The Fallon offense broke out in a big way.
The Lady Wave humbled South Tahoe, 11-1 and 17-0, in the Northern Division I-A softball play-in round on Friday.
The Lady Wave advance to next week’s Northern DI-A regional tournament in Winnemucca.
South Tahoe started strong in the first game, trailing 5-1 after the top of the fourth inning. Hannah Neiger recorded an RBI fielder’s choice, which sliced the Fallon lead to four.
An inning and a half later, however, the Lady Wave slapped six runs on the board to mercy rule South Tahoe. The second game was all Fallon from the opening pitch as the Lady Wave kept their dream of a third consecutive state title alive.
“I said it before, we’re not looking past anybody,” Fallon coach Bill Archer said. “South Tahoe is the first step and they showed up. The kids adjusted early to their pitching and got some key hits.”
Fallon was led by junior Rileigh Ricken and freshman Miranda Ford in the circle. The two combined to allow just one run in 10 innings and kept an improved South Tahoe squad from mounting any serious threats.
Ricken also caused havoc at the plate with a two-run double and an RBI single in the first game to give Fallon a 3-0 lead. Senior firstbaseman Cady Cordes followed Ricken’s lead with a two-run single to push the Lady Wave’s lead to 5-0.
South Tahoe, though, battled as the Vikings scratched across a run in the top of the fourth inning. Neiger was solid in the circle, but too many defensive mistakes crippled South Tahoe.
Neiger kept the potent Fallon offense at bay through the first four innings, but several breakdowns in the fifth inning lead to six runs and a Fallon win.
“The first game we came out with a lot of energy and played tough,” South Tahoe coach Steve Kolesnik said. “It was probably one of our best starts all season. The 11-1 score wasn’t indicative of how we played. It should have been a lot closer than that.”
Fallon baseball splits with Vikings
One more win is all that is needed.
The Fallon baseball team split Friday’s Northern Division I-A play-in doubleheader with South Tahoe on Friday at the Ed Arciniega Complex. The Wave won the first game, 10-7, and lost the second, 4-0.
The teams meet at 11 a.m. Saturday in Fallon in Game 3, and the winner advances to next week’s Northern DI-A regional in Winnemucca.
Fallon rallied from a 4-3 deficit to take the first game. The Wave pushed across three runs in the first inning thanks to RBI singles from Dalton Johnson and Cody Long.
South Tahoe countered with three in the second highlighted by an RBI triple from RJ Rivera and a run-scoring single by Quinn.
Trailing 4-3 in the fourth, Fallon tallied three runs, which were knocked in by Johnson and Long. Fallon extended the lead to 10-4 and held on for the victory.
Nic Stenberg picked up the win for the Wave.
South Tahoe’s Tyler Sharp was masterful as the big right-hander blanked Fallon, 4-0, in the second game.
He scattered five hits, while the offense pushed across four runs to stymie Fallon. Sharp was on point as his 1-2 combination of locating his fastball and his hard breaking curveball kept the Wave off balance.
In the process, South Tahoe also snapped Fallon’s 13-game winning streak and kept its hopes alive of a regional tournament appearance.
The Vikings hit pay dirt in the top of the fifth inning with three runs. Bobby Gonzales singled and was followed by a walk from River Quinn. Sergio Burgueno slapped an RBI single and Dominic Diana followed with an RBI to push the lead to 3-0.
Cody Higgins added an RBI single in the sixth to seal the win.