STHS softball team drops weekend doubleheader |

STHS softball team drops weekend doubleheader

Chad Sellmer, Tribune staff writer

The Vikings traveled to Reno Saturday for a doubleheader against Wooster, one of the nation’s top softball teams, and South Tahoe got a glimpse of what makes the Colts three-time defending champions in Northern Nevada 4A league competition.

The Vikings lost both, 13-0 and 16-0. ranks the Colts as the seventh-best softball team in the entire country, partly on the strength of last season’s 41-2 record.

“Actually we fared pretty well in the early going of the first game,” said Vikings’ head coach Rich Barna. “We held them at 2-0 for the first two innings, but then we had two crucial errors in the third and we ended up giving up 10 runs. It wasn’t only the two errors. We walked four batters and hit one, so we put five on base and they got five hits in that inning.”

Erika Schimmel was the starting pitcher for STHS in game one.

“We didn’t go hitless, which was kind of nice,” Barna added.

The Vikings’ Libby Bigelow and Erin Jamison each had a hit in the game.

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“We stranded runners on second and third and we thought things were looking pretty good there, but then they blew it up on us,” Barna said.

In the second game, “we didn’t do very well,” he added.

“We gave up four runs in the first inning,” he said. “We got a total of three hits for the game, so it wasn’t like we didn’t hit them, but we couldn’t string them together.”

For the Vikings, Ashley Sizer and Missy Lucero had a single while Schimmel got a double.

Lucero was the starting pitcher for STHS in game two.

The Vikings are now 0-3 in league play and 0-4 overall.

The team travels to Douglas Tuesday beginning at 3:30 p.m.

The Vikings’ first home game of the season is April 1 against Wooster. The girls have already been practicing on their home field.

“We had a couple of practices last week on the fields,” Barna said. “We’re still playing dodge the snow a little bit. All of our games are away in the first month, and then we make up the home games later in the season. It seems to work out really well since over the last two years we haven’t lost a home game. That other softball coaches in this league are very accommodating in that respect because we all have the same goal: to help the girls get their skills up and progress in the sport to maybe take it to the next level.”