1966 Field of Dreams II debuts
South Tahoe High’s junior varsity softball team hosted its season finale doubleheader against Douglas on Saturday at the Field of Dreams II, inaugurating a field that has been unusable for 37 years.
“There has never been an athletic contest on that thing since that school first opened in 1966,” said South Tahoe’s Athletics Director Don Borges.
Borges should know; he was there.
The field, which is adjacent to Field of Dreams at South Tahoe High School, has been at the forefront of efforts by three agencies, the city of South Lake Tahoe, South Lake Tahoe Unified School District and the Community Athletic Coordinating Council.
The entities pooled funds to complete a $20,000 drainage system last year, which effectively eliminated the pool of water that collected in midfield during spring.
There is additional discussion regarding scoreboards, rest rooms, a storage facility, concessions stand, watering system and additional sod.
All in good time, Borges said. The important thing is the consortium is moving forward and making progress.
“Maybe by next year we’ll have a good little field over there,” he said.
Rich Barna, manager of the Viking softball team, and Doug Bigelow, the assistant coach, forged ahead with the project a few weeks ago by putting in the bases, building a mound, and drawing lines.
The field won’t work for baseball, but it will eventually become the official Viking junior varsity softball field.
The softball team finished its season losing both games to Douglas, 16-0 and 16-1.
Last Thursday, the Vikings lost to Reno 16-1.
The team finished the season in fifth place at 5-13 in league.
The team showed improvement throughout the year, but it wasn’t enough to beat teams who have a warmer, dry season for most of the spring.
During the weekend of games, senior Kendra Terry connected with the ball for a double and Libby Bigelow hit, breaking the no-hitting streak against Reno that went back two games. Bethany Van Baren scored.
On Saturday, the team picked up four hits against Douglas in game one: Missy Lucero went 2 for 3; Dede Crist and Kylie Novasel had hits.
“Unfortunately it’s the end of the season, but we’re hitting the ball. We’re getting better,” said assistant coach Glenn Roderick. Team manager Rich Barna was out of town watching his son play his last college game before graduating.
In game two, Saleen Hancock, Erika Schimmel and Kylie Novasel had hits.
As the last high school game of the season for the seniors, the coaches allowed them to play any position they wanted. Terry played at No. 1.
“For a pitcher who has never pitched a game before she did a really admirable job,” Roderick said.
Terry allowed one unearned run, and didn’t walk any batters.
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