SOUTH LAKE TAHOE, Calif. — Tommy Dolan was one of the toughest pitchers the Vikings had seen all season.
The hard-throwing right-hander from Incline knew how to get ahead in the count, but South Tahoe’s offense was prepared for that.
“We really try to focus on getting the ball in play, especially with two strikes, and putting the pressure on the other team,” said South Tahoe coach Starbuck Teevan. “You’ve got to get the ball in play.”
Which is exactly how South Tahoe (6-6) won its Mount Rose League doubleheader against Incline (9-6-1) on Saturday. The Vikings’ bats were making contact. Add in a few fielding miscues from a young Incline team, and South Tahoe walked away with an 11-1 win in Game 1 and a 15-3 win in Game 2.
“We had a few errors on defense and it opened it up for them, which had kind of been our problem all season and we’re trying to fight through that,” said Incline coach Jeff Clouthier.
The first game started as a pitchers’ dual — Dolan versus South Tahoe ace Tyler Sharp.
Dolan came out strong. He carried a 23-pitch count into the third inning, but fielding errors in the third and fourth resulted in a 37-pitch inning.
“They had a tough pitcher, probably one of the better guys we faced this season,” Teevan said.
Sharp, meanwhile, finished strong for the Vikings.
The right-hander shortened his stride and settled down to toss a five-pitch fourth inning. He tossed six innings for the win, striking out six and giving up one run.
The Vikings took a one-run lead into the third when River Quinn belted a leadoff double to left field, and worked his way home on a past ball and error.
The Vikings continued to put the pressure on Incline’s defense in the fourth and lengthened their lead to 3-0. Jordan Mann and Kolby Eymann blew up Dolan’s pitch count with 13-pitch at bats, and Quinn stepped up next to rip an RBI double again.
Incline’s Tommy Thompson took the mound in the fifth, but South Tahoe’s bats were plenty warmed up by then.
Almost everyone contributed to back-to-back four-run innings in the fifth and sixth, highlighted by a two-run triple from Dominic Diana that ended the game in mercy.
In Game 2, starter Cody Higgins kept South Tahoe’s momentum rolling. He threw five innings and gave up three runs, two earned, and struck out seven.
The Highlanders managed six hits, with Dolan going 2-for-3 with all three RBIs, and Cam Powell, Thompson, Masxsimo Battel and Jack Clouthier each contributing one hit.