South Tahoe Vikings stun Wooster Colts |

South Tahoe Vikings stun Wooster Colts

Steve Yingling, Tribune sports editor

There was no telling if and when the South Tahoe High softball team would post its first victory of the season.

After all of the turmoil the Vikings had been through in the offseason and preseason, there was some concern whether a team would even make it to the field.

But South Tahoe High alum Anneleise Neitling stepped in to coach the team after Joann Allister resigned, and the Vikings haven’t taken long to jell. If Neitling had volunteered to coach the team, the Vikings reportedly wouldn’t have had a softball season.

After being swept by the Carson Senators last weekend, the Vikings pulled of a surprising 7-4 Sierra Division win at 11th-ranked Wooster on Wednesday.

Brittany Barcellos and Terra Backiner each collected three hits, and Melissa Smith kept the Colts’ bats relatively quiet.

“Mel pitched a great game, keeping the ball off the plate and battling through a sore arm,” Neitling said.

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In addition to the six hits provided by Barcellos and Backinger, sophomore Moriah Lane went 2 for 4.

“It was a great win for us, and we are very, very excited,” Neitling said. “Their coaches were pretty upset that we were able to win.”

Wooster avenged that defeat with a 3-2 victory later Thursday. The Colts scored the decisive run in the sixth inning to complete a comeback from a 2-0 deficit.

The Vikings broke out on top in the first inning, and a number of players contributed hits during the game. Barcellos, Sarah Breisacher, Tiffany Racz, Melissa Ewing and Amanda Rives each delivered a hit.

Smith’s pitching, however, gave the Vikings a chance to win their second straight. She allowed five hits and fanned five.

The teams conclude their three-game series on Monday.

Slow start costs Vikings at McQueen

South Tahoe gave up four runs in the first inning and six in the third in an 11-1 nonleague baseball defeat at McQueen on Thursday.

The Vikings were limited to four hits in losing their fourth straight game.

“We fell behind early and started to play a little flat. It just wasn’t our day,” said STHS assistant coach Mike Tillson, who filled in for his brother, Matt, who his serving a three-game suspension for being ejected at Carson last Saturday.

South Tahoe (3-5) scored its only run in the fourth inning. Matt Marsh singled and Kyle DiGrande followed with a base hit. Marsh came around to score on an infield throwing error. Marsh finished 2 for 2. Max DeLallo pitched 42?3 innings and had one of the Vikings’ four hits.

South Tahoe will play McQueen in a doubleheader on Saturday in Reno.

Warriors united in beating Dayton

It was the type of game that Whittell needed before its Northern 2A League softball opener against Incline.

The Warriors defeated the Dayton junior varsity 10-2 Thursday at Lampe Park in Gardnerville, as pitching, aggressive baserunning and fielding came together for the winners.

“We played well together, something we wanted to start happening,” said Whittell coach Rich Barna. “We have a lot of young ballplayers, but they are starting to figure it out.”

Whittell starting pitcher Marissa Besson gave up two hits and a run in two innings. Justina Pritzker took it from there, shutting out the Dust Devils on two hits while overpowering them with 11 strikeouts.

Besson and Katie Poet each stole home to lead the offense. Chaine Paradis went 2 for 2 with two walks, while Pritzker, Lupe Martinez and Austyn Herrera provided base hits.

Whittell opens league play against Incline on Saturday at Lampe Park.

Potnick homers in win vs. Dust Devils

Alex Potnick homered and Julian Washalefsky threw three innings of shutout relief Thursday as Whittell beat Dayton 11-4 in a nonleague baseball game in Gardnerville.

Potnick was 3 for 4 with two RBI, Jordan Morgan was 2 for 4 with two RBI, and Nick Warner had two hits and an RBI. “They had a pitcher with a good curveball. We had a really good hitting approach today, going up the middle and the opposite field,” said Whittell coach Starbuck Teevan.

Adam Laub picked up the win on the mound, giving up four runs in four innings to a Dayton team made up of varsity and JV players. Washalefsky entered in the fifth inning and recorded seven of the final nine outs by strikeout.

Whittell (8-3) starts its Northern 2A League schedule Saturday against Incline in a doubleheader at Lampe Park.

Vikings trim shots at Wolf Run

On Thursday, South Tahoe shaved 35 strokes off its team score from its last visit to Wolf Run Golf Club in Reno.

As a result, the Vikings finished fifth out of eight teams at a Sierra Division golf tournament. Team scores were Manogue 398, Carson 415, Douglas 421, Fallon 430, South Tahoe 445, Galena 449, Damonte Ranch 468 and Wooster 472. STHS was led by James Morrison’s 85. He was backed up by Gavin Booth 86, Paul Passaretti 89, Kaz Kosciolek 92, and Payton Guttry and Jared Morris with 93s.

“We were definitely competitive today and have a chance of moving up,” said STHS coach Mike Patterson.