South Tahoe softball opens season at Elko, drops two of three |

South Tahoe softball opens season at Elko, drops two of three

Anthony Gentile
South Tahoe’s Nina Barnhart prepares to slide against Elko catcher Megan Finlayson in a Div. I-A Northern League game last Saturday. Barnhart scored on the play.
Courtesy Anthony Mori / Elko Daily Free Press |

ELKO, Nev. — The South Tahoe softball team began its season on a successful note last weekend — but couldn’t take its opening series. The Vikings dropped two straight at Elko in a doubleheader Saturday, a day after notching a 14-10 win over the Indians in their season debut.

In Friday’s series opener, South Tahoe held off Elko 14-10 in a back-and-forth contest. Both teams combined for 15 runs over the last two innings as the Vikings outlasted the Indians to prevail in their season opener.

The Vikings opened the scoring in the top of the first and broke a 1-1 tie two innings later by scoring four runs. South Tahoe led 6-1 when Elko got its bats going — the Indians scored two in the bottom of the fourth to make it a three-run game.

STHS opened up a 10-3 lead in the top of the sixth, but saw it shrink to two runs in the next half inning. Needing one more offensive push to close out Elko, Drue Chapman smacked a three-run homer in the top of the seventh to ice the game.

The Vikings hit three home runs in their win over the Indians on Friday — including two from Kendra Conard, who went 4-for-4 and was the winning pitcher. Chapman finished 3-for-4 with four RBIs and Bailey Barcellos was 2-for-3 with two RBIs.

In the first game of Saturday’s doubleheader, South Tahoe fell victim to an offensive outburst. The Vikings lost to Elko 20-7 in five innings, with the Indians delivering the knockout blow courtesy of an eight-run fourth.

South Tahoe opened the scoring with three runs in the top of the first, and Elko answered in the bottom half of the inning to take a 4-3 lead. The Vikings reclaimed the lead with two runs in the top of the second, but Elko responded with a big inning — the Indians crossed the plate seven times in the bottom of the second to take an 11-5 lead.

Both teams traded a run apiece in the third before Elko put the game out of reach. After South Tahoe went scoreless in the top of the fourth, the Indians put up eight runs in the bottom half to make it 20-6 — the Vikings couldn’t avoid the mercy rule despite scoring a run in the fifth.

For the Vikings, Barcellos homered in the loss and pitched the entire game. South Tahoe was out hit by Elko 23-5 in defeat.

In the second game of Saturday’s doubleheader, South Tahoe fell to Elko 11-3. The Vikings managed only three hits against the Indians, as the hosts completed the sweep of the twinbill and won the series.

South Tahoe struck first with a run in the top of the first, but trailed 3-1 after the first inning. The Vikings crossed home plate twice in the third to pull within 4-3, but were unable to score the rest of the way — Elko (6-3, 2-1 I-A Northern) scored one in the fourth then produced back-to-back three-run frames in the fifth and sixth to win going away.

South Tahoe (1-2) returns to action Friday, when it begins a three-game series at Sparks (1-3). First pitch Friday is scheduled for 3 p.m. — Saturday’s doubleheader starts at 11 a.m.

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