It’s all the South Tahoe baseball team needs to clinch a bid in the Northern Division I-A regional tournament next week in South Lake Tahoe.
On Friday, the Vikings quest took a bit of a hit with a 12-2 loss to Fallon. South Tahoe, though, has two chances to clinch its berth today with a doubleheader against the Greenwave. Game one starts at 11 a.m. and the second game begins 30 minutes after.
“I think we were a little bit slow coming out of the gate,” South Tahoe coach Starbuck Teevan said. “We had some opportunities, but didn’t take advantage of them.”
The Vikings were shorthanded as two of their best players — Dominic Diana and Liam Loftis — were suspended for Friday’s game. Diana will return today, but Loftis will not return to the team, Teevan said.
Diana leads the Northern DI-A in average (.562) and RBIs (47), on-base percentage (.629) and has a .797 slugging percentage.
Lofits, the Vikings’ ace, sports a 4.29 ERA with a 5-4 record and 30 strikeouts.
“It’s been a tough week for us because we lost two of our best players due to suspension,” Teevan said. “It’s not an excuse. We need to compete better if we expect to win one game this series. “
South Tahoe’s fate not only rests on the outcome of this series, but also the outcome between Lowry against Spring Creek and Truckee versus Fernley.
If Fallon, Lowry and Fernley all sweep, the Vikings and Fernley would miss the playoffs due to the tiebreaker. Lowry and Spring Creek would be the Nos. 3 and 4 seeds, respectively.
As for the game, Fallon jumped all over South Tahoe early as the Wave pushed two runs across in the second inning and exploded for five runs in the third for a 7-0 lead.
Lady Vikings stumble
The South Tahoe softball team fell short in the first game of a three-game series against Fallon on Friday.
The Lady Wave dropped the Vikings, 8-0, for a Northern Division I-A victory. Fallon pitcher Rileigh Ricken picked up the win and Megan McCormick added a two-run home run to give Fallon its fourth consecutive win.
It was a rough outing for the South Tahoe offense as the Vikings managed just one hit, a single by Hannah Neiger in the second inning.
“What it comes down to is we have one inning where we have an error or two and it collects,” South Tahoe coach Shawna Mayo said. “My pitcher (Kendra Conrad) has been struggling because she hasn’t been hitting the corners on the plate. It makes it hard when you have to serve up meatballs down the middle of the plate.”
The teams meet today for a doubleheader, which starts at 11 a.m.