Tigers turn Todd Fields in a launching pad
Anything and everything the South Tahoe High pitchers threw Tuesday afternoon the Douglas Tigers hit as the Vikings fell to the boys from Minden, 18-3, in Nevada 4A baseball action at Todd Fields.
The second inning was the Vikings’ undoing as the Tigers chased STHS starting hurler Mike Hennessy with a 10-run output.
“They mashed the ball today,” Viking manager Doug Russell said. “They did more right than we did wrong.
“Their hitters put on an absolute clinic today.”
All of Douglas’ hits were stung as four consecutive Tigers combined for a cycle. Ryan Haltom jump-started the Tiger offense with one out in the inning with a long jimmyjack to right center field. Shane Cawley followed with a triple and Adam Sheldon drove him in with a double and later scored on an Eric Olson single.
The onslaught continued for the Tigers as Tommy Hoyle roped a three bagger to drive in Olson before scoring on a double by Jordan Ovard. Andrew Andrews added a single as the next three batters all reached base before Haltom added another double to drive in another run, giving him two runs batted in for the inning.
Russell lifted Hennessy during the inning for Jared Uppendahl in hopes of slowing the Douglas offensive machine.
“We just didn’t bring our A game today,” South Tahoe first baseman/outfielder Royce Reardon said. “We didn’t come out with the right attitude and they did.”
While Uppendahl got out of the inning with the Vikings down 10-1, Douglas picked up where they left off in the third.
Scoring seven more runs, the Tigers took a commanding 17-1 lead. Ovard singled with one out and Andrews reached base to put two on for Johnny Mannelly, who put one over the center-field wall for a three-run bomb.
Austin Graham followed with a single and Haltom was issued a free pass before Cawley crushed the Tigers’ second three-run homer of the inning.
Sophomore Brandon Tinlin came on in relief, but the Tigers scored another run before the Vikings were able to get out of the inning.
“We’re not deep enough to handle every move we needed to make out there today,” Russell said.
One of the only bright spots for the Vikings on the afternoon was Reardon’s monster home run in the fourth inning.
Robert Spees, hitting in place of John Capitani, laced a single down the third baseline to open the inning.
One out later, Reardon crushed a ball to the deepest part of the yard, clearing the fence by a good 10 to 15 feet.
“It was a fastball just a little outside,” Reardon said.
“I changed my stance a little bit after my previous at bat because I wanted to hit it out.”
The other bright spot was the two-inning relief work of senior Matt Connelly. Typically a shortstop, Connelly came in and closed out the game without surrendering a run.
South Tahoe got on the board first in the bottom of the first when Mack Christenson led off with a walk and scored on a single by Toby O’Brien.
The Vikings welcome Galena on Thursday to Todd Fields at 3:30 p.m.
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