Vikings bomb Lakers
The South Tahoe High baseball team apparently stored up a lot of energy over Spring Break and they let it all out against North Tahoe High on Tuesday.
The Vikings exploded for a 14-0 road win, setting a season-high for runs and allowing only four hits to the Lakers as Peter Maes and Justin Keys teamed up to shut down the North Tahoe offense.
Keys and Shawn McLaughlin had three RBIs each, while A.J. Russo and Marcus McKinnon both had two. McKinnon returned from a dislocated shoulder to get two hits and score three runs as well.
“We just hit the heck out of the ball and played errorless defense,” South Tahoe head coach Doug Russell said. “I think we came back pretty loose and the guys were just hungry to play baseball. I think over the week off we realized that we do enjoy the sport and we do enjoy each other.”
The Vikings (3-15 overall) will look to get their first Sierra Division win against North Valleys High later this week. The teams will play a single game at North Valleys on Thursday, then head to South Tahoe for a doubleheader on Saturday. The teams are at the bottom of the division standings, with North Valleys owning a single win.
“We’re ready to battle them and end on a good note,” Russell said. “I think both teams are looking at each other as someone they can knock off and pick up some wins.”
Pavich earns seventh victory
The Whittell High baseball team used four pitchers to get by Virginia City 14-8 on Tuesday as Chris Pavich picked up his seventh win of the season.
Chris Shapiro, Ryan Gosh and Sho Kashima also took the hill for the Warriors (12-10 overall), who scored 10 unanswered runs for a 13-4 lead by the fifth inning and cruised to victory at Lampe Park in Gardnerville.
“I was trying to give everybody a little work. That’s how I approach these Tuesday games,” Whittell head coach Don Amaral said. “It gives me a chance to experiment with some things.”
One thing Amaral won’t want to tinker with is his lineup. Pavich and Marcus Mellberg combined to score seven runs at the top of the lineup, while Danny Shapiro had six RBIs and brother Chris drove in three. The brothers were a combined 6 for 8 at the plate.
The Warriors visit North Tahoe on Thursday, then host a doubleheader against White Pine on Saturday.
WHS edges Virginia City in cold
The Whittell softball team beat Virginia City 3-2 in a game that was abbreviated due to cold weather.
Kaitie Green allowed only one hit over five innings and didn’t give up an earned run for the Warriors.
Whittell scored all three of its runs in the second inning as Sara Piccola knocked a two-run single, then scored on a Whitney Gielow hit.
The team’s coaches agreed before the game to play only five innings and that’s exactly what happened. Whittell head coach Lindsay Wines said it was the coldest game during her years with the program.
“Considering the conditions out there, I thought the girls did a great job,” she said. “It was exceptionally cold. I was ready to call the game in the first inning and get home.”
The Warriors visit North Tahoe High on Thursday, then host a doubleheader against White Pine on Saturday.
STHS golfers top best result
The South Tahoe High golf team took its best finish in league play this season at Rosewood Lakes Golf Course in Reno on Tuesday, firming up its chances at a regional tournament spot.
Dan D’Angelo and Alex Yure shot matching 86s on a blustery day to lead the Vikings, who finished sixth at the 15-team Northern Nevada League event. Dylan Yuzbick and Kevin Fannan each shot 90, while Brandon Bruzzese finished with a 98 for a total of 450. Galena High took the team competition with a 393, while Sparks’ Greg Wenzel won individual honors with an even-par 72.
South Tahoe is tied for seventh place in the league standings with eight berths available for the regional tournament, which is three weeks away.
“The better news is that we have a little cushion over Douglas, which is in ninth (place),” South Tahoe head coach Mike Patterson said. “The ball’s really in our court. If we perform, we’ll make the tournament.”