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Tigers rip Vikings

Michael Traum

South Tahoe High’s softball team came back to earth after an emotional win earlier in the week, losing 6-1 to Douglas on Thursday in Minden.

The Vikings continued their hot hitting, collecting seven base knocks. But the girls couldn’t come up with the timely hits, said Tahoe coach Jan Johnson, whose squad had the bases loaded three separate times and left a total of nine runners stranded.

“We hit the ball and played good defense again. We just couldn’t get that one hit to break it open,” he said. “They had a couple of good shots and seven walks hurt us. But I think the kids played well overall.”

Rebecca Rippee did a majority of the damage for the Tigers, belting a solo homer and triple off Tahoe starter April Peterson, who went the distance and allowed eight hits. Douglas’ Kim Gonzales got the complete-game win.

The Vikes’ lone score came in the third inning. Amy Johnson singled before advancing to third on a fielder’s choice and Tiger error. Kelly Patterson plated Johnson with single.

Johnson and Sabrina Manning each had two hits, while Coach Johnson praised Bekah Foster, Megan Humphreys and Manning for their strong defensive efforts. The Vikes didn’t commit an error.

Tahoe (3-12, 1-5 league) travels to Galena on Saturday.

Off day for golfers

South Tahoe High’s golf team had an “off day” at Lakeridge Country Club in Reno Thursday.

In cold, slightly windy conditions, the Vikes could only muster a fifth-best total of 478 for 18 holes. Reno led the six-team field with a 404. Galena’s Travis Whisman was the low-medalist, firing a 72.

“It’s a tough golf course and we didn’t play it very well,” said Tahoe coach Mike Patterson, whose six players were seeing the course for the first time.

Adolph Zertuche was a Tahoe-tops of 92. Brian Huber carded a 93, Jory Mendes 96, Jeff Johnson 97 and Kip Gstettenbauer 100. Ricky Wasilchuk’s 112 was not factored.

The Vikes travel to Lighting W Ranch on Saturday for an 18-hole, league-wide event. The shotgun start begins at 10 a.m.


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