Baby steps continue for STHS softball |

Baby steps continue for STHS softball

Jeremy Evans

When Joann Allister took over the South Tahoe softball program, she knew she was facing a rebuilding process. Slowly, but surely, that process has taken place during her first two seasons.

The Vikings went 4-17 in the Sierra League in 2006, then improved by one game last season by going 5-16 – the team’s most league wins in over a decade. If STHS only wins six games, is that enough for the third-year coach?

“I’ll take every one of those baby steps,” Allister said. “I am excited about this team. We have some young talent, and I like the mentality of this team. I am still teaching, but these kids have been in the program long enough now that they know what I expect.”

The Vikings, who have never qualified for the Northern 4A regional tournament, opens the season on Friday morning against Lee Vining in the opening game of the Yerington tournament. South Tahoe plays three more games in the tournament, then will participate in the Reed tournament the following weekend.

By then, Allister should have a pretty good idea of her starting lineup because, at the moment, nothing is set. However, there are several players she will count on.

Junior Brittany Barcellos, who was a first-team all-league player as a sophomore, will be the team’s center fielder. Her on-base percentage (.750) led the league last year, and she hopes to use her speed to become even more of a threat on the bases.

“We have a lot to learn this year, but every girl on our team has heart,” Barcellos said. “I am going to expect a lot more out of myself this year, and I want to make sure I keep my teammates up and help the team out any way I can.”

Senior Kelly Bartlett, who was a second-team all-league selection in 2007, will be the team’s primary pitcher to enter the season.

Cindy Lucero, who was the JV team’s dominant pitcher last season, and Danielle Henson will provide depth on the mound.

Henson, freshman Moriah Lane, Missy Miller and Karen Ervin are all fighting for starting spots in the infield, and several players are also battling for the other two outfielder spots.

“Everything is pretty much up for grabs at the moment,” Allister said. “Hopefully we’ll go through some situations this weekend and learn some more about our team. I just want to get us on dirt right now.”

South Tahoe’s first home game is scheduled for April 12. With several feet of snow covering Field of Dreams, that date may be pushed back. But home or away, Allister thinks her team can challenge others in the league.

“Reno is just crazy again … I don’t think they lost more than a few players from last year, and they are a team that hasn’t lost in two years,” Allister said. “I would expect the same thing to happen again this year, but then it’s kind of up in the air.”

2008 STHS Softball Schedule

Date Opponent Time

Fri-Sat Yerington tourney TBA

March 14-15 Reed tourney TBA

March 20 Hug 3:30 p.m.

March 22 Hug (2) 3:30 p.m.

March 27 Damonte 3:30 p.m.

March 29 Damonte (2) 10 a.m.

April 3 Carson 3:30 p.m.

April 5 Carson (2) 10 a.m.

April 10 Douglas 3:30 p.m.

April 12 Douglas (2) 10 a.m.

April 17 Wooster 3:30 p.m.

April 19 Wooster (2) 10 a.m.

April 24 No. Valleys 3:30 p.m.

April 26 No. Valleys (2) 10 a.m.

May 1 Reno 3:30 p.m.

May 3 Reno (2) 10 a.m.

May 8-10 Regionals TBA

May 15-17 State TBA

Note: Home games are in bold.

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