Softball team ends season
South Tahoe High’s softball team finished its season Saturday with a doubleheader against Elko at Tahoe Valley Elementary School, dropping both, 8-1 and 15-3.
The Vikings went out needing two wins in order to make the playoffs. But the girls started off a little slow, allowing six runs in the first inning of game one.
“We had some mental mistakes, which allowed them to get up,” said Tahoe coach Jan Johnson.
Pitcher April Peterson offered the ball up for play and the Tahoe defense responded, allowing only two runs for the rest of the game. Senior Bekah Foster relieved Peterson in the seventh inning.
“We’re glad the girls hung in there with just nine players. It was tough at the end,” said Johnson, who, out of necessity, gave Foster her first-ever bump action.
Kelly Patterson had two hits while Brooke Peterson, Megan Humphrys, Kathryn Baer and Foster each added a hit.
In the second game, the Vikings remained excited despite being out of the playoffs. The girls started off well, scoring two runs in the first inning. April Peterson singled and scored on a Brooke Peterson base hit. Kelly Patterson also singled and later scored in the inning.
Elko continued to hit the ball well, finding many of Tahoe’s gaps. Three runs in the first and four in the second made the difference.
The Vikes also hit it hard but couldn’t break the cycle of smacking it right at someone.
A Foster solo homer in the fourth inning highlighted the Tahoe attack.
“It was a good way for Bekah to end her career,” said Johnson, who also saw Kelly Patterson and Cara Marshall play their last games. “Patterson also finished off well with a few hits and a good defensive game.
“We’re excited about next year. We have a young team with a lot of experience.”
All in all, the Vikings put out a good effort. They played hard and never gave up. April Peterson had three hits, Patterson and Brooke Peterson each had two hits while Maren Taylor, Foster and Jennifer Perasso each added a hit.
“We definitely improved since the beginning of the year,” said Perasso, a junior. “It’s unfortunate it had to end.”
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