Douglas shuts out Vikings |

Douglas shuts out Vikings

Tribune News Service and Tribune staff

MINDEN — After playing two of the lesser-talented teams in the league, it was time for Douglas High School’s softball team to get back to serious work.

Douglas routed South Lake Tahoe 18-0 Tuesday afternoon, stretching its Sierra Division winning streak to three games. Douglas has outscored its last two league foes (Hug and South Tahoe) 56-0 in that span.

“The last three games have been kind of tough,” Douglas coach Rick Smith said. “We have four tough ones coming up (Fallon, Carson and Bishop Manogue). We beat Fallon last year early and then they beat us here. I think the girls are looking forward to it.

“It will be my job tomorrow to get them ready. I told the girls that we have to get back to work. It was nice, again, to get a lot of the girls in. It’s good for them. Now they’ll be ready if somebody gets injured later in the year.”

Douglas struck early, scoring three runs off Libby Bigelow in the first inning.

Kaycee Wilcks and Val Smith both walked and hard-hitting Kayla Dunn drove them both in with a triple to right field. Dunn scored moments later on a passed ball.

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The Tigers tacked on another run in the second as Cheryl Nicoll tripled and scored on Devon Bateman’s squeeze bunt.

Bigelow pitched the first two and a half innings for the Vikings, walking just two batters, before being relieved by Missy Lucero.

“Unfortunately they hit her really well and got ahead of us,” said STHS manager Rich Barna.

Douglas collected six hits and South Tahoe made four errors, leading to a nine-run inning and a 13-0 lead for the Tigers after three.

Kristi Olsen drove in two of the runs, while Dunn, Stevie Smith, Missy Kaplan, Val Smith and Wilcks drove in one run each.

Meanwhile, Dunn was having her way with South Tahoe hitters. She retired the first 10 hitters before Missy Lucero doubled to center. Dunn fanned six in her four innings of work, giving way to Stevie Smith, who pitched a scoreless fifth.

Douglas closed out the game with four more runs in the fifth and the Vikings helped the cause with two errors.

“Missy did have a double and that was the only bright spot we had,” Barna said. “We played a good team and they beat us and that’s all there is to it.”