Vikings continue hot start
South Tahoe High continued its winning ways throughout the Carson Invitational Baseball Tournament by picking up four more wins, while dropping only one to improve to 5-1 on the season.
On Friday, the Vikings defeated the Hawthorne Serpents, 5-1.
Junior Matt Mora started on the mound for STHS, but was relieved by John Capitani in the second inning.
“John just kept them guessing the whole time,” Viking manager Doug Russell said. “His knuckleball was working well.”
Capitani also delivered two hits and a pair of runs batted in, while Ryan Cullen also had two RBIs.
The big inning for the Vikings came in the fourth as Mike Tillson opened with a single, followed by a walk, before Capitani blasted his RBI double.
Capitani was then driven in by Cullen’s single.
The Vikings lost Friday’s second game in a snowstorm as the Lowry blanked STHS 10-0.
South Tahoe bounced back Saturday to hand White Pine a 5-1 loss as Toby O’Brien went the distance on the mound, giving up four hits while striking out three.
Ryan Daugherty blasted a two-run double to score Brandon Tinlin and Royce Reardon.
In the fourth, Robert Spees knocked in two runs with a single, scoring Peter Chiarpotti and Tony Brillante.
Mora and Reardon spearheaded a strong defensive game for the Vikings, which turned two double plays
In the final game of the tournament, South Tahoe defeated Bishop, Calif., 5-1.
Matt Connelly and Cory Poulen combined for the win and Mac Christianson opened the game with a home run.
The contest was tied at one apiece when Capitani delivered a two-out triple. Capitani was driven in by O’Brien and Poulen blasted a two-run bomb to push the final score to 5-1.
“John is on fire right now,” Russell said. “We also had different people stepping up; everyone is hitting line drives.
“In a perfect world, we have nine guys who can hit it out at any time.”
Whittell has a tough weekend
Adjusting to the outdoors early in the season has always been a problem for the two area prep baseball programs.
This weekend was no different for the Whittell Warriors as errors were the undoing of the ball club throughout the four games.
Playing in the Carson Preseason Invitational Tournament, the Warriors (0-5) took on all 3A and 4A schools and had little trouble hitting the ball. But adjusting to a dirt infield was another matter, preventing Whittell from getting its first win of the season.
“The only team we could’ve beaten was Bishop,” Warrior coach Don Amaral said. “But we did hit the ball very well.”
Against Fernley on Friday, Whittell’s six errors in two innings gave the Vaqueros the 8-6 win.
In the third and fourth innings, Fernley scored five runs on only three hits, while the Warriors scored their runs in the fourth and fifth.
In the fourth inning, sophomore Tyson Fredericks opened with a base hit, followed by a single by Travis Purdy.
Fredericks came into score after a walk and a fielder’s choice.
In the fifth, the Warriors started the inning with a pair of walks before a Brandon Lee single. A walk by Thomas Hunter forced in one run before a free pass was issued to Fredericks, forcing in a second.
Harrison Elkins then cleared the bases with a double, driving in three runs.
In the second game of the day, against Bishop, the Warriors committed six errors in an 11-0 loss.
“We just didn’t execute at all,” Amaral said.
Saturday was the same story for the Warriors as they dropped the first game of the day 9-6 to Truckee.
The Wolverines had the bases loaded with two outs, but four errors by the Whittell infield allowed the floodgates to open.
The Warriors scored six runs, but stranded nine runners in the five innings.
Lee had three runs batted in, while Purdy had two and Matt Olsen added one.
In the final game of the tournament, the Warriors fell to the host Carson Senators 12-0.
Hunter separated his shoulder during the weekend and will be out indefinitely.
The Warriors next hit the diamond on Tuesday against Sparks.
Although the South Tahoe swimming team fell to the Reno Huskies at Saturday’s opening meet, numerous swimmers set new personal bests and qualified for zone.
The zone qualifiers for the boys were freshman Zack Powers, who made it in both the 200-meter freestyle (two minutes, 12.62 seconds) and 100 butterfly (1:41.93). Junior co-captain Jeff Koeck made it in the 200 IM (2:33.81) and 500 free (6:35.15), Jordan Hardy made it in the 50 free (27.03) and 100 back (1:10.90).
Erick Gallanty qualified in the 100 fly (1:21.87) and Kory Collins made it in 100 free (1:03.37) and 100 breast (1:16.48).
The girls had Melissa Anstett qualify in the 200 (2:13.15) and 100 free (59.71), while Jorie Turner made it in the 200 IM (2:36.21). Jessica Tinlin qualified in two events, the 50 free (28.40) and the 100 back (1:07.59), while Lisa Anton did it in the 500 free (6:26.65) and 100 breast (1:21.81).
“Reno didn’t want to be surprised by us again,” Viking coach Dale Bogard said. “But we had kids start with better times than they had last year.”
The South Tahoe relay teams had a good day in the water as the boys 200 medley relay ‘A’ team took third place. Hardy swam back, Powers the breast, Ansel Robinson swam the fly and Koeck anchored the event with the freestyle in 2:00.09.
The Viking ‘B’ team took fourth. David Qaundt swam back, Gallanty swam breast, Collins fly and Scott Vallejo swam free ( 2:15.56).
The boys had two other relays do well when the ‘A’ team finished third in the 200 free. Robinson, Gallanty, Vallejo and Powers finished in 1:58.09.
The Vikings finished second in the 400 free relay with Hardy, Quandt, Collins, and Koeck finishing in 4:17.71.
The girls 200 medley relay finished third with a time of 2:00.09. Tinlin swam the back, Lisa Anton the breast, Turner the fly and Melissa Anton the free.
The Viking girls also took third in the 200 free relay. Brittany Barth, Katy Stoval, Tiffany Carter and Danielle Skiles completed the race in 2:10.06.
The final relay was 400 free as the ‘A’ team took first with Tinlin, Turner, Anton and Anstett finishing in 4:10.07.
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