South Tahoe softball blanks Dayton 7-0; Conard strikes out 19 |

South Tahoe softball blanks Dayton 7-0; Conard strikes out 19

Anthony Gentile

South Tahoe sophomore Kendra Conard recorded a career-high 19 strikeouts in the Vikings’ 7-0 win over Dayton on Tuesday. The right-hander scattered one hit over seven scoreless innings.

SOUTH LAKE TAHOE — The South Tahoe softball team kept rolling Tuesday, and swept a second straight league opponent in the process. The Vikings blanked visiting Dayton 7-0, led by a complete game one-hitter from sophomore Kendra Conard — a performance that featured a career-high 19 strikeouts.

Conard's 19 strikeouts for South Tahoe (8-13 I-A Northern) marked her fourth straight game with double-digit strikeouts and 12th of the season. Dayton (0-21) finished with one hit and had only three batters reach base over seven innings.

Offensively, the Vikings got rolling early en route to a comfortable win over the Dust Devils. South Tahoe scored three runs in each of the first two innings, and had a 7-0 lead after the fourth inning.

STHS collected 13 hits in Tuesday's win, and had five players finish with two hits apiece. Conard went 2-for-2 with a double, two RBIs and a run, Sativa Chambers finished 2-for-4 with two RBIs, Haley Crowson was 2-for-4 with a double and an RBI, Bailey Barcellos went 2-for-3 with a double and two runs and Alyssa Slater was 2-for-2 with a run.

Drue Chapman had an RBI triple and two runs in three at-bats against Dayton. Brooke Erdody finished with a hit and an RBI, Jade Smith delivered a single in her only plate appearance and Nina Barnhart added a run.

South Tahoe returns to action Friday, when it hosts a three-game series against second-place Fallon — Friday's game starts at 3 p.m. with Saturday's doubleheader scheduled for 11 a.m. The Vikings conclude the season Tuesday at 3 p.m. against crosstown rival Whittell at Zephyr Cove Park.