Carson shuts out Vikings |

Carson shuts out Vikings

Melissa Stone shut out South Tahoe High on two hits as the Carson Senators rolled to a 13-0 Northern Nevada 4A League softball win Thursday at the Field of Dreams.

Carson erupted for eight runs in its first at-bat, benefitting from three walks from starter Vanessa Porter and three Vikings errors.

“We got off to a slow start in the first inning, and then we couldn’t hit the ball and made some errors,” Vikings manager Rich Barna said. “If you don’t hit the ball and you make errors, you lose games.”

Tammy Cowen and Stefanie Terry did give the Vikings a few baserunners. Cowen singled in the third inning, and Terry doubled in the fourth.

Stone struck out nine before the 10-run mercy rule came into play in the fifth inning.

Nicole Freeman homered for Carson.

South Tahoe (2-12) will try to make some of its dreams come true when the Vikings play host to Sparks in a 10 a.m. doubleheader on Saturday.

Libby Bigelow went 2 for 2 and Tara Cooney singled in the STHS JV’s16-3 loss to Carson City.

Fallon High brought a playoff-caliber team to Todd Fields on Thursday, and the South Tahoe nine didn’t produce enough hitting to pull the upset.

The Greenwave gave up nine hits to the Vikings, who had been hot at the plate in recent games, and cruised to a 12-3 Northern Nevada 4A League baseball victory in South Lake Tahoe.

“We played a pretty solid ball game today,” said Vikings manager Doug Russell. “Jared (Uppendahl) pitched a good game, but Fallon had some opportune hitting, and our bats just went silent.”

Uppendahl pitched 4 2/3 innings and junior Matt Connelly closed for South Tahoe. Connelly also came up big at the plate, socking a double and two singles. He scored a run and knocked in one. Mike Hennessy delivered two hits and an RBI.

The Vikings, 2-11, play a road doubleheader at Hug beginning at 10 a.m. Saturday in Reno.

Meanwhile, the Vikings junior varsity is showing some life, winning for the second time in three games with a 7-1 home thrashing of Fallon on Thursday.

Jordan Lucas pitched seven strong innings and the Vikings hit back-to-back-to-back homers in the sixth inning.

Lucas struck out six; gave up five hits, including a fifth-inning homer; and fanned six.

Justin Osborne, Lucas and Matt Mora hit successive homers in the sixth to break open a 3-1 contest. Osborne’s homer followed a double by Tommy Arrojo. Mora also homered earlier in the game, belting a two-run shot.

“It was nice to see because we’ve been struggling with our bats for a while,” said Vikings skipper Matt Tilson, whose club upped its record to 3-10.

South Tahoe plays host to Hug in a 10 a.m. Saturday doubleheader.

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