How ’bout them Vikings |

How ’bout them Vikings

Michael Traum, Tribune baseball writer

South Tahoe High’s baseball team started the season on a high note, going 3-1 at the Matt Williams Tournament last weekend in Carson City.

The Vikings beat Dayton 3-1, North Tahoe 7-2 and Bishop Union 5-1 before falling to Fallon 10-2.

Coach Ralph Clelan said his was pleased with the outings.

“We did stuff last weekend that we didn’t do all of last year,” Clelan said. “Our coaches called a great game and we learned a lot. Now we just have to work on the little things.”

Brett Uppendahl collected six strikeouts with just one walk while allowing three hits en route to a complete-game shutout vs. Dayton. Scott Fair bashed a double for the Vikes’ only hit. Scott Sauers, who also scored, completed a well-executed cutoff play to throw out a Dustdevil trying to score in the fourth inning.

Greg Bruso pitched three scoreless innings against North Tahoe before giving way to Carson Triggs, who got the win. Fair connected on a two-run double to tie it in the fourth, 2-2. The Vikes took the lead for good in the fourth when Brett Kostelnik put down a suicide squeeze, which scored Sauers. Corey Brown added a two-run double.

In the Bishop game, Scott Fair pitched three innings. Uppendahl entered in the fourth, with the Vikes up 5-2, allowing a walk and two hits before Triggs came on with the bases loaded to fan the Bishop hitter for the third out. The key play came in the third, when the Vikes doubled up a head-first diving Bishop player at home.

South Tahoe gets another chance at Fallon on Friday.

The Whittell High softball team picked up one victory in three tries at the Lovelock Tournament.

The Warriors beat North Tahoe 23-7, while falling to Lovelock 13-10 and Carlin 10-0.

“In the North Tahoe game, our seven, eight and nine hitters really contributed. They were on base nine times, which allowed our bigger hitters to knock them in,” said Whittell coach Keith Lewis, whose team pounded out 19 hits while earning 12 walks.

The bottom three, Leann Price, Rebecca Wells and Jennifer Simmons, scored eight runs. Sara Van Cleemput collected four strikeouts and no walks to get the win. Amanda Eaton had four RBIs, while Aurora Terry, Van Cleemput, Jennie Knutson and Alethia Flores each had three.

In the Lovelock loss, Terry had three hits, two RBI and two stolen bases. Van Cleemput added two hits with two RBIs and two runs. Flores had a double and two RBIs.

Whittell travels to Spring Creek and Carlin later this week.

The South Tahoe track and field team got its first dose of the outdoors on Saturday in Carson City.

The Vikings boys were led by Jeff Seitz, who finished first in the long jump at 20 feet, 8 inches, and first in the triple jump at 42-10. Elliott Hubler was second in the triple jump at 42 feet. For both boys, who are aiming at a state title, their triple jump efforts are two-and-a-half feet farther than last year’s first meet.

“There’s at least six guys that can jump 40 feet (in Northern Nevada). It’s going to be interesting,” said Viking coach Rick Brown. “They know it won’t be handed to them. Everybody’s going to be shooting for them.”

Freshman Matt Arzio posted a 5-minute, 11-second effort in the 1,600-meter run. Carson’s Alexander Tomas won with a 4:23.

Reno won the boys side with 131 points. Carson was second at 89.5, South Tahoe 35 and Lowry 24.5.

On the girls side, Tirah Samura turned some heads in her first varsity meet. The freshman was third in both the 100-meter high hurdles and 300 low hurdles, each place just hundreths out of first. She also won the high jump with a personal best of 5 feet.

Carson took the girls event with 120 points, with Reno 115, South Tahoe 20 and Lowry 13.

Overall, Brown said he was satisfied with the team’s nongymnasium experience this year.

“It’s a good place to start. The kids learned there’s a big difference running against (teams) that have been outside for some time,” he said. “We have to make sure they understand that our times will come down as we spend more time outside.”

The Vikings travel to the Fallon Invitational on Saturday.

Whittell High’s baseball team showed “fortitude” in a pair of losses last weekend at the Lovelock Tournament.

The Warriors fell behind early in both contests, fought to regain the lead, and then watched those advantages slip away in a 15-11 and 14-12 losses to Lovelock and Carlin, respectively.

“I’m not disappointed. We could’ve won both games. The kids responded well,” said Whittell coach Brian Geimer.

After allowing seven runs in the first inning against Lovelock, Whittell rallied to take an 11-10 lead after five innings thanks in part to two doubles and five RBIs by Patrick Geimer and Erik Knutson’s two hits. Bobby Lee was 2 for 5 with a double and RBI.

In the Carlin game, the Warriors were down eight runs after one frame. But again, they rallied, as Matt Raab was 3 for 5 with two doubles and three RBIs and Geimer added three hits with two RBIs.

“If we could get by the first inning, we would do great. Our pitchers did their jobs. Our defense kind of let us down,” Geimer said. “They showed fortitude to come back after being down.”

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