STHS nine drops two in Reno doubleheader |

STHS nine drops two in Reno doubleheader

Chad Sellmer, Tribune staff writer

Monday is apparently not a good day for the South Tahoe High School baseball team.

The Vikings suffered a couple of blowouts in a Monday afternoon doubleheader in Reno, losing 12-0 and 18-0 in a makeup game due to Saturday’s inclement weather.

STHS manager Doug Russell said “our approach” was the team’s undoing.

“We let outside factors control the way we are going to play baseball,” said Russell, calling the weather “cold but playable” and noting that it had little to do with the losses.

“We were beaten before we walked on the field today,” he said. “It was a different kind of day in that we missed a lot of school. We were not ready to play two games against a team that has been to the state championships the past three years.”

Last Thursday the Vikings played Reno to a close finish, losing 8-5. Russell said his team lacked fire for Monday’s doubleheader.

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“Other teams are outperforming us. We are missing a spark, or maybe desire, or confidence,” he said. “We matched up well on Thursday against Reno and none of the players have changed. We’re all the same people we were. I think we’re lacking a bit of hunger.

“We are still not playing good enough defense to beat anybody in 4A right now,” he added.

Vikings pitcher A.J. Russo started game one and was on the mound four innings.

“A.J. threw well, but he didn’t get any defensive support,” Russell said.

Bobby Gienapp started for the Vikings in the second game.

“He made some mistakes that good teams capitalize on and also he didn’t get the defensive support he needed,” Russell said. “We need to find nine players who are willing to give it 100 percent and not accept being mediocre. Right now we haven’t found the right mixture of players who are able to do that.”

The Vikings’ next game is today at Dayton, beginning at 3 p.m.