Parsons powers Fallon to softball sweep of Vikings
FALLON — It took a couple of innings, but the Fallon softball team got its offense in gear to sweep a doubleheader, 11-1 and 11-0, against South Tahoe on Saturday at the Edward Arciniega Complex.
Fallon improves to 7-5 overall and 6-3 in the 4A Sierra League, while the Vikings fell to 4-10 and 0-8.
In the first game, the Lady Wave trailed 2-1 in the bottom of the fifth but erupted for nine runs to secure the win.
“We finally got comfortable,” said Fallon head coach Phil Pinder. “Anytime you see a pitcher two or three times, the ball should be put in play more. I think we made the adjustment.”
With one out in the fifth inning, Fallon’s Sara Parson’s doubled and scored on an error after Chelsea Smitten singled. After Cady Cordes walked and Jenny Rechel flied out for the second out, Rachel Itskin reached on an error to score Smitten.
Cordes and Itskin both scored on a double by Danielle Rothery. Cassie Bell and Khaliah Brown each reached on infield singles and extended the Lady Wave’s lead to 9-1.
Kaysee Archer drove in Bell and Brown with a single, and Parsons ended the game with a two-run homer to left field.
“When you get back-to-back-back hits, that opens the door,” Pinder said.
South Tahoe opened the scoring in the second inning when Brittany Sanchez scored after an errant throw.
Game two saw Fallon jump out to a 3-0 after the first inning, highlighted by another two-run homer from Parsons. The Lady Wave added five more runs in the bottom of the third and three in the fourth to complete the sweep.
The Vikings, however, were hampered by several injuries as No. 1 pitcher Mel Smith couldn’t pitch because of a sore elbow. South Tahoe managed two hits in the second game and couldn’t adjust to Fallon pitcher Daylynne Rueda.
“We don’t adjust like they do,” South Tahoe head coach Anneliese Neitling said. “They adjusted to the speed, and we didn’t adjust to the speed.”
Both teams continue play next week, as Fallon will matchup with Bishop Manogue on Tuesday and South Tahoe is scheduled to play Galena in its home opener on Thursday, but the game will likely be moved to Reno.
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