Carson needs comeback to beat South Tahoe
Carson High School got a scare in its home opener on Thursday, needing a comeback in the sixth inning to beat South Tahoe 9-5 in Northern 4A Zone baseball action.
The Senators (3-1) trailed 5-4 entering the bottom of the sixth but used a five-run outburst to avoid their second consecutive loss. Matt Leck capped a stellar day at the plate by delivering the game-winning hit, a screaming double down the left-field line that scored Brian Kleidosty and Darrell Rasner and gave the Senators a 7-5 lead.
Viking shortstop Jeff Jensen had his share of scares Thursday afternoon and was forced to leave the game in the first inning when he took a sharp ground ball to the face. Leck’s hard shot took one bounce and hit Jensen square on the mouth, knocking out four of his teeth. The game was delayed about 10 minutes. Jensen, who also needed four stiches, is listed as day-to-day.
Viking Thrace Ramsey was 2-for-4 with a double and two RBIs for South Tahoe, and Clay Giffin was 1-for-2 with two RBIs and a pair of walks.
After a run in the first, the Vikings (0-5) made it 4-0 by the bottom of the second.
Meanwhile, Ramsey was holding Senator hitters at bay. He stranded two runners in the first, then snuffed out another when he induced Tom Faulkner into a double play to end the second.
“Thrace was our everything guy today,” South Tahoe coach Doug Russell said. “He pitched, hit and was our one-man wrecking crew.”
Carson tied the game at 4-4 in the third when Spike Rasner drove home Leck, but South Tahoe scratched out another run in the fourth to re-take the lead.
That lead stood until the sixth, when Ramsey started to tire under a high pitch count. Darrell Rasner lined Ramsey’s 107th pitch to right, scoring Evan McQuirk, and then Leck hit his big double to give Carson its first lead.
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Senators Kendra Carlsen and Melissa Stone combined to shut down South Tahoe’s bats, and Carson High School rolled to a 12-0 win in five innings in their home opener Thursday.
Backed by a strong offense, Carlsen struck out four and didn’t walk a batter in her four innings. Stone pitched the final inning, striking out one.
Carson improved to 2-0, while South Tahoe dropped to 0-6.
“We have a little momentum,” Carson coach John Sullivan said. “We had a good victory over Fallon on Tuesday, but the South Tahoe girls haven’t been outside much because of the snow. We hit the ball hard, and it was a well-played game.”
Carson’s Jina Padilla was the offensive star, going 2-for-3 with four RBIs. Chrissy Joseph was 1-for-3 with two RBIs, and Nicole Freeman had a run-scoring sacrifice fly.
The Senators got seven runs in the first inning. Kellie Karasek had a run-scoring single after Freeman’s sac fly, and Padilla highlighted the inning with a bases-loaded triple.
Joseph singled in the second inning, driving in Karasek and Amanda Leon. Padilla added an RBI single in the fourth.
South Tahoe will try to pick up its first win during a doubleheader Saturday against Reno at Lampe Park in Gardnerville. Action starts at 10 a.m.
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