South Tahoe Vikings rally to take series finale at Wooster
South Tahoe High was missing its top two pitchers Monday in a Sierra Division softball series finale with Wooster. But that didn’t matter as the Vikings rallied for a 5-4 victory in Reno.
Brittany Barcellos and Moriah Lane had key hits in the seventh inning as the Vikings scored four times to wipe out a 3-1 deficit.
“The girls really pulled through and came back. It was awesome,” said STHS coach Anneleise Neitling.
With sophomore Melissa Smith and junior Krissy Guarino ailing with arm and knee injuries, the Vikings turned to junior Terra Backinger and freshman Mariah Meagher. Backinger, the club’s regular shortstop, worked the first five innings before tiring.
Meagher, a freshman, came on in relief and recorded the final six outs. She worked a full count before striking out the final batter with the tying run on first base.
“We were cheering her on, and everyone was supporting her,” Neitling said. “She did her job today.”
Barcellos, Lane and Missy Miller each finished with two hits. Barcellos was 2 for 3 with two runs scored and two RBI, Miller was 2 for 3 and Lane 2 for 4. Backinger delivered a hit and made a crucial baserunning play to knock the ball loose from the Wooster first baseman during the Vikings’ seventh-inning comeback. Lane’s single in the final inning scored Barcellos, and Melissa Ewing’s base hit plated Lane.
South Tahoe, which improved to 2-4 in the Sierra Division, plays at Bishop Manogue on Thursday. Neitling isn’t expecting to have Smith or Guarino back for that game.
“We will wait until they are 100 percent,” Neitling said.