Vikings make quick turnaround
After losing to Manogue 24-1 on Wednesday, the good news was that South Tahoe High didn’t have to wait long to pay its next baseball game.
The Vikings put the humiliating loss behind them by surprising Reed 5-2 Thursday in the Manogue tournament in Reno.
Jason Winslow pitched three-hit ball over five innings, and Otto Trebotich doubled twice for the Vikings.
“They responded to the shellacking. To come back like they did, you have to be resilient,” said STHS coach Matt Tillson.
Reed came into the game with an impressive résumé, having lost to Durango 8-7 in the finals of the recent Mike Bearman Classic.
But the Raiders had trouble figuring out Winslow, who was making his second start of the season. Winslow stymied the Raiders until the sixth when they packaged a walk, infield single, and sharp RBI single to center, trimming STHS’s lead to 5-2.
With Winslow at his 80-pitch limit, Tillson brought in reliever Kyle DiGrande. On his first pitch, a Reed batter hit a ground ball to Derek Holmgren, who turned a double play. Another groundout got the Vikings out of the inning, and Reed could only manufacture a squib hit in the seventh.
STHS scored three runs in the first inning. Trebotich hit a double and scored Kevin Yelles’ double. Gary Prescott moved Yelles to third on a groundout to the right side, and Yelles scored on Ivan Trebotich’s groundout. A Holmgren infield single and a Winslow hit to left kept the rally going. Max DeLallo ripped a first-pitch fastball to center, driving in the Vikings’ third run.
The Vikings capped their scoring with two runs in the second. DiGrande singled, stole second base and scored on Otto Trebotich’s double. Trebotich came home when his older brother, Ivan, hit a bouncing ball to short that was misplayed.
Another key to the Vikings victory was their flawless fielding. Third baseman Yelles made several sparkling plays in support of Winslow, and Holmgren was solid at second base, according to Tillson.
South Tahoe (4-3) plays Galena on Friday at 3:30 p.m. at Damonte Ranch High. The Vikings conclude the Manogue tournament on Saturday against an opponent to be determined.