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Vikings walk the walk with first win

Matt O'Neill

The South Tahoe High softball team walked its way to its first win of the season Tuesday afternoon as the Vikings defeated the Sparks Railroaders 5-4 in nine innings at the Field of Dreams.

Senior Jill Barna drew a bases loaded free pass in to win the walked-filled contest.

Sparks took the first lead of the game in the first inning with a bases loaded walk. But that was the only Railroaders’ run of the inning as Viking starter Vanessa Porter got a pair of strikeouts and a pop-up to end the scoring threat.

“She got out of a very dangerous situation,” Viking manager Rich Barna said.

The score remained 1-0 until the fifth when Sparks added another run on a wild pitch.

But South Tahoe’s Kendra Terry, Saleen Hancock and Stefanie Terry all drew walks to open the bottom of the inning.

Tammy Cowen then hit a ball that got lost in the sun and dropped in front of the Sparks left fielder, who then kicked it into the trees, allowing all three runners to score and Cowen to reach third.

“Talk about your home-field advantage,” Barna said. “We had all our runners score before the ball went out of play.”

Sparks got another unearned run in the sixth to tie the score again at three, but the Vikings broke the deadlock in the bottom of the inning when Cowen drew a walk to force in a run, giving her four RBIs on the day.

“That’s when their pitcher really started to walk us,” Barna said.

The Railroaders picked up another run in the top of the seventh to push the game into extra innings before Barna forced home the winning run in the ninth.

Porter struck out a season-high six in the win. The Sparks starting pitcher walked 15.

The homestand for the Vikings will continue on Friday when Reed comes to town at 3:30 p.m.

Whittell baseball suffers first league defeat

The Whittell Warrior baseball nine suffered its first league setback Tuesday afternoon at the hands of the Incline Highlanders, 5-3 at Incline.

The loss dropped the Warriors’ league record to 10-1, but Whittell still remains in the driver’s seat to win the title.

The Highlanders rode the power of a pair of two-run blasts by Mark Marlich to the win.

In the third inning, Marlich launched his first bomb over the 300-foot sign to give Incline a 2-0 lead.

The Warriors answered in the top of the fourth when Brandon “The General” Lee blasted his own long ball to cut the deficit to one.

But the Highlanders slapped out three consecutive singles before Marlich hit a towering shot to give the Highlanders a 5-1 lead.

Chris Hannum got the call on the mound for the Warriors and went five innings and striking out seven. He allowed only three hits, but unfortunately for Hannum, two of them were over the fence.

Lee relieved Hannum in the sixth and struck out the side, increasing his total for the year to 97.

The Warriors return to action next Tuesday when they travel to Incline again to face the Highlanders.

Warriors edged by Highlanders

Meredith Shaw pitched a four-hitter and Erin Silver and Ashley Wines each stole three bases. But it wasn’t enough as Incline High edged Whittell 5-4 in a Nevada 2A softball game Tuesday in Incline Village.

“The girls really played a good game,” said WHS assistant coach Dick Gardner, who was filling in for manager Lindsay Wines. Wines was tending to a personal matter.

Whittell trailed 5-2 entering the seventh inning, but pushed across two runs with only one out. However, Incline got the final two hitters on a strikeout and groundout. Katlin Willens knocked in Wines with the Warriors’ third run and came home on a passed ball.

Shaw kept the Warriors close by only allowing four hits over six innings. Her undoing came in the fifth inning when the Warriors committed three errors, enabling Incline to score three runs.

Silver led Whittell with two hits. She gave the Warriors a 1-0 lead in the second inning, reaching on a base hit, stealing second and third bases and scoring on an error. Incline tied it in the third and took the lead for good with a run in the fourth.

Whittell slipped to 2-9 in 2A league play.

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