South Tahoe softball swept at Fallon in season-opening series
FALLON, Nev. — The South Tahoe softball team opened its season against the defending state and league champions last weekend, March 18-19, and couldn’t break through for a victory. The Vikings suffered three double-digit defeats at Fallon to open their season on a sour note.
“What we’re trying to do is take this as a measuring stick,” Vikings coach Eric Owens said. “We have a lot to work on, and we’re hoping when the season ends that things will be a lot different.”
South Tahoe (0-3 I-A Northern) scored only one run in its three-game series against Fallon (3-0). Senior Bailey Barcellos scored the Vikings’ lone run of the set in the opener of Saturday’s doubleheader, squeezing in a run in a 20-1 defeat.
In the series opener Friday, South Tahoe fell 18-0. The Vikings concluded the series with a 10-0 defeat in the second game of Saturday’s twinbill.
“When you play a team of this caliber, what you pretty much have to do is play perfect,” Owens said. “They are beatable but they sure didn’t show it this weekend.”
The Vikings were originally scheduled to open the season March 11, but their game against Sacramento (Calif.) was moved and eventually postponed. South Tahoe didn’t have any games prior to the start of Div. I-A Northern League play as a result, instead making its season debut Friday.
“Just getting out here, we’ve been in the gym and snow,” Owens said. “But these guys are state champions and they don’t beat themselves. They showed that all weekend long.”
South Tahoe returns to action with a three-game series against Elko (5-2, 3-0) this weekend, March 25-26. The Vikings make their home debut Friday at 3 p.m. and play a doubleheader Saturday — first pitch is scheduled for 11 a.m.
“We’ve got to come out and go back to work,” Owens said.
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