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South Tahoe softball swept at Fernley

Anthony Gentile

FERNLEY, Nev. — The South Tahoe softball took on the top team in its league last weekend — and made too many miscues to keep up with the league leaders. The Vikings were swept by Fernley on the road, marking their second straight series without a win.

"They are a complete team and capitalized on our mistakes," Vikings head coach Eric Owens said.

In the series opener Friday, South Tahoe (3-13 I-A Northern) made six errors that led to five runs in a 7-0 loss to the Vaqueros. Fernley (14-4, 12-1) scored three runs in the bottom of the first inning, added a run in the fourth and put the game away with a three-run fifth.

Sophomore Kendra Conard pitched a complete game and struck out nine in the series opener — she also produced South Tahoe's only hit, a double. Alyssa Slater was the only other Vikings' batter to reach base — she drew two walks.

The Vikings lost the first game of Saturday's doubleheader by a 9-1 margin. Fernley scored two runs in each of the first four frames and added another in the bottom of the fifth — South Tahoe avoided the shutout by scoring in the seventh.

In the second game of Saturday's twinbill, South Tahoe suffered a lopsided 21-0 defeat. The Vaqueros produced an eight-run first and scored 19 runs in the first three innings en route to the series sweep — the Vikings were outhit 23-5 in the loss.

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South Tahoe returned to action at home Tuesday against Dayton, beginning a stretch of eight straight contests at STHS to end the regular season. The Vikings' next series is a three-game set against Spring Creek April 24-25.