RENO — The Vipers scored five times in the second to snap a 1-all tie en route to a 6-3 win over the Carson Blue Jays in the opening day of the Sierra Invitational at Bishop Manogue High School Thursday morning.
The Blue Jays, 5-9 overall, return to action today with two games, one at 11 a.m. and another at 4 p.m.
Carson scored a run in the first when Connor Pradere singled, moved to second on a bunt by Josiah Pongasi and scored on Joe Nelson’s two-out single. The Vipers matched the run in the bottom of the inning on a walk, wild pitch and two fly balls.
Carson starter John Holton retired the first two batters in the second, but the next seven hitters reached base and five runs scored before he got a strikeout to end the inning.
After leaving runners in scoring position in the third and fourth, the Blue Jays scored twice in the fifth to cut the lead to 6-3.
Pradere was hit by a pitch, moved to second on an other Pongasi bunt, moved to third on a single by Nelson and scored on Jace Keema’s fielder’s choice. Terek Been’s two-out single scored the second Carson run.
Nelson led Carson with three hits, while Pradere, Been and Connor Leahy added one each.