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Yankees rough up Emeralds

Staff reports

The Nevada Yankees continued their domination over the Tahoe Emeralds with a 7-5 come-from-behind victory Wednesday at Lampe Park.

The win was the fourth in a row by the Yankees over their uphill neighbors.

Tahoe watched helplessly as the Yankees erased leads of three runs and two runs late in the game.

Douglas graduate Matt Wheeler pitched the final three innings to earn the victory. He struck out three, allowed one hit and walked one batter.

Steve O’Brien started the game and lasted four innings. Scottie Henricksen helped out with two innings of middle relief work.

The Emeralds built a 3-0 lead before the Yankees were able to get going with a three-run rally to tie the game in the fifth inning.

Bruce Jacobsen and Henricksen each walked to set up Brady Ovard, who singled to score Jacobsen. Wheeler then followed with a single that brought home Henricksen.

Joel Kruger added a fielder’s choice that plated Wheeler and tied the game.

Single runs by the Emeralds in the sixth and seventh innings opened a 5-3 lead

The Yankees responded with a two-out, three-run rally in the bottom of the seventh.

Scott Ovard walked, stole second base and scored on a single by Wheeler.

Graham Bartlett moved Wheeler to second with a hit-and-run single.

Matt Staub and Bryan Estes followed with back-to-back RBI singles for a 6-5 advantage.

In the eighth inning, Chris Cook picked up the final RBI with a sacrifice fly that scored O’Brien.

“They executed good, but we didn’t really hit the ball,” said Yankees manager Dennis Young, whose team finished with seven hits. “When they execute and it works, it’s real nice.”

The Yankees are 9-14 heading into a four-game weekend series in San Mateo.

Young attributed part of his club’s dwindling offensive numbers to the fact that the Yankees have been using wooden bats since early July. Some teams on the schedule this summer are requiring the use of wooden bats, Young said.

The manager added that the Yankees are already experiencing the expense of using wooden bats, which cost about $40 each. He said his players have broken four or five bats in the last 10 game.

San Francisco Giants pitcher Shawn Estes helped the team by giving his brother Bryan a half-dozen bats during the Major League Baseball All-Star break, Young said.