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South Tahoe Vikings finally play softball

Steve Yingling and Darrell Moody

South Tahoe High’s softball team finally got on a field for its season opener Thursday in Carson City.

The Vikings’ season was delayed after coach Joann Allister resigned March 12, a day before the season was originally scheduled to begin.

For four innings, the Vikings held their own against the eighth-ranked Carson Senators. Carson, however, broken open a 5-2 game by scoring seven runs over the final two innings for a 12-2 Sierra Division victory.

“They were very excited and nervous … first-game jitters, of course,” said STHS co-coach Anneliese Neitling. “The girls did great until the fifth inning. We need to make sure we hold our own for the whole game.”

Senior Brittany Barcellos led the Vikings by going 2 for 3 with a run scored. Melissa Smith and Moriah Lane each contributed a hit, while Ashley Killeen scored the Vikings’ other run.

Carson’s Cassie Vondrak was a one-person demolition derby, going 3 for 3 at the plate and driving home three runs. She also struck out 13 and allowed four hits.

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“She threw a good game,” said Carson coach Scott Vickrey. “She hit her spots and mixed up her pitches. She is strong in the circle.”

The teams meet again for a doubleheader beginning at 10 a.m. Saturday

“The girls have a lot of potential, but we have a lot of hard work in front of us,” Neitling said.

Rough day for STHS nine in Carson City

It was a day that South Tahoe High baseball coach Matt Tillson and players want to forget.

Carson scored 10 unearned runs in the first two innings Thursday en route to a 16-2 Sierra Division trouncing of the Vikings in Carson City.

“They’ll bounce back. They are a resilient team,” Tillson said. “They know they played one of the worst games of their lives.”

South Tahoe began the game with two errors, leading to two first-inning runs for the Senators. Then it got ugly for the Vikings in the second when Carson exploded for 10 runs and seven hits to stretch its lead to 12-0. The key blow was a homer to right-center field by Cody Barr.

Tillson pulled ace Max DeLallo in the second inning to save him for Saturday’s doubleheader, which begins at 11 a.m. DeLallo surrendered one earned run.

Carson’s Matt Rutledge worked four innings, allowing three hits. He also went 3 for 3 and drove in three runs.

Chris Ewing had two hits and an RBI for the Vikings. Kyle DiGrande delivered a single. Ewing’s run-scoring single got the Vikings on the board in the third inning.