STHS softball team drops weekend double-header |

STHS softball team drops weekend double-header

Chad Sellmer, Tribune staff writer

The South Tahoe High softball team is searching for some offense after losing both ends of a doubleheader at North Valleys on Saturday in Reno.

The Vikings dropped the first game 10-0 and the second 8-0.

The Panthers’ Jessica Coultier threw a no-hitter through five innings in the first game.

“Offensively, we’re just not getting the job done and that’s what we need to be working on,” said STHS manager Rich Barna. “Obviously, we have some defensive work to do, but if we want to stay in the game we’ve got to be able to hit the ball.”

In the first game, the Vikings played well through the first four innings, holding the Panthers scoreless.

“In three innings we had six errors and gave up 10 runs,” Barna said.

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The game was called with the 10-run rule after five innings.

Erika Schimmel was the Vikings’ pitcher through four innings and was relieved by Libby Bigelow.

In the second game, Bigelow was the starting pitcher through four innings and gave up eight runs, three of them earned. Schimmel was the reliever, giving up two hits and striking out a batter.

Erin Jamison provided the Vikings’ sole offense with a single.

Barna said he was pleased with the defensive performance of Mollie Novasel, a freshman who played shortstop and Alisha Bettencourt, who played third base in the doubleheader.

The Vikings are still searching for the season’s first win with a record of 0-10.

“They were a good team. We didn’t hit the ball,” Barna added. “Coach Doug Bigelow summed it up best: ‘If you don’t hit the ball, you don’t score and if you don’t score, you don’t win.’ “