South Tahoe High junior Max DeLallo hits mammoth home run at Galena |

South Tahoe High junior Max DeLallo hits mammoth home run at Galena

Steve Yingling, Tribune sports editor

Hits continued to be scarce for the South Tahoe High baseball team Thursday in a Sierra Division game at Galena in Reno.

The Vikings were limited to five hits in an 11-1 defeat, their seventh straight in league play.

South Tahoe’s one bright spot in the five-inning game was a mammoth home run by junior Max DeLallo. The solo blast carried over the 420-foot mark in straight-way center field.

“It was a bomb. It ranks up there as one of the longest home runs by one of our players,” said STHS coach Matt Tillson.

DeLallo finished with two of the Vikings’ five hits. Tanner Braun, Ricky Braun and Gary Prescott each stroked base hits.

“We hit their pitcher, but everything was right at ’em,” Tillson said.

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Matt Marsh started on the mound for STHS, keeping the Vikings within three runs, 4-1, after three innings.

Weather permitting, South Tahoe (5-9 overall) will try to play its home opener on Saturday. The same two clubs are supposed to meet in a doubleheader, starting at 11 a.m. at Todd Fields.

Vikings searching for timely hits

Galena High erupted for 11 runs in the fifth inning to break open a Sierra Division softball game against South Tahoe and win 16-0 Thursday in Reno.

“The girls needed to hit the ball. We work so much on hitting,” said STHS coach Annaliese Neitling. “We’re undoing some bad habits, and when it all comes together, we’ll be a good team.”

The Vikings produced four baserunners, but couldn’t come up with the key hit to score a run. The Vikings also struggled with their fielding, committing seven errors. Neitling, however, was encouraged by the pitching of junior Terra Backinger, who wasn’t one of the Vikings’ regular hurlers when the season began.

“She’s stepped up to her position, and I’m proud of her,” Neitling said.

South Tahoe (2-8 overall and in division) will try to play its home opener Saturday against Galena at the Field of Dreams. The doubleheader begins at 10 a.m.