Vikings steal win from Sahlberg
Sun News Service
SOUTH LAKE TAHOE ” The Truckee High baseball team played a solid game for six and one-third innings Monday.
But the Wolverines could not record the final two outs, and the 4A South Tahoe Vikings scored four runs in the bottom of the seventh to post a 7-6 comeback victory.
The Wolverines went up 2-0 in the first inning when Jason Chapman scored off Scott Decker’s single and then Decker scored off an error to make it 2-0. Truckee extended its lead to 4-0 in the third following Keven Sahlberg’s two-run double, and Chapman’s RBI single in the fourth put the Wolverines up 5-1.
The Vikings (6-20) finally got on the scoreboard in the bottom of the third, when Buck Pershing’s sac fly scored Blaine Inglis, who doubled and scored from second base. The big offensive boost came in the fifth, when Chris Diana belted a first-pitch, two-run homer over the left field fence to close the gap to 5-3.
“He just gave it to me … high and inside where I like it,” Diana said about his first homer as a varsity player. “We’ve had a lot of games like this so knew we could come back.”
Zach Kropf replaced STHS starter Pershing in the fourth, and he turned in a sparkling performance in relief. Other than Chapman’s triple in the seventh, he shut down the Wolverines, striking out four batters and walking only one in four innings of work.
Kropf’s steady pitching allowed the Vikings to get back in the game. Although a South Tahoe error in the top of the seventh allowed Truckee to go up 6-3, the Vikings negated that play in the bottom of the seventh.
Stephen Yarrow drew a walk to start the inning, then Bo Hallam singled to put runners on the corners. David Schue hit into a fielder’s choice, but Yarrow was able to score on the play.
Diana and Kevin Yelles both drew walks as South Tahoe trailed 6-4 with one out and the bases loaded. Truckee starter Sahlberg was replaced by Ben Tonon, a move that backfired on the Wolverines.
Tonon’s first three pitches resulted in hitting both Ian Rice and Inglis to tie the game at 6-6 and keeping the bases loaded. Pershing’s second sac fly of the game resulted in the game-winning run as Yelles trotted across the plate, giving the Vikings their first home win of the season.
The Wolverines beat Portola 29-3 in a non-league game last Saturday. Jason Chapman was 3 for 3 with a grand slam and a double; John DePew (called up from JV) 1 for 3 with a double; Keven Sahlberg 3 for 5 with two triples; John Hooper 4 for 6; Ben Tonon 3 for 3 with two triples and a double; Paco Ruiz 2 for 3; Brendan Driscoll 1 for 3; and Trevor Allen (up from JV) 2 for 2.
The Wolverines are 7-7 in league and are guaranteed a playoff spot if they win one of two games against North Tahoe this Saturday.
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