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Back-to-back homers not enough for 0-11 Vikings

Two Viking pitchers combined on a five-hitter and Thrace Ramsey and Jeff Jensen hit back-to-back homers, but winless South Tahoe High lost to Elko 7-3 Friday in Elko.

“We had a real good chance to win that game. Elko played well and they’re disciplined, and I’d like our chances against them if we played again,” said Viking manager Doug Russell, whose club dipped to 0-11 for the season.

Junior Tim Sprinkles, who led the Vikings with two hits, said one bad inning continues to haunt the team.



“We’re playing a lot teams tough now, but we have one bad inning usually and that is the hard part to deal with,” Sprinkles said.”It’s hard for us to put together a full seven innings without giving them a few extra outs.”

Ramsey pitched five innings, surrendering five hits while striking out six. Sprinkles, making his 1999 mound debut, tossed a scoreless sixth, fanning two Indians.




“It’s nice to have him back on the mound. We’ve been holding him down because he’s had some tenderness in his shoulder,” Russell said. “He give us another strong arm, and if he can come in and give us seven innings a week, that is really going to shore up our pitching staff.”

Tim Gilligan pitched the distance for Elko, giving up all six of STHS’s hits.

A freak snowstorm postponed the Vikings’ scheduled doubleheader with Wooster on Saturday in Reno. Originally scheduled for South Lake Tahoe, the teams will try to make up the twinbill April 12 at Todd Fields.

South Tahoe will seek its first win today in the Pleasanton Tournament. The Vikings open the three-game holiday tournament against Arcata, Calif., at 3 p.m.

“We’re going to break loose at the tournament. I can feel it,” Sprinkles said.

Whittell High’s track and field team should have brought their snowboards and cross country skis to Fernley on Saturday.

The Warriors ran into a blizzard after arriving in Fernley.

“We were going to at least try and get the running events in, but in 15 minutes there was half of an inch of snow on the track. Then they told us the first annual Ice Bowl was canceled and we left,” said Whittell coach Dan Makley.

Whittell will be idle until April 13 when the Warriors visit Yerington.

Tammy Cowen and Melissa Johnson had big weekends at the plate, but the South Tahoe High softball players’ stellar hitting didn’t prevent the Lady Vikings from dropping three games.

Cowen was 3 for 3, including a double, and scored three runs in the Lady Vikings’ 13-3 defeat to Elko on Friday in Elko. The Lady Vikings, whose only Nevada 4A League win came against Lowry, fell to 1-7 in league.

Elko broke open the game with a five-run uprising in the second inning and a six-run third. Five walks and five errors hurt STHS’s cause.

STHS’s Stephanie Terry had a RBI double and Megan Humphreys and Kathryn Baer each connected for a hit and RBI.

South Tahoe ran into overpowering pitching in the Reed Easter Tournament on Friday in Sparks.

Lassen, Calif., shut out the Lady Vikings on two hits, 8-0. Humphreys and

Nikki Kovalcheck accounted for STHS’s hitting.

Lassen benefitted from four STHS bases on balls in the second inning to score seven of its eight runs.

“Cut out that inning and we would have been in business,” said STHS coach Jan Johnson.

Melissa Johnson prevented the Lady Vikings from collecting another egg at the Easter tournament with three hits, including a triple, and a sacrifice fly, but Douglas rolled to an 11-2 victory.

Baer added two hits for the Lady Vikings, 1-12 overall. The Lady Vikings, whose game with Fallon on Saturday was canceled because of snow, is scheduled to play host to Galena on April 13.


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