Carson completes sweep of STHS softball team
In its two wins Saturday, Carson saw a lot to be happy about, but still plenty of things to think about with a series against Bishop Manogue looming.
The Senators dropped South Tahoe, 15-5 in six innings and 14-4 in five innings, at home to complete the three-game sweep against the Vikings.
But the win was partially marred by a combined six errors and five wild pitches, two things Carson coach Scott Vickrey knows the team needs to fix before facing the Miners.
“We made some mistakes and Cassie (Vondrak) gets an opportunity to make a mistake and then recover from it,” Vickrey said. “When we see some better teams we may not have that opportunity so we’ll focus over the next three days to get a little cleaner (play).”
The win moved the Senators to 6-1 on the season and extended their win streak to five.
As evident by the scores, run support wasn’t a problem.
In the first game, Carson got out to a 4-0 lead as the first four batters of the game crossed home plate. Natalie Morrow knocked in the first two runs on a two-RBI double. Cassie Vondrak drove Morrow in on the next at bat with a double to center field. Two batters later, Krista Mattice knocked in Vondrak with a single up the middle.
But then things began to fall apart.
Daria Leid struggled on the mound, giving up four runs on four hits. Cassie Vondrak relieved Leid after just two outs in the inning and quieted the South Tahoe bats the rest of the way. The Vikings had just three hits off of the senior, who picked up both wins.
“Tahoe’s a better hitting team than I’ve seen in a long time,” Vickrey said.
The Vikings were led by Brittany Barcellos, who went 2 for 3 in the first game with a run and 3 for 3 in the second with a triple and an RBI.
Vondrak had her troubles too. She threw four wild pitches in the second game and let Moriah Lane advance from first to home in the third inning without giving up a hit or a walk.
“(I just have to) kind of relax and calm down,” Vondrak said. “The wind was kind of a factor, but not that big of a deal.”
Just two days after Vickrey said he wanted his offense to produce more, that part of the Senators’ game was the brightest. Leid went 2 for 3 in the first game, 1 for 2 in the second and scored three runs. Vondrak went 3 for 4 in the first game with a double and three RBIs.
Megan Hein also had five RBI in the first game, while freshman Lauren Knorzer knocked in two in the second game.
“We did a good job of not leaving as many people on base,” Vickrey said. “That was one of the things we did is leave runners on the bases early in (Thursday’s) game. We came out today and did a much better job. We did a good job of putting the bat on the ball.”