South Tahoe softball swept at second-place Lowry |

South Tahoe softball swept at second-place Lowry

Anthony Gentile

WINNEMUCCA, Nev. — The South Tahoe softball team played the second-place team in Div. I-A Northern League tough in two of three games last weekend — but was unable to notch a win on the road. The Vikings were swept in a three-game set at Lowry in the first of back-to-back road series.

South Tahoe (3-10 I-A Northern) suffered a pair of close losses in the three-game series — the Vikings fell 4-1 in the series opener last Friday and lost 5-4 on a walk-off double in the second game of Saturday's doubleheader. Lowry (14-2, 11-1) swept its third straight series to extend its winning streak to nine games.

The Vikings scored first in the Friday's series opener — on Kendra Conard's seventh home run of the season — but were held scoreless after the top of the first inning en route to a 4-1 defeat. Lowry scored a run apiece in the second, third, fourth and sixth innings — STHS was outhit 7-3 by the Buckaroos in the loss.

South Tahoe opened Saturday's doubleheader with an 11-2 loss. The Vikings took a 1-0 lead in the top of the third, but Lowry answered with seven runs over the next two innings to take control of the contest.

In Saturday's series finale, South Tahoe fell in heartbreaking fashion 5-4. The Vikings scored three runs in the top of the seventh to take a one-run lead, but Lowry answered with a pair of runs in the bottom half of the frame to complete the sweep.

For the third time in the series, the Vikings struck first. South Tahoe scored a run in the top of the first in the series finale, and held that lead until Lowry plated three in the bottom of the fourth — the Vikings erased that 3-1 deficit with their rally in the seventh.

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Cassie Flynn and Sativa Chambers went 2-for-3 with a single and double in the series-ending loss. Drue Chapman also finished 2-for-3.

South Tahoe returns to action Friday, when it begins a three-game series at Fernley (9-4, 7-1). First pitch for the series opener is scheduled for Friday at 3 p.m. — Saturday's doubleheader will start at 11 a.m.