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Vikings struggle against Manogue Miners

Steve Yingling, Tribune sports editor

South Tahoe High softball coach Anneliese Neitling didn’t recognize the team that took the field against Bishop Manogue on Thursday in Reno.

“We have a doubleheader with them (on Saturday) so hopefully we’ll see the team we’re used to seeing come out to play,” said Neitling after a 10-0 Sierra Division defeat.

Neitling called the game after the Vikings hit in the fourth inning.

“They had another at-bat, but there was no reason to go higher,” Neitling said. “They were hitting the ball, but they weren’t super hits. They had an excellent pitcher, but it doesn’t matter. The Carson pitcher is just as good, and we were hitting her.”

The Vikings (2-5 overall and in division play) mustered two hits in the four innings. One came off the bat of Sarah Breisacher and the other was delivered by Brittany Barcellos.

Saturday’s doubleheader begins at 10 a.m.

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“We have faith in them. Now they have to have faith in themselves,” Neitling said.

Schapper two-hits Vikings

Bishop Manogue pitcher Casey Schapper was a puzzle that the South Tahoe Vikings’ baseball team couldn’t solve Thursday in Reno.

Schapper pitched a two-hitter as the Miners routed the Vikings 15-2 in a Sierra Division game.

“He throws pretty hard and he throws a lot of strikes,” said STHS coach Matt Tillson. “If we were in the game, I think we could have gotten to him.”

The Vikings scored both of their runs in the second inning, trimming Manogue’s lead to 6-2. Gary Prescott started the rally with a walk and advanced to third on Kyle DiGrande’s double. Max DeLallo’s hard shot to short scored Prescott. Derek Holmgren plated DiGrande with a double down the right-field line.

The Miners, however, scored eight times in the third inning to put away the Vikings.

“For a 15-2 game, our kids didn’t play too bad. They didn’t quit,” Tillson said.

STHS (5-7 overall and 0-4 in the Sierra Division) plays a twin bill against Manogue on Saturday. Game 1 begins at 11 a.m.