Vikings crush Elko nine |

Vikings crush Elko nine

Matt O'Neill

A long bus trip across the state did wonders for the bats of the South Tahoe High baseball team.

The Vikings rebounded from a weekend of disappointment as their scorching bats exploded for 15 runs to pound the Elko Indians for the team’s first league win of the season, 15-0.

Again it was the flame-throwing Ryan Cullen on the mound for the Vikings and the right-hander struck out nine, while giving only two hits and one walk.

From the plate, South Tahoe destroyed the Elko pitching, but it was the second inning where the Vikings really put the hurt on the home team.

Jarred Uppendahl led off with a single and scored on a double by Mack Christiansen. Cullen and Mike Hennessy singled to load the sacks for sophomore Brandon Tinlin, who drove them all in with a Gettysburg Address as all four runners scored.

“We got it all back in one game,” Viking manager Doug Russell said. “Hopefully, we’ll still have more left as well.”

In the fifth inning, the Vikings added six more with the big blast coming from a three-run jack off the bat of Cory Poulen.

“What our lineup did today showed that we can hit the ball at any position,” Russell said.

The Vikings take their hot bats into a doubleheader on Saturday against the Reno Huskies in Reno.

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