South Tahoe softball wins series at Spring Creek, finishes fourth in Div. I-A Northern League
Div. I-A Northern League Tournament
Thursday-Saturday, May 12-14 at Spring Creek
Game 1: (4) South Tahoe (13-12) vs. (5) Elko (14-14), 8 a.m.
Game 2: (3) Lowry (17-9) vs. (6) Spring Creek (12-16), 10:30 a.m.
Game 3: South Tahoe-Elko winner vs. (1) Fallon (22-2), 1 p.m.
Game 4: Lowry-Spring Creek winner vs. (2) Fernley (22-6-1), 3:30 p.m.
Game 5: G2 Loser-G3 Loser, 8 a.m.
Game 6: G1 Loser-G4 Loser, 10:30 a.m.
Game 7: G3 Winner-G5 Winner, 1 p.m.
Game 8: G4 Winner-G6 Winner, 3:30 p.m.
*Game 9 (if G3 Winner loses): 8 a.m.
*Game 10 (if G4 Winner loses): 8 or 10:30 a.m.
Game 11 (Championship): 11 a.m. or 1 p.m.
SPRING CREEK, Nev. — The South Tahoe softball team closed out its regular season with a series win on the road last Wednesday and Thursday, May 4-5. The Vikings took two of three at Spring Creek, victories that secured a fourth-place finish in Div. I-A Northern League.
The three-game set between the Vikings and Spartans was moved up two days to avoid potential inclement weather, and South Tahoe (13-12, 13-11 I-A Northern) took the first two games before dropping the series finale. Spring Creek (12-16, 10-14) is headed to the playoffs as the sixth seed.
In the series opener, South Tahoe rolled to a 14-2 victory in six innings. Ahead 6-2 headed into the sixth, the Vikings put eight on the board to enact the 10-run rule.
Junior Kendra Conard hit two home runs in Wednesday’s win, finishing 4-for-4 with four RBIs and four runs. Junior Brooke Erdody collected a team-high five hits to go along with three RBIs and a run, as a team South Tahoe tallied 18 hits.
In the circle, Conard allowed two runs on five hits in 6.0 innings. The right-hander struck out eight and walked one.
In the first game of Thursday’s doubleheader, the Vikings held on for a 13-9 win. South Tahoe opened up an 11-run lead after the top of the fifth, and survived a late comeback attempt from Spring Creek.
Offensively, Conard led the way with a home run and double — she finished 3-for-4 with six RBIs and four runs. Senior Nora Anderson also collected three hits, going 3-for-5 with three RBIs and two runs.
Conard allowed nine runs on eight hits in 7.0 innings, but only two were earned. The junior finished with seven strikeouts and no walks.
In the series finale, South Tahoe fell 14-4 in five innings. The Spartans scored five runs in the first and poured it on with an eight-run third to send the Vikings to defeat.
Conard collected a team-high three hits the loss, finishing 3-for-3 with three RBIs. Anderson hit a home run, and went 2-for-2 with an RBI.
Freshman Malorie Neiger started and pitched 3.0 innings in Thursday’s finale with Anderson and junior Carina Giardina each throwing a frame of relief. This season, the Vikings are winless in six games when Conard doesn’t start.
South Tahoe’s regular season finale against Whittell scheduled for Tuesday, May 10, has been canceled. The fourth-seeded Vikings open the Div. I-A Northern League Tournament on Thursday, May 12, at Spring Creek against fifth-seeded Elko. The double-elimination tournament continues Friday and Saturday, May 13-14.