Morning sports wrap – Sunday, May 8
Both the Whittell baseball and softball programs are heading to the next round of the NIAA 2A playoffs. The South Tahoe boys baseball team was eliminated from 3A playoff contention by Sparks Saturday, but the Lady Vikings softball team will host a best of three series inside 3A zone playoffs next week after beating Truckee Friday and then sweeping Sparks Saturday.
MINDEN, Nev. – In boys baseball action, Alex Vogt led a Warriors charge on the mound Saturday at Douglas County High School as he spun a two-hitter and whiffed 11 while Robbie Poet enjoyed another three-hit day.
The Whittell High School boys rolled to an 11-2 win over West Wendover and swept their best-of-three first-round zone playoff series.
Except for a odd fourth inning, Vogt was in total control on the mound Saturday. He struck out the side twice, walking only two in his 98-pitch stint over six strong innings. Fellow lefty Cody Gibson finished strong with a scoreless seventh.
Poet garnered another three hit day Saturday. Coupled with his three for three day in game one at South Lake Friday, Poet had six hits for the series to lead the offense.
SPARKS, Nev. – In Sparks, the first game meant everything for the South Tahoe Vikings who needed a two-game sweep of Sparks in order to keep in the running for a 3A zone playoff spot this coming weekend.
Two leadoff singles for Sparks in the bottom of the first, coupled with a hit batsman, error and three run bomb from Tyler Dresbach led to a 17-2 Railroaders wash-out in game one.
An RBI single in the second from Andrew Contaxis along with an RBI double from Jamie Yelles in the third was all the offense the Vikings mustered. That made it 5-2 after two and a half innings before Sparks erupted for 12 runs over the next two innings to end things early. Dennis Morelli led the charge for Sparks, leading off the fourth with a solo shot and then ending following it up with a three-run blast that same inning.
It was a hitting contest in game two, as the two teams combined for 26-runs over their seven innings. Unfortunately for South Tahoe, three errors in the first led to a seven run cushion for Sparks. It was enough to hold though a mid-game seven run charge from the Vikings made it interesting.
SPARKS, Nev. – Needing a sweep of Sparks in order to secure the one seed and play out of their home dugout next Friday in the first round of 3A zone playoffs, the South Tahoe Lady Vikings rode a strong performance in the circle from Mel Smth, and got huge days at the plate from Sid Loomis, Emily Rives and Amanda Rives. The three hitters combined for eight hits in the double header. Loomis, the hero from Friday night versus Truckee, was two for four in both games Saturday. She had a RBI in both games and scored twice in game two.
Emily Rives was two for four in game with one run batted in. She scored four times in game two while her sister Amanda was one for three with a RB and two runs scored. Mel Sabac was one for three in game one with a RBI while Melanie Grady contributed in game two with a single and run scored. Kaila Griffis also collected two hits in game two, knocking in a pair of runs of her own.
Pitching-wise, Smith went the distance in game one, striking out 11 and walking just one. She was also two for four at the plate.
In game two she made it to the fifth, striking out 11 more, walking one before giving way to Mariah Meager who closed things out.
The team is off until Friday when they’ll begin their best of three series with Spring Creek. Game time Friday at the South Tahoe Middle School is set for 4 p.m.
ZEPHYR COVE, Nev. – In Zephyr Cove Saurday, the Whittell girls softball team dug themselves a 5-0 hole, but got a gutsy performance inside the circle from Amanda Harris which silenced the Silver State bats long enough for Jessie Sayre to answer with some heroics at the plate.
A two-out rally in the bottom of the third inning cut the five-run lead to 5-3 Silver State. After Harris sat the lineup down in order at the top of four, and worked around an error in the fifth, Whittell made their last-ditch push in the bottom of the fifth – all with two outs.
Besson led off with a sharp single into center. After Brianna Brewer was hit by a pitch to put runners on first and second with two outs, Megan Miller reached which set the table for Sayre. She roped an outside pitch to right, which the Silver State fielder took a diving attempt at. It rolled through her diving stab though, plating three runs and sending Sayre to third. The relay throw there went out of play, giving Sayre home plate and the Whittlell Lady Warriors a 7-5 lead they wouldn’t relinquish.
Full re-caps from all four match-ups along with playoff previews may be found in Tuesday and Friday’s editions of the Tahoe Daily Tribune.