Vikings ace Wolverines
RENO — The South Tahoe baseball team was looking to redeem itself after Saturday’s performance.
The Vikings delivered and beat Truckee, 7-5, in a game played at Aces Ballpark, home of the Arizona Diamondbacks minor league franchise, Reno Aces. This is the fourth time the two teams have faced each other for a regular season game at Aces Ballpark since 2010.
“I thought, after this weekend, it was a great turnaround for us,” said head coach Starbuck Teevan. “We played really good defense, which is exactly what we need to do.”
The Vikings got on the board first with two runs in the first inning then Truckee answered back with one.
South Tahoe added three more in the third and two in the sixth as starting pitcher Garret Harley kept the Wolverines bats quiet through the fifth inning.
“Garret Harley — our freshman— threw a great game, got us into the sixth inning,” Teevan said. “(Harley) came out because he had some blisters on his fingers — on his pitching hand — so we thought it was a good idea to get him out, give (Truckee) a change of speed and bring in Sergio (Burgueno).”
Burgueno came in at the start of the sixth inning and gave up two runs. Liam Loftis replaced Burgueno and gave up another two runs, but the Wolverines we unable to rally as Loftis recorded a save.
“Although it was a little tight at the end, I thought that we were pretty much in control of the game the whole time,” Teevan said.
Burgueno had two hits on the day with two RBIs. Loftis added three hits and an RBI. RJ Rivera also went 3-for-4 with an RBI.
Junior River Quinn went 2-for3 with two doubles and an RBI and senior Dominic Diana was 2-for-4 with a double and two RBIs.
On Saturday, the Vikings had fielding miscues all day, including 13 errors in the second game, as they dropped a doubleheader (7-4 and 15-6) to Fernley.
In the opener, Fernley got on the board with two runs in the first inning. Quinn would get the Vikings on the board in the second inning when he doubled and then scored on Aaron Pfister’s single.
Fernley would homer in the third inning to push the Vaqueros lead to 3-1.
The Vikings would tie the game in the fifth when six straight hitters would reach base to start the inning.
Fernley would bounce back in the top of the sixth with a single on a hard ground ball past third to lead off the inning.
Fernley added two insurance runs on a double in the seventh to seal the game.
Quinn had two hits and two RBIs for the Vikings. Pfister had also had two hits.
Starting pitcher Dakota Lynch allowed seven runs on nine hits. He struck out three and allowed four walks.
In the nightcap, the Vikings would jump out to a 5-0 lead after the first inning.
Fernley would bat around to tie the game in the top of the second as 13 errors would hurt the Vikings.
Fernley made it 10-5 on only one hit as they chased Viking starter Harley from the game in the third inning. South Tahoe committed four errors in the inning.
Fernley ran the lead to 13-5 on just two hits in the fifth inning. The Vaqueros added two more in the seventh.
The Vikings had nine hits in the contest, led by Rivera’s three singles that plated three. Quinn also had three hits.
South Tahoe won Friday’s game avoiding a sweep.
“The difference (on Monday) is we made all the routing plays. Saturday we made a ton of defensive errors and it let to a lot of unearned runs and (Monday) we made all the plays that we were supposed to make,” said Teevan.
The Vikings record now stands at 12-5 in league and 13-9 overall. The team has the rest of the week off with an alumni game on Saturday at 1 p.m. at the home field.
The Vikings are back in action next week as they travel to Dayton on Tuesday.
Tahoe Daily Tribune editor Adam Trumble contributed to this report.