The light at the end of the tunnel that was South Tahoe High’s epic baseball-season-starting road trip ended up being a locomotive.
After battling through an eight-game, two-scrimmage road trip to start the year, South Tahoe found a freight train in the form of the hot-hitting Galena Grizzlies in its first home game Saturday. Galena came from behind to win the first game 13-11, then outslugged South Tahoe 14-5 in the second to stay perfect at 10-0.
“We ran into a team that is 10-0 that’s hitting the ball as well as anybody in the league,” said South Tahoe skipper Doug Russell, whose squad fell to 1-9 on the season. “We matched them. They just had one more big hit than we did.”
After falling behind 3-0 to start the first game of the Todd Fields doubleheader, South Tahoe rallied back with six runs in the third inning, and took an 8-5 lead after three. Galena responded to force a tie at nine and take a 13-9 lead in the seventh. South Tahoe managed two runs in the bottom of the seventh, but couldn’t hit Galena’s closer with the tying run at the plate. Reliever Chris Hannum picked up the loss, after starter Jarred Uppendahl gave up nine runs and seven hits in five innings.
In the second game, Galena jumped out to an 11-0 lead after three innings. South Tahoe fought back to force seven innings, but couldn’t cut the lead. Ryan Cullen picked up the loss.
Saturday’s losses followed an 8-7 defeat to Lowry at Winnemucca, where the Buckaroos scored three runs in the seventh inning to win it.
South Tahoe returns to action Thursday with a 3:30 p.m. game against visiting Carson at Todd Fields.
Grizzlies bats bomb Vikings softball
Galena evidently packed the right bats for both its weekend excursions to the Tahoe Basin, as the Grizzlies blanked South Tahoe’s softball team 20-0 Friday.
“They hit the ball well,” said Vikings skipper Rich Barna. “It didn’t matter where we threw the ball – they hit it wherever we threw it. Galena’s a good, aggressive team, and they just shut us down.”
The Grizzlies solved Vikings starter Vanessa Porter, who couldn’t record a strikeout. Jessica Cerasoli led South Tahoe with a 2-for-2 performance at the plate.
South Tahoe returns to action Thursday with a noon doubleheader at Elko.
Swimming Vikings split with McQueen
On Saturday, South Tahoe’s swim team submerged deeper into a season in the tough Zephyr League, splitting a meet with McQueen at Northwest Pool in Reno.
“I’m delighted with the boys, plus, this year, there’s a lot of team spirit where I can move people around into different events, which really helps,” said South Tahoe head coach Dale Bogard.
Despite being shorthanded, the boys beat McQueen’s shorthanded squad 143-55. McQueen, though, won in the girls meet, 197-85. Two more South Tahoe swimmers – Shaina Willen in the 200 individual medley and 100 backstroke, and Mannix Foster in the 100 breaststroke – posted zone qualifying times. Event winners for the South Tahoe boys included the boys A team of Jordan Hardy, Jon McKean, Conor Robinson and Jeff Koeck in the 200 medley relay; the A relay team of Robinson, Ian Antoine, Scott Miller and McKean in the 200 free relay; Miller in the 200 freestyle and 100 freestyle; Koeck in the 200 individual medley and the 500 freestyle; Robinson in the 100 butterfly; Hardy in the 100 backstroke; and McKean in the 100 breastroke.
Kristi Collins and Denise Bogard posted wins in the girls meet, in the 100 butterfly and 100 breaststroke, respectively.
The Vikings travel to an all-league invitational meet Saturday in Carson City.
Warriors track pushes forward
Whittell’s growing track team had a chance to see how it measured up against two big fields of competitors in a pair of weekend meets.
The Warriors sent their younger athletes to Friday’s Wooster’s invitational for freshmen and sophomores at Reed High in Reno, and the more experienced members of the team took on a stacked 4A field at the Elks Invitational in Fallon, Nev.
“It’s a higher level of competition, so it’s really good for our high-level athletes, like Luke (Forvilly) or Erin (Zaskoda) to get out there against the best of the best,” Warriors head coach Brian Rippet said of the Elks Invitational.
The same held for the younger athletes at the Wooster meet.
“The ones we took got to see they can compete against the big boys,” he said.
On Saturday, virtually all of Whittell’s athletes either bettered their personal or season records. Forvilly, a junior, took sixth with a 19-foot, 10-inch long jump, while Chauncey Lane had a 45.6-second time in his 300- meter hurdles debut, a time that would place him among the top three competitors in the district. Zaskoda, a senior who qualified for state last year, broke the 30-foot barrier in the triple jump for the first time this season, leaping 31 feet, 1/2 inches. Senior Matt Miller reset his personal record in the discus with a 102-foot, 6-inch throw, and Joel Warnick set his personal best with a 5-8 high jump mark.
On Friday, Argenis Flores and Jarret Guajardo shaved 18 and 12 seconds off their mile times, and Flores finished eighth.
Whittell returns to action on Saturday with a 2A and 3A meet at Smith Valley.
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