Hug grabs home softball win over South Tahoe
South Tahoe High’s softball team couldn’t duplicate its April 11 defensive gem in Tuesday’s rematch against Hug, splitting the season series after Tuesday’s 11-3 loss.
The Vikings (4-16 overall and in Northern Nevada 4A play) played heady ball in the field for a 1-0 home win over the Hawks a week ago. But on Tuesday, Hug (4-15) took advantage of South Tahoe’s mistakes to even the series. Hug used eight walks and three errors to blow open a close game in the sixth inning.
“There you go,” said Vikings skipper Rich Barna. “That’s what happened.”
After a scoreless first inning, Hug generated four runs of four walks and a hit batter in the second.
“When you put five on and give up a hit, people start to score,” Barna said.
South Tahoe cut the lead to 4-2, then 5-3 in the sixth. Hug started hitting starter Vanessa Porter, then tied two more hits and two walks on reliever Corrine Edwards. By the end of the inning, the lead was 11-3. Hug retired South Tahoe’s side in the seventh to finish off the win.
Porter picked up the loss after seven runs, four hits, four walks and four strikeouts in six-plus innings. Tammy Cowen hit a double for South Tahoe, and Johnson, Kendra Terry, Jill Barna and Sid Xavier all ahd hits for South Tahoe.
The Vikings return to action with at least for games at the Reed High School Tournament on Saturday and Sunday in Sparks, Nev.
“They’ll be OK,” said Rich Barna, who will attend his son’s wedding in Anaheim, Calif., and turn the team over to assistant coach Glenn Roderick for the weekend. “We made some really silly mistakes and we’ll work out our problems. We’ll get it done.”
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