Vikings stun Colts with seven-run inning |

Vikings stun Colts with seven-run inning

Steve Yingling

There were enough peaks and valleys for the South Tahoe nine Saturday at Wooster that they could have been pegged as mountaineers.

Toby O’Brien put the Vikings on cloud nine by blanking the Colts for three innings. But Wooster sent the Vikings back to the valley floor by wiping out a 2-0 deficit with three-run fourth and four-run fifth innings.

Feeling pretty low, the Vikings climbed out of the abyss with a seven-run fifth inning to pull out the 10-7 Northern Nevada 4A League baseball victory.

“They showed a lot of heart,” said manager Doug Russell after his Vikings won their second league game. “They started feeding off the emotions that were going on.”

Wooster, however, rebounded to win the second game, 20-5.

The Vikings collected six singles, including a two-run hit by Mike Tillson, during their game-swinging fifth inning.

“It was just single after single,” Russell said. “Everyone contributed to that inning and we showed that from top to bottom that we have a potent lineup.”

Senior Jarred Uppendahl made the 9-7 lead stand up by throwing 2 1/3 innings of one-hit relief. Uppendahl gave up a triple in the seventh inning but stranded him there.

“Uppy had better stuff than we’ve seen from him all year long,” Russell said. “He had great command and was overpowering. It looks like he’s going to be ready to go after the break.”

South Tahoe’s 13-hit attack included Mack Christenson going 2 for 3 with two runs and two RBIs, Tillson 2 for 3 with two RBIs, O’Brien 2 for 4, Mike Hennessy 1 for 3 with an RBI, John Capatani 2 for 3 with two RBIs, Brandon Tinlin 2 for 3 with a double and RBI and Tony Brillante 1 for 2 with a big RBI in the seven-run fifth.

Tillson closed out the Colts by laying out to backhand a two-hopper up the middle and throwing to first from one knee.

“It was a great way to end the game,” Russell said.

The momentum didn’t carry over into game two as Wooster led 14-1 after three innings.

“We didn’t play defense and we didn’t pitch all that well,” Russell said. “I think we were a little too pleased with ourselves too early in the day. After getting the first one, it would have been really nice to get the second one when it’s sitting there for you.”

Christenson led the Vikings with two hits. Hennessy was 1 for 3 with an RBI, Cory Poulen went 1 for 3 with a double with two RBIs and Matt Connelly contributed an RBI in the five-inning game.

South Tahoe, 2-10 in league and 7-11 overall, will take a break before playing Elko in its home opener April 24.

Vikings drop four tournament games

If South Tahoe High softball skipper Rich Barna was looking for an Easter break to soothe the agony of a winless season, he hasn’t let on.

The second-year Vikings coach took his team to a tough 14-team tournament Friday and Saturday at Reed High in Sparks. Even though the Vikings dropped all four games to fall to 0-20, he sees not quit in his team.

“We’re still holding our heads up and still working hard to be competitive,” Barna said. “The only way our program is going to get better is if we keep working at it.”

South Tahoe opened the tournament by falling to host Reed 13-0 as the Raiders scored 11 times in the first inning. Stefanie Terry supplied the Vikings’ only hit, while Corrine Edwards relieved Vanessa Porter and surrendered two runs on seven hits in four innings.

The Viking bats didn’t rattle much in their second game either Friday as Sparks shut out STHS 6-0 on a four-hitter.

Terry opened the game with a triple, but her teammates couldn’t push her across the plate. South Tahoe’s other hits were a double by Porter and singles by Saleen Hancock and Jill Barna.

Sparks didn’t break into the scoring column until the third frame and added four runs in the in the fourth as the Vikings committed three errors. Porter gave up eight hits and six runs in five innings, with Heather Roderick came in to pitch a perfect sixth.

On Saturday, the Vikings demonstrated early on how competitive they can be, but lost to Turlock 13-3 and Merced 12-0.

South Tahoe led Turlock 1-0 in the first and battled back to tie the California school at 3 in the second inning.

However, Turlock pushed across the deciding run in the fourth and broke the game open with four runs in the fourth.

Tabitha Porter’s RBI single scored Terry in the Viking first. In STHS’s two-run second, Hancock doubled and advanced to third on Emily Sullivan’s single. After Sullivan stole second, Kendra Terry roped a two-run triple.

Hancock, the Vikings’ tournament MVP, led the way with two hits.

Roderick took the loss, giving up eight runs on five hits in four innings.

Merced concluded the Vikings’ tournament stay by tossing a no-hitter. Losing pitcher Edwards threw four innings, allowing 12 hits and striking out two.

STHS resumes Northern Nevada 4A League play against Sparks on April 24 at the Field of Dreams.

Warriors shoot season best

Whittell High’s golf team brought its “A” game to a dual with Incine at Eagle Valley Golf Course on Thursday in Carson City.

Consequently, the competition came from within. Senior Keith Truswell won for the second time, winning a tiebreaker from junior teammate Ryan Salomon after both fired 2-over-par 74s. Truswell got the winning nod because he scored better on the high handicap hole.

Patrick Flanagan and Parker Fox each shot seasons-bests with 76 and 81, respectively, as Whittell shot a season-low 391. Incline finished 38 strokes back at 429.

Cary White rounded out WHS’s scoring with an 86. Kevin Dyess led Incline with a 3-over 75.

Whittell won’t tee off again until April 27 at Silver Oak Golf Course in Carson City.

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