California dreamin’: South Tahoe picks up first Field of Dreams win
South Tahoe High came back from a loss in the first half of Saturday’s home doubleheader for its first-ever softball win at the school’s Field of Dreams.
After dropping the first game 4-0 to Sparks on Saturday, Rich Barna’s Vikings came back to beat the Railroaders 3-1 in the second game. The field behind the school opened for the first time toward the end of South Tahoe’s softball season, but the Vikings didn’t win on the field.
“The girls did well in the respect that they lost the first game 4-0, but they came back to win the second game,” said Vikings skipper Rich Barna, whose club is 3-13 on the season after the split. “They kept their heads up and played well to win the second game.”
In the first game, Sparks took advantage of three Vikings errors, adding a late, unearned run to make the final margin. Starting pitcher Missy Johnson struck out three and walked one in picking up the loss. Tabitha Porter led the Vikings from the plate going 2-for-2, and Corrine Edwards had another single.
But in the second game, South Tahoe rallied behind sophomore first base Kendra Terry and her defense. Terry had three put-outs, a double play and seven assists as the fielders helped starter Vanessa Porter improve to 2-6 despite not recording a strikeout. Terry also got on base to lead off the first inning, then stole second. Johnson’s subsequent single scored Terry, then Porter singled in Johnson to give South Tahoe a 2-0 lead. After five scoreless innings, Sparks parlayed three Vikings errors into an unearned run, but South Tahoe added an insurance run in the next innings when Edwards scored Jill Barna.
Edwards finished the day with three hits and an RBI, and Johnson was 2-3 in the second game with an RBI to go with her three defensive put-outs.
South Tahoe returns to action at 3:30 p.m. Tuesday when Hug visits the Field of Dreams for a game.
Vikes can’t finish Hug in baseball DH
South Tahoe High had Hug’s baseball team on the ropes Saturday after a 2-1 road win, but couldn’t finish the doubleheader sweep.
After a gritty Vikings win behind Toby O’Brien’s pitching and solid fielding, Hug hit a grand slam to go up 10-0 and end the secondgame in the sixth. South Tahoe is 3-13 in league play after the weekend.
“It’s always nice to get a win, but playing as well as we did in game 1, I would have thought we would’ve come out with more energy,” said Vikings skipper Doug Russell, whose team split a doubleheader after winning the first game for the second consecutive week. “We really need to come out with the lever down and put a team out.”
O’Brien faced just 25 batters Saturday, striking out three and giving up just two hits and one walk in seven innings. That, coupled with some sharp fielding, allowed South Tahoe to win despite having just six hits in the game. Vikings first baseman Mike Hennessy broke a scoreless tie, leading off the fourth inning with a solo home run, and Matt Connolly sacraficed in Brandon Tinlin an inning later for the winning run.
But in the second game, Hug roughed up South Tahoe starter Ryan Cullen, jumped out to a 3-0 lead, and held on for the win.
South Tahoe returns to action this week with a home game at 3:30 p.m. Tuesday against Lowry.
Small Whittell big at huge Reed track meet
The eight track athletes Whittell sent to the huge Reed Invitational came up bigger than their team’s small size would indicate.
Whittell left a definite impression on the 1,700-plus-athlete meet in Sparks.
“Everybody did pretty well, so it was exciting to see that,” said first-year Warriors coach Brian Rippet.
Whittell’s best performances came from its distance runners. In the school’s first-ever distance medley relay Friday, Argenis Flores, John Nunnally, Jarret Guajardo and Ben Johnson took second, coming close to beating their 4A host, Reed. Flores led off with a time of 3 minutes, 39 seconds in the 1,200-meter leg, and Johnnson made up 800 yards on his first lap in the one-mile leg.
The next day, freshman Kim McGlothlin shaved a full minute off her school record in the two-mile, finishing in 13:20 to better a mark she recently re-set. McGlothlin finished ninth overall, but was the top runner from the Northern Nevada 3A League in the race.
Saturday, Flores, Guajardo and Brian Beebe also set personal records in the 3,200, while senior long jumper Erin Zaskoda had a season-best 14-foot, four-inch long jump.
Whitell returns to action Saturday with a meet at Pershing County.
High jumper James Clemmer and South Tahoe’s distance runners paced the team at the huge Reed Invitational on Saturday.
“I’m excited about the kids,” said South Tahoe head coach Rick Brown. “We’re not losing numbers and we’re starting to show some real promise in the discus. We’ve got the distance guys lowering their times and looking better every time they go out there. I think we’re going to peak when we have to. I’m still looking forward to a good battle for the zone championship, and hopefully, we can be in there.”
Clemmer, improving since an ear problem slowed him at the beginning of the season, set a new personal best on Saturday, clearing 6 feet, 5 inches.
Grant Carter was second in the 800 meters, winning the first heat in 2 minutes, 4.05 seconds, and Manuel Lomeli was third in the 1,600 meters, finishing in 4 minutes, 36 seconds with an intelligently planned race. Cory Martin finished third in South Tahoe’s first steeplechase of the season, running the 2,000 meter obstacle race in 7:03. Jeff Cosmi was seventh and Carter eighth.
Jake Hurwitz missed the 100 meters, and still is nursing sore hamstring.
Reno won the meet with 72 points.
Warriors struggle at Rosewood Lakes
Dustin Fox and Ryan Salomon were on for their Whittell High golf team on Friday, but very little else was working for the Warriors, who took fourth in a Northern Nevada 3A match.
Fox shot his third 77 of the year, good for second place at Rosewood Lakes in Reno, the home course for host Bishop Manogue, and Salomon was fifth with an 81, but they couldn’t prevent what Whittell coach Frank Bruno called his team’s worst match of the year. Whittell finished with a team score of 443, fourth behind Manogue (410), Incline (414) and Dayton.
“In this league, that’s not going to do anything,” Bruno said. “It’s a pretty competitive league this year.
The Warriors return to action Thursday with a league meet at Dayton.
Keith Truswell shot an 88, Lars Hansen a 92, and Brian Johnson had a 105 for Whittell.
Bishop Manogue’s three-point win over South Tahoe in boys swimming Saturday was comparatively huge, as the Vikings lost by just a point in the girls meet.
Manogue swept the Zephyr League meet at Northwest Pool in Reno, but not by much. Manogue’s girls edged South Tahoe’s, 144.5-143.5, while the Miners won the boys meet 116-113.
“South Tahoe had a great meet,” said Vikings coach Dale Bogard. “I was impressed with their effort and attitude. We are doing better every meet with faster times and fewer disqualifications.
Individual winners for South Tahoe included Kristi Collins (200 meter and 50 freestyle), Denise Bogard (200 individual medley and 100 breaststroke), Jessica Tinlin (50 freestyle) and Lisa Anton, (500 freestyle). The Vikings girls 200 medley and 200 freestyle (both Anton, Bogard, Collins and Tinlin) relay teams also finished first.
South Tahoe has three dual meets left. The Vikings return to Reno Saturday to compete against Reed, and will play host to Galena April 21.
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