Vikings take Huskies to the limit
South Tahoe JVs sweep Reno for a rare winning season
By Steve Yingling
It took 10 innings on Thursday before the South Tahoe High softball team realized that it could play with Northern Nevada 4A powerhouse Reno.
Senior Ashleigh Rahming no-hit the Vikings in the first game as the Huskies won going away, 12-0, but the Sierra Nevada Media Group’s second-ranked team met some resistance in the second game.
South Tahoe, coming off a three-game sweep of North Valleys, scored in each of the final three innings and held the Huskies scoreless in the final two frames of a 9-4 defeat.
It marked one of the few times in STHS softball history that the Vikings have extended the Huskies for the entire seven innings.
Freshman Moriah Lane’s third homer of the season – a two-run shot over the left-field fence in the seventh inning – highlighted the Vikings’ late-game surge.
“It’s a sign of what’s to come,” Allister said of Lane’s power-hitting capabilities. “She’s learning to keep the fat part of the bat in the strike zone for as long as possible.”
In the prior inning, Karen Ervin led off with a double – the Vikings’ first hit of the day – and advanced to third base on a single by Sarah Barton. Ervin came home on Brittney Barcellos’ fielder’s choice.
South Tahoe scored its first run in the fifth inning without a hit. Lane walked, took second on a fielder’s choice and went to third on a wild pitch. Freshman Tiffany Racz chased her home with a hot shot that the shortstop fielded and threw to first for the out.
“They kind of sat back and took us a little lightly,” said STHS coach Joann Allister. “We don’t die. We keep coming back, coming back.”
South Tahoe will conclude its season on Saturday (10 a.m.) with a single game against the Huskies at Todd Fields. The teams moved up their doubleheader to Thursday to accommodate Reno’s prom on Saturday.
Danielle Henson, making a spot start for the Vikings in game two, was effective most of the way.
“They didn’t get the big, hard hit that they normally would get,” said Allister of Henson’s ability to keep the Huskies off balance.
Reno only had four runs through four innings, but a five-run fifth broke things open. Kelsey Dory’s two-run single and a run-scoring triple by Carly Corthell highlighted the rally.
While the Vikings’ varsity struggled with Reno most of the day, the STHS JV shredded the Huskies to clinch the school’s first winning season in a long time. The 16-2 and 16-4 victories improved the Vikings’ season record to 12-8 with only one game remaining on Saturday.
“All year we’ve kept pressing and pressing, so I’m just as happy as can be,” said STHS coach Dave Galicia. “They were too hyped in the first game and I really had to tell the girls to calm down.”
Pitcher Krissy Guarino allowed just two hits and fanned eight in the opening win.
Amanda Rives’ triple keyed the Vikings eight-run second inning. Melissa Smith collected three hits and Terra Backinger smacked a double.
In game two, STHS rallied from a 4-2 deficit with an eight-run third inning and a six-run fourth. Smith belted a pair of doubles, and Backinger had two hits and scored three runs.
Kaity Galicia and Ashley Killeen each stole home.