Bad Sixth costs Viking nine |

Bad Sixth costs Viking nine

Matt O'Neill

One bad inning for South Tahoe was all the Douglas High Tigers needed to upend the Vikings 9-5 in 4A baseball action Thursday in Minden.

South Tahoe trailed the Tigers by only a run at 6-5 heading into the bottom of the sixth when poor defense in the outfield was the undoing for the Vikings.

“We were playing well until we started to throw the ball around a little,” Viking assistant coach Pat Hennessy said.

The Vikings spread out their hitting through the lineup as Jarred Uppendahl led the way by going 2 for 3 with a stolen base. Cory Poulen also was 2 for 3, while Toby O’Brien was 1 for 3 with a stolen base and Mike Hennessy was 1 for 2 and John Capitani was 1 for 4.

“We’re pretty even with a lot of the teams in the league. They’re just playing at a higher level right now,” Hennessy said.

The Vikings head to McQueen for a doubleheader on Saturday, beginning at 1 p.m.

Vikings get blanked

The South Tahoe Viking softball team managed only one hit in a 14-0 defeat to the Fallon Greenwave on a brisk Thursday afternoon at the Field of Dreams.

Freshman Melissa Artzer was the only Viking to connect for a base hit.

The Viking junior varsity team fared a little better as they fell 14-4 to Fallon.

Led by Missy Lucero’s 1-for-1 performance from the plate and a steal of home, the Vikings again fell to prey to the one bad inning.

Also having a good day hitting was Brittney Valenzuela, who went 2 for 3 and scored a run, Kylee Novasel was 1 for 2 and Amber Wyberg went 1 for 1 with a run batted in.

The Viking varsity heads to McQueen for a doubledip, while the junior varsity hosts the Lancers on Saturday.

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