Some days things just don’t go your way.
That described Saturday for the South Tahoe baseball team.
The Vikings had fielding miscues all day, including 13 errors in the second game, as they dropped a doubleheader (7-4 and 15-6) to Fernley.
“It was very, very uncharacteristic,” said South Tahoe coach Starbuck Teevan about the errors. “That was probably the sloppiest defensive game we have had in my three years here.”
In the opener, Fernley got on the board with two runs in the first inning.
Erik Wilson started the game with a walk. He advanced to second on Carlos McIntyre’s bunt single. Wilson went to third on a fly ball to centerfield. Wilson would score on Kyle Bryce’s bunt single.
The Vikings were unable to get an out during the play as starting pitcher Dakota Lynch threw to second to try to force McIntyre at second, but McIntyre beat the throw. Fernley would add a second run on a sacrifice fly. The Vikings allowed two runs on two bunt singles and two walks in the first.
River Quinn would get the Vikings on the board in the second inning when he doubled and then scored on Aaron Pfister’s single.
Bryce would homer in the third inning to push the Vaqueros lead back to two (3-1).
Fernley ran the lead to 4-1 in the fourth inning when Austin Crago doubled to lead off the inning. Crago went to third on a sacrifice bunt and would score on a throwing error.
The Vikings would tie the game in the fifth when six straight hitters would reach base to start the inning.
Lynch walked to start the inning. Kolby Eymann singled and Sergio Burgueno had a bunt single. RJ Rivera was hit-by-pitch to force Lynch home. Quinn then squared to bunt, but pulled the bat back and slapped one through the infield scoring Kymann and Burgueno to tie the game.
Fernley would bounce back in the top of the sixth. Crago singled on a hard ground ball past third base to lead of the inning. He scored the eventual winning-run on Wilson’s double.
Fernley added two insurance runs on Crago’s double in the seventh to seal the game.
Quinn had two hits and two RBIs for the Vikings. Pfister had also had two hits.
Lynch allowed seven runs on nine hits. He struck out three and allowed four walks.
“Our pitchers battled,” Teevan said. “They did what they needed to do — throw groundballs.”
For Fernley, Kevin Montgomery allowed four runs on eight hits, he struck out five but walked seven. McIntyre would pick up the save going 1.2 innings with a strike out.
In the nightcap, the Vikings would jump out to a 5-0 lead after the first inning. Brice, who started for Fernley, had control problems early. He walked three and hit one before Rivera made it 3-0 when he drove in two on a slap single.
Fernley would bat around to tie the game in the top of the second. Brice homered, but the Vaqueros took advantage of Viking errors.
Fernley made it 10-5 on only one hit as they chased Viking starter Garrett Harley from the game in the third inning. South Tahoe committed four errors in the inning.
Fernley ran the lead to 13-5 on just two hits in the fifth inning. The Vaqueros added two more in the seventh.
The Vikings had nine hits in the contest, led by Rivera’s three singles that plated three. Quinn also had three hits.
“I think kids start to press a bit when they get behind,” Teevan said, adding that when the defense struggles it often leads to pressing at the plate.
South Tahoe won Friday’s game to push the Vikings’ record to 11-5 in league and 12-9 overall. The Vikings play Truckee at 4 p.m. Monday at Aces Ballpark before having the rest of the week off.
Teevan said the rest will help the players. He also said a lot of defensive drills would fill the practices.