STHS baseball season gets underway with a win, loss |

STHS baseball season gets underway with a win, loss

Chad Sellmer, Tribune staff writer

The South Tahoe High baseball team split a five-inning doubleheader Thursday at Carson High School, beating up on Lassen 10-2 but dropping the second game 7-6 to Fernley.

Neither team is in the Northern Nevada 4A League, but both games will count against the Vikings’ regular-season record.

In the win over Lassen, South Tahoe’s Craig Spencer, who plays right field, went 2-3 with one RBI. Catcher Justin Keys was 3-3 with two RBIs, and he also scored a run. Pitcher A.J. Russo went 1-2 with an RBI.

“We swung pretty well and we took advantage of some mistakes,” said Vikings head coach Doug Russell. “We blew it open in the fourth inning with seven runs and aggressive baserunning.”

Russo got the win as the team’s starting pitcher, going three innings and giving up two earned runs, three hits and three walks. He struck out two. Pitcher Bobby Gienapp was the closer.

In the second game against Fernley, the Vikings led 4-1 after three innings but gave up three unearned runs in the fourth and went into the last inning tied 4-4.

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“We scored two runs in the fifth, which was encouraging since we only played five today,” Russell said. “We gave ourselves the opportunity to win, but then we made a couple more errors in the fifth and gave up three more unearned runs. (Overall), we made seven errors and threw the game away. It shouldn’t have been any kind of ball game like that.”

Russo hit two home runs and knocked in three runs. Kevin Woodman was 2-3 with one RBI and Chris Thorne was 2-2.

“We want to start our season off on a little bit stronger note,” Russell added. “We are focusing this year on winning both ends of the doubleheader. We put ourselves in a position to do that today, but we weren’t able to capitalize (because) we didn’t play fundamental defense.”

South Tahoe travels to Carson City again today for a 1 p.m. game against Dayton. On Saturday, the Vikings play Battle Mountain in Carson City, beginning at 9 a.m. in the first game of another doubleheader.