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Vikings sharp on tourney’s first day

Jeremy Evans
Dan Thrift/Tahoe Daily Tribune STHS's Zach Kropf delivers against Virginia City on Thursday in Carson City.
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CARSON CITY – On a day that was much better suited for winter sports than spring sports, the South Tahoe High baseball team appeared as sharp as coach Matt Tillson could’ve hoped for on opening day.

The Vikings split their two games on Thursday at the Carson High Preseason Baseball Tournament, highlighted by an 11-0 victory over 1A Virginia City in their first game. Carson beat South Tahoe 12-4 in the Vikings’ second game.

“Overall, I was pleased with our performance today,” said Tillson, whose team had to negotiate freezing temperatures and 30 mph winds at Ron McNutt Field. “We hung with Carson for a while, then they kind of took control. Against Virginia City, I know they are a small school so I don’t want us to get too high and mighty because of that one.”

Against the Muckers, Zach Kropf pitched a perfect game, striking out four batters in just three innings of work after the game was called because of the mercy rule. Kropf only threw 33 pitches.

Meanwhile, South Tahoe roughed up starter Sam Turman for seven hits and nine earned runs. Jamie Moore went 2 for 2 with two doubles, including an RBI double in the second inning that put the Vikings up 8-0. Ivan Trebotich followed with an RBI single of his own before Ian Rice belted a two-run double to finish the scoring.

The Vikings jumped out to a big lead after scoring six runs in the first inning, aided by a wild pitch and a balk. Buck Pershing, Kevin Yelles and David Schue all had an RBI in the victory, while Stephen Yarrow led off the second inning with a triple.

Against Carson, it was an entirely different story.

South Tahoe scored three runs in the top of the first, only to see the Senators tie it up at 3 in the bottom half of the inning. The Vikings scored another run in the second but watched Carson score six runs in the bottom of the second and take control of the game.

Bo Hallam and Jason Winslow each logged several decent innings on the mound for South Tahoe in the loss. One of Pershing’s two hits against the Senators was a two-run double in the first inning.

“I think it takes some time to get accustomed to that level,” Kropf said of the Carson game. “Coming off that Virginia City win, I don’t know if our intensity was at our fullest. I think if we come to play, we can definitely beat the teams in our league.”

South Tahoe continues tournament play Friday night at 7 against 3A Spring Creek. The Vikings play Spring Creek again on Saturday and face 2A Lovelock later in the day. South Tahoe finishes the tournament on Monday night against Carson at 7 p.m.

“We’re still getting used to each other,” said Hallam, who had a single in the Virginia City win. “It’s just the little things. It was that one inning (against Carson). If we can take away that one inning, we’re right there.”


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