland Outlaws at 4 p.m. Saturday ant the Citrus Heights Aces at noon Sunday.

Each of the four division winners advance to the tournament semifinals Aug. 17 at Lampe Park. The championship is also scheduled for Aug. 17.

“I’m going in with a good team, but we’ve been pretty banged up. We should be ready to roll,” Shidaker said.


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