Wicklund leaves deep impression in final game with Emeralds
Aaron Wicklund made his final summer appearance in an Emeralds uniform a memorable one.
The Centenary College senior hit two home runs, including a grand slam, as Tahoe lost an 18-11 semipro baseball decision to Hollister, Calif., on Sunday at Todd Fields.
“Hopefully, it’s his last game ever or for 20 years for the Emeralds. Hopefully, something will happen for him (professionally) and if he plays like he did in this last game, it will happen,” said Emeralds manager Gary Shidaker.
Trailing 10-0, Wicklund led off the third inning with a bomb off the scoreboard beyond the center field fence. The George Whittell High graduate also gave the ball a long ride in the fifth inning when his grand slam nearly cleared the South Tahoe Middle School gym past the right-field fence.
“It was hit nearly as high as it was far, and there’s probably a nice dent on that roof,” Shidaker said.
Wicklund finished 3 for 4 with three runs scored and six RBIs.
The game ended after seven innings because of a rain deluge.
Hollister swept the four-game series, dropping the Emeralds’ season mark to 22-14.
The Emeralds lost the opener, 18-16, on Friday night when Hollister scored 10 runs in the ninth to tie the score and then won it with two in the 10th.
“It was ugly. I had guys in there that would only play in a mop-up role generally,” Shidaker said.
Adding insult to injury was Tahoe’s 10th inning at the plate: three strikeouts.
On a positive note, South Tahoe High graduate Chris Barna went 4 for 6 and scored three runs. Kevin Mitchell’s brother, Tommy, smacked a two-run homer and Matt Konopisos added a solo shot.
On Saturday, Hollister swept a doubleheader, 5-1 and 14-12. The Emeralds scored only one run in the opener, despite collecting 10 hits. Wicklund doubled and Matt Stucker went 4 for 4.
In game two, Tahoe scored in every inning but one but couldn’t overcome an 11-2 second-inning deficit.
Konopisos and former Reno Chukars hitting instructor Jason Mears belted homers. Chris Hannum, a 15-year-old South Tahoe Babe Ruth All-Star had a pinch-hit single and made three “nice” plays in left field.
Tahoe plays host to the Nevada Yankees tonight at 7. The Yankees have won three of four games from Tahoe this summer.
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