Two homers and Pinder’s pitching carry Fallon past South Tahoe
The South Tahoe High softball team ran into the irresistible force and the immovable object on Thursday against the Fallon Greenwave in South Lake Tahoe.
The immovable object was Fallon pitcher Kate Pinder, who struck out nine Viking hitters and allowed only one hit. The irresistible force was the Greenwave’s bats. Fallon pounded out 15 hits, including two home runs, two triples and a double, in a 15-0 victory.
South Tahoe hurt its cause with three errors that led to four unearned runs in the fifth inning.
“I felt that my girls didn’t come out as hard as they should have today,” South Tahoe coach Anneliese Neitling said. “They definitely beat themselves at the end. We definitely have some work (to do).”
The Vikings (2-11) couldn’t figure out Pinder, who used an effective riser and a changeup that caused many hitters to swing and miss. The Fallon senior carried a perfect game through three innings and had four 1-2-3 frames. Pinder struck out the side in the second inning, and in one stretch whiffed five consecutive hitters and seven of nine.
Pinder’s only difficult inning was the fourth. After Brittany Barcellos struck out, Ashley Killeen reached first base on an error. Killeen stole second, then took off for third when Greenwave catcher Sara Parsons’ throw sailed into center field.
However, center fielder Cassie Bell recovered the ball quickly and threw out Killeen at third base. That would cost the Vikings their only chance to score. Terra Backinger walked and Moriah Lane singled, but Pinder got Tiffany Racz to ground out to end the threat.
While Pinder kept the Vikings bats in check, South Tahoe starter Krissy Guarino and reliever Melissa Smith had no such luck with the Greenwave. Fallon scored four runs in the third inning and six in the fourth. Parsons hit a three-run home run off Guarino and Rechel slammed a solo shot off Smith, both in the fourth inning. Parsons and Rechel drove in runs in the third with a triple and a double, respectively. Jessica Lewis tripled to score another run in the fourth.
Neitling thinks her team will do better when the Greenwave returns on Saturday for a 10 a.m. doubleheader.
“We’re ready for a good game,” Neitling said. “Fallon did a great job, especially with their home runs, but those things happen with good-hitting teams. I look forward to playing them on Saturday.”
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