Carson defeats road weary South Tahoe
After losing to Carson High School 12-0 in five innings on Thursday at Ron McNutt Field, one wouldn’t be surprised if the South Tahoe’s baseball team is starting to feel like the beleaguered Western Warriors of the Western Baseball League.
The Warriors, coached by Carson High grad Charley Kerfeld, were the club that garnered national attention by spending several months on the road during the ’98 season after beginning the season as the Greys Harbor Gulls. That team folded midway through the schedule, but kept playing – with no home field or games – as the Warriors.
Like the Warriors, South Tahoe, officially the “home” team on Thursday, is growing accustomed to playing on the road. Because of lingering snow on their home diamond, the Vikings have played their first 14 Northern 4A zone games away from Todd Fields. But unlike the Warriors, who actually made the WBL playoffs, wins have been hard to come by for Vikes, who fell to 1-13 with the loss to the Senators.
“It doesn’t do much for the psyche,” South Tahoe coach Doug Russell said. “The players are used to having to play at someone else’s home field, but they’re a little down.
“If the weather holds, we should have home games on Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday. We might have to get lucky for the Tuesday game – we still can’t see any grass or dirt.”
In the end, the site of the game probably didn’t make much difference, as Senator pitcher David Camper made his best start of the season. He picked up the complete-game victory while allowing just two hits to South Tahoe’s Jeff Jensen and Tim Sprinkles.
Camper, who said he was frustrated with his recent starts, seemed to grow stronger as the game progressed and the Senator lead lengthened.
“I had been struggling in my last couple of starts, not throwing well,” said the senior right-hander. “This was a confidence builder. After I threw the first two innings, I settled down.”
With a doubleheader against Galena tonight, Carson coach Ron McNutt said Camper’s complete game was just what the Senators needed.
“It was a very good outing for David,” said McNutt, whose team raised its record to 9-4 with the win. “I had talked to him about the importance of stepping up his game, and how he would have to come through if we’re going to be a contender.”
Camper was given plenty of run support by the Senator batters, as Carson scored in each inning. The Senators got all the runs they would need in the first, as Carson’s first three batters – Ryan Bauman, Tony Faulkner and Brian Kleidosty – scored. Ben Moore would eventually get a two-RBI double in the fourth, which made the score 10-0 and sent the Vikings packing early due to the 10-run rule.
Carson hosts Galena in a twi-night doubleheader starting at 5 p.m. today. Before Thursday’s play, Carson had trailed the Grizzlies by one-half game in the standings. Senator ace Darrell Rasner is scheduled to start the opener.
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