South Tahoe softball ends season at NIAA 3A regional tournament |

South Tahoe softball ends season at NIAA 3A regional tournament

J.P. Kelsey
The South Tahoe softball team huddles up before taking on opponents at the NIAA 3A League regional tournament. The team went 3-2 in play, but were elimated by Fernley High.
Courtesy/ Brooke Williamson |

The South Tahoe softball team completed its season Saturday, May 13, at the NIAA 3A League regional tournament — being finished off, 8-2, by Fernley High in their second loss of the double-elimination tournament.

“We had a very interesting season where we spent a majority of it inside, preparing due to weather,” said South Tahoe head coach Eric Owens. “And we went through losing streaks, then winning streaks, then losing, but we managed to finish strong to secure the fourth seed and have a home game in the regionals.”

The Vikings were able to hang in the tournament for several games, going 3-2 overall, and pulling out some close games.

Game one on Thursday showed a lot of promise for the Vikings, winning 8-1 against Elko High. South Tahoe’s defense was showing off just as much as the offense in the game.

The Vikings were showing consistency with their hitting by putting three runs on the scoreboard in the second inning, four in the fourth inning and one for good measure in the sixth inning. South Tahoe’s defense held the Indians to only four hits.

Later that day in game two Churchill County proved to be a tougher opponent. The Lady Greenwave hammered away at South Tahoe’s defense early in the game to put up 10 runs by the third inning.

The Vikings couldn’t seem to get a read on Fallon pitcher Kayla Buckmaster — she gave up only three hits in the game, which was called in the fifth inning at 10-0.

The Vikings came back strong the next day in another double-header to take on Dayton and Lowry High Schools. After having some trouble gaining offensive momentum, the Vikings eventually overcame Dayton’s efforts for a 2-1 win.

The game against Lowry was something out of a sports movie — South Tahoe had to win in order to advance and the game was going into extra innings. Going into the ninth inning, the game was still at 2-2, and it was anybody’s to win. After the defense held Lowry time and time again, it was time for the offense to kick in their part. South Tahoe finally brought one of their girls home for the 3-2 win and advance.

South Tahoe had stayed alive as long as it could, however. Their game Saturday against Fernley was a tough loss and they couldn’t seem to catch up with their opponent.

“We had some really good games in the wins over Elko, Dayton and Lowry,” said Owens. “And some mistakes we made in the losses against Fallon and Fernley are something to learn from. Overall, making it to the semi-finals was something the players, parents and coaching staff are very proud of.”

Owens said that there were a lot of takeaways from the season and that he’s looking forward to building the team even further. The Vikings will lose some key senior players that held leadership roles, but coaches are confident in their future roster. Owens went on to explain that the seniors helped tremendously with the success of the team and were great examples of student athletes.

“The coaching staff would like to thank the amazing parent support system we had this year— one of the reasons for future success to continue,” said Owens. “As well as our very hard working AD who stepped in and made things happen for our team this year and was very supportive. In softball, the goal is to make it home, and home is where family is, and our team is and always will be in the Viking family.”

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