Royal Valhalla opens rec softball season with 47-0 rout |

Royal Valhalla opens rec softball season with 47-0 rout

Tribune Staff Report

While the snow still covered the ground, Royal Valhalla must have regularly visited the batting cages in Reno. Or maybe the team stepped into the batting nets in the South Tahoe High gym after the Vikings were through practice.

Because there’s not secret this team can hit after its 47-0 battering of Baker Automotive in the opening night of the city of South Lake Tahoe Parks and Recreation Men’s B League softball season Tuesday.

In only four innings, Bob Davis smashed six hits, including a homer, and nine RBIs; Bill Connelly went 5 for 5 with a homer and eight RBIs; and Craig Cardella knocked in six runs with five hits.

Royal’s Jason McClood and Emilio Beaver each slugged a pair of triples and Rick Robinson delivered five hits and five runs.

Royal scored 11 runs in the first inning, nine in the second, 19 in the third and eight in the fourth.

Baker Automotive’s two hits came off the bats of Dean Eist and Lyle Burnett.

In other season-opening games Tuesday, Shehadi Motors humbled Tahoe Basin Appraisal 22-6 in five innings and Stardust/Americana didn’t bother showing up in its forfeit loss to Waterwheel.

Shehadi 22, TBA 6

Ricky Reich, Lou Cepeda and Matt Bailey each homered as Shehadi Motors completed the deal with Tahoe Basin Appraisal in five frames.

Cepeda launched a grand slam and Bailey added a two-run bomb during a nine-run first inning.

Reich finished with a homer, double, single and seven RBIs. Cepeda, Bailey, Jon Heatherton and David Santee supplied three hits for the winners.

Karl Keopen belted a three-run homer and singled, and Greg Evans chipped in three hits and a run for Tahoe Basin Appraisal.

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