STHS softball ends season on high note
Vikings sweep Hug to finish 5-18
In a season highlighted by baby steps, the South Tahoe High softball team had one big goal in mind before the season ended – sweep Hug.
The Vikings accomplished their goal on Saturday at Field of Dreams, taking the first game of the doubleheader 10-0 in five innings, then holding off a late rally in the second game to win 7-6. South Tahoe (5-19 overall, 4-17 division) won four of its final six games to end season.
“Since our first practice outside was just before the first North Valleys game, it feels like our season is just getting started,” said second-year coach Joann Allister. “Besides beating Hug, one of our other goals was to take two games from North Valleys, but we only got one from them. The girls learned how to become gracious winners this season.”
In the first game on Saturday, Mollie Novasel only faced 19 batters and pitched a complete game in the win. After committing six errors in a 21-17 victory over the Hawks on Thursday, the Vikings didn’t make a single error behind Novasel on Saturday.
Danielle Lowe went 3 for 3, while Shaylene McLaughlin and Brittany Barcellos each recorded two hits for South Tahoe, which scored four runs in the bottom of the first to seize control.
In the second game, the Vikings scored four runs in the bottom of the fourth to go up 5-2. The Vikings added another run in the sixth before Hug (0-21 division) scored four runs in the seventh to make things interesting. Kelly Bartlett was credited with the win on the mound.
Offensively the Vikings were led by Barcellos, who hit her first home run of the season in the sixth inning, and Bernadette Schneeberg and Sierra Jett, who combined for four hits.
“I’m very excited about next season,” Allister said. “We lose two seniors, Mollie Novasel and Anna McCracken. The girls have really improved from the beginning of the season.”
WHS softball is No. 4 seed
The Whittell softball team will be the No. 4 seed at this week’s Northern 2A regional tournament in Lovelock. The Warriors had to forfeit Friday’s final league doubleheader at Lovelock because three players had an Advancement Placement test.
Whittell finished the regular season 5-12 overall and 2-4 in league. The Warriors face top-seeded Battle Mountain in the first round of the tournament on Friday at 10 a.m. The double-elimination tournament ends on Saturday.
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