Vikings’ home opener finally arrives
Their 1999 home opener almost slid back to the millennium, but the South Tahoe High Vikings season long road trip will finally end today at Todd Fields.
The Vikings (1-18) will entertain Douglas at 3:30 p.m., the first of their five home games.
“A couple of weeks ago I was worried about the wax on my skis. I knew the day would have to come, but I had stopped anticipating it,” said STHS manager Doug Russell.
Russell worked on the diamond the past two days, and players were able to practice on the field for the third time this season Monday afternoon.
“We have the yard looking nice and had a real good practice,” Russell said. “It’s just rejuvenating to be outside taking batting practice and not have to worry about popping out a window.”
Confined to practicing the outdoor game in the STHS gyms for most of the season, Russell and his patient Vikings had reached their limit.
“I was scared the gym was going to turn into the hotel from ‘The Shining’ pretty soon,” Russell joked.
Of course, winter hasn’t completely left Todd Fields. There is a hard-packed mound of snow down the right-field line.
“It will probably be there until August, and it may come into play on one or two balls,” said Russell, who believes the umpires will rule a ground-rule double for any hits reaching the snow.
“We’ve had weirder ground rules in other ball parks, so I’m not concerned about it.”
STHS, 1-15 in league, has a tough assignment today as fourth-place Douglas (10-6) comes to town. Sophomore Chris Hannum will start on the mound.
“I hope we don’t have to go too deep for pitchers because the hole is not deep enough to keep diggin in,” Russell said.
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