Carson sweeps double (freezing) dip from South Tahoe
March 18, 2003
There was a big difference between the South Tahoe High School softball team that started out against Carson and the one that finished on Monday.
Improvement was a ray of sunshine, as far as coach Rich Barna was concerned. It just wasn’t enough to break into the win column, as the Carson Senators swept both ends of the Sierra League doubleheader, 14-4 and 7-1, on a cold and windy afternoon.
South Tahoe (0-3) allowed 14 runs in the first three innings of the first game and committed six errors during a game that was called after five innings due to the 10-run rule. The Vikings made no errors in game two and went the distance against a Carson team (2-1) that is a perennial playoff contender.
“We were much better that second game. Marked improvement,” Barna said afterward. “I was extremely happy. They’re playing hard, they’re swinging the bat better and they’re playing better defense.”
After falling behind 14-0 through three innings of the opener, the Vikings came back to score four runs in the top of the fifth. Libby Bigelow singled to lead off the inning, Mollie Novasel reached on a fielder’s choice and Bailey loaded the bases with an infield hit. Missy Lucero tripled down the right field line to clear the bases and Kylie Novasel singled to right to drive in another run before Carson starter Mandy Carvin worked out of trouble on an infield fly out.
Carvin pitched the distance for the Senators, allowed six hits, walked none and struck out six. Bigelow pitched all the way for the Vikings, allowed nine hits and walked seven.
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Kylie Novasel hit 3-for-3 to lead the Vikings offensively. Novasel left with a knee injury in the sixth inning of game two, but the injury wasn’t serious, according to Barna.
Erika Schimmel pitched the distance for South Tahoe in game two. The junior right-hander allowed nine hits and walked eight, although only three of those walks scored.
The Vikings escaped from a bases loaded jam in the fourth inning thanks to their defense. With two outs, a pitch went to the backstop, but Bigelow quickly retrieved the ball and flipped to Schimmel covering the plate for the out.
Second baseman Cathy Beliveau also turned a line drive catch into an unassisted double play to keep Carson off the scoreboard in the fifth inning.
The Senators took a 4-0 lead in the first inning, aided by Lindsay Farnworth’s two-run double to center field, Heather Diamond’s RBI double and Nichole Monge’s RBI single.
South Tahoe answered with one run in the second when Erin Jamison singled and scored on a fielder’s choice.
Schimmel tripled to lead off the fourth, but Carson starter Farnworth retired the side on two infield pop flies and a ground out.
Farnworth started, pitched four innings and allowed one run on two hits. Sophomore Ambir Rackley pitched the last three innings, allowed one hit, walked one and struck out five.
South Tahoe returns to action Tuesday with a non-league game at Dayton, then visits three-time defending state champion Wooster for a doubleheader Saturday in Reno.
Carson 14, South Tahoe 4
So. Tahoe 000 04 — 4 6 6
Carson 464 0x — 14 9 1
Bigelow and Schimmel; Carvin and Gonzalez. W — Carvin. L — Bigelow. SO — Bigelow 6, Carvin 6. BB — Bigelow 7, Carvin 0. HP — Erickson (by Carvin).
South Tahoe hitting — K. Novasel 3×3, Lucero 1×3, 3B, 3 RBI; Erickson 1×2; Bigelow 1×2.
Carson hitting — Perondi 2×2, 2B, 2 RBI; Rankl 2×2, 1 RBI; Diamond 1×2, 2B, 1 RBI; Rackley 1×2, 2B, 2 RBI; Henry 1×1; Gonzalez 1×3; Farnworth 1×2.
Carson 7, South Tahoe 1
So. Tahoe 010 000 0 — 1 2 0
Carson 411 100 x — 7 9 3
Schimmel and K. Novasel, Beliveau; Farnworth, Rankl (5) and Gonzalez. W — Farnworth. L — Schimmel. SO — Schimmel 5, Farnworth 2, Rackley 5. BB — Schimmel 8, Farnworth 1, Rackley 1. HP — Gonzalez (by Schimmel).
South Tahoe hitting — Schimmel 1×3, 3B; J. Bigelow 1×3.
Carson hitting — Rankl 2×2, 2B, 1 RBI; Diamond 2×4, 2 2B, 1 RBI; Monge 2×3, 2B, 2 RBI; Vidovich 1×3; Perondi 1×3, 1 RBI; Farnworth 1×2, 2B, 2 RBI.
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