Appeal Staff Report
A 2-1 lead over the Damonte Ranch Mustangs in the bottom of the seventh inning turned into a nine-inning 3-2 loss for the Carson Senators softball team Thursday at Damonte Ranch High School.
Carson starter Cassie Vondrak allowed only one earned run in going the distance, but Damonte was equal to the task from the circle.
"It was a dogfight today," said Carson coach Scott Vickrey, whose Senators fell to 12-7 overall and 4-6 in the Sierra League. "Their pitcher did an excellent job of hitting her spots today and keeping us off-balance. She was extremely competitive - that pitcher threw more heat than we've seen all year."
Damonte Ranch took a 1-0 lead in the third inning, but Vondrak - who went 1-for-4 - helped her own cause with an RBI single to score Christa Casci in the fourth to tie it up.
Abby Rankl (2-for-4) knocked in Casci, was 2-for-3, to give the Senators a 2-1 lead in the sixth.
Vondrak spread out 10 hits, struck out eight, walked none and came within an out of the victory when a Damonte beat out a throw to first base in the seventh. The runner would eventually score to send it to extra innings, where the Mustangs pulled off the win.
"It was stellar," Vickrey said of Vondrak's performance. "She was hitting her spots, hitting her pitches and keeping [the Mustangs] off balance. Unfortunately, we lost by one run. This weekend will be kind of crunch time. We have to start winning some games. Only four teams go to zone and we've lost to Reno, Douglas and Wooster. We have to get wins somewhere. It better be [In Carson] Saturday."
The Senators and Mustangs begin their doubleheader at 10 a.m.
Daria Leid and Nikki Keller each added a hit for the Senators.
DOUGLAS 10, SOUTH TAHOE 0
After plugging away at the South Tahoe Vikings for two runs over the first three innings Thursday afternoon, the Douglas Tigers broke things open in the fourth.
Douglas pounded out five hits for seven runs in the frame on its way to a win in Sierra League play in Minden.
Marina Diaz got things going in the inning, reaching on an error with one out and advancing to second on the throw. Rebecca Trute singled to bring Diaz home and Donna Judd reached on another error.
Emily Weaver singled to bring Trute home and Lauren Hoppe later doubled to bring two runs in. Katrina Morgan was hit by a pitch and Hoppe scored on a passed ball thrown to Stephanie Harper.
Harper then singled to score Morgan and Mia Townsell, running for Harper, later scored on a Morgan Blomstrom single to left.
Hoppe and Blomstrom each had two RBIs on the day while Weaver, Morgan. Harper, Trute and Townsell each finished with one.
Harper was stellar in the circle for the Tigers, striking out seven, walking one and allowing just one hit in the shutout win.
South Tahoe's Cindy Lucero picked up the Vikings' only hit of the afternoon on a sharp single to left with two outs in the top of the third.
Kelly Bartlett struck out one and walked two in taking the loss.
The Tigers improved to 13-5 overall and 7-3 in league play with the win. The two teams will meet in a doubleheader at Lake Tahoe on Saturday beginning at 10 a.m.
DAYTON 10, FERNLEY 6
The Dayton High baseball team earned a hard-fought win over Fernley on Wednesday in Northern 3A action.
The lead changed hands four times with the Dust Devils scoring six runs with two outs in the top of the seventh inning to take the lead for good. Rory Torvik's two-out hit with two strikes sparked the rally.
"It had been 17 days since our last league contest and it showed," Dayton coach Jay Merrell said. "It wasn't until late in the game that our bats started coming to life."
Konrad Perkins was 1-for-3 with two RBI, Cory Yoder was 2-for-2 with three RBI and Shawn Starks had a hit and an RBI. Yoder was also the winning pitcher, throwing a complete game while striking out five and walking none. Yoder is now 4-0 with a 1.59 earned run average in the Northern 3A.
WHITTELL 14, VIRGINIA CITY 13
Virginia City scored three runs in the seventh to take a 13-10 lead, but then Whittell scored three runs in the bottom of the seventh to force a 13-13 tie and then scored a run in the eighth for the win.
Jessie Bailey was 3-for-6 with an RBI, Katie Defebaugh was 1-for-2 with three runs, Ashley Proctor was 1-for-2 with two RBI, Brittany Bomar was 2-for-2 and Gigi Glogovac and Kelly Smiley each added a hit for the Muckers.
CARSON 14, DAMONTE RANCH 4
The Senators left the Mustangs seeing double on Thursday, as Lauren Knorzer hit three two-baggers, Natalie Morrow added two, Marcela Watson one and Elayna Shine hit an in-the-park home run as Carson stopped Damonte Ranch via the 10-run mercy rule after five innings.
Carson starter Christina Gallegos went the distance, striking out six, as the Senators went to 10-0 in league and 14-2 overall.
Knorzer and Morrow each had three hits and two RBI, Ashley Saarem added three hits, Shine, Marrissa Luicido each had two hits and Lisa Yamamoto and Sara Shores each added one in the win.
Shores also had an RBI.
DAMONTE RANCH 12,
The Senators fell to 10-10 overall and 3-9 in Sierra League play with a loss to the Mustangs.
Carson starter Clay Holton lasted three innings, giving up seven runs and seven hits.
Colby Blueberg and Don Mariani each finished 1-for-2.