Truckee baseball blows lead at South Tahoe
Sun News Service
When South Tahoe posted one of its biggest wins in coach Matt Tillson’s four years with the program last Saturday against Douglas, Tillson figured there was a chance for a letdown in his team’s next game.
The Truckee Wolverines nearly took advantage as they led most of the way before Max DeLallo’s three-run double in the bottom of the sixth propelled the 4A Vikings to a 10-7 nonleague win on Tuesday at Todd Fields.
South Tahoe improved to 10-19 overall and Truckee fell to 15-15.
“We should have won,” said Truckee head coach Mike Ellis. “We were ahead the whole game. (Junior pitcher Scott) Mathot threw really good.”
Tillson wasn’t thrilled with his team’s effort, either.
“Our guys must have thought our record is 22-1 or something,” the coach said. “This game showed that we can’t just show up and win. Truckee is a good ball club, and we didn’t face any of their three aces. If we had, it might have been a different outcome the way we played.”
After South Tahoe went up 2-0 in bottom of the first on Kyle DiGrande’s two-run single, Truckee responded in the second, scoring three runs on no hits to go up 3-2. One of the top teams in the Northern 3A with a 9-6 league record, the Wolverines increased their lead to 6-3 before the Vikings woke up.
Jason Winslow’s two-run single in the bottom of the fifth scored both Gary Prescott and Willy Ervin, who was pinch running for Ivan Trebotich after he and Prescott doubled to start the inning. DiGrande walked and eventually scored on a wild pitch, then Otto Trebotich pushed Winslow across with his sacrifice fly, giving South Tahoe a 7-6 advantage.
In the sixth, Truckee senior Trevor Allen scored on a Mike MacNamara groundout to tie it at 7, but it stranded John DePew on second base as Matt Marsh forced Pablo Esquivel to ground out to end the inning.
Esquivel went 1 for 4, while Justin Vosburgh led the Wolverines by going 1 for 3 with two RBIs. Allen was 1 for 1, Keven Sahlberg 1 for 2 and DePew 1 for 1.
In a game in which South Tahoe’s 6-9 hitters combined for eight of the team’s nine RBIs, nobody was more clutch than DeLallo. With two outs and the bases loaded, the No. 8 hitter stepped up to the plate and ripped a three-run double over shortstop for the game-winning hit.
“Whenever the game is on the line, you always get a little nervous,” DeLallo said. “I was just looking for a first-pitch fast ball, and that’s what I got. I think we took them way too lightly and quickly realized that was a mistake. By the end of the game, we were playing better.”
Mathot pitched the first four innings for Truckee. Michael Taylor came in for an inning and one-third and Myles Allen closed.
The Vikings recorded 12 hits to the Wolverines’ five, while Truckee was 7-of-8 in the stolen base department.
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