Arcata rally drops Vikings to 0-12 |

Arcata rally drops Vikings to 0-12

That elusive first win was only three outs away for a victory-starved South Tahoe High baseball club on Tuesday afternoon.

Only one problem: Arcata of Arcata, Calif., wasn’t about to become the Vikings’ first victim. The Tigers rallied from one run down to beat the Vikings 7-4 in the Amador Valley Tournament in Pleasanton, Calif.

“We wanted it and came out hungry,” said STHS manager Doug Russell, whose club was motel bound by additional rain showers, which pushed back the game’s starting time three hours.

T.J. Prevost slugged a two-out, two-run double, giving South Tahoe a 4-3 lead in the bottom of the sixth inning.

“T.J. came up big. He was thinking fastball, he got a fastball and hit the heck out of the ball. It would have been a home run in a lot of yards, but there was no fence,” Russell said.

Junior Tim Sprinkles, making his first start of the season, allowed only one earned run in 5 1/3 innings work. Russell, however, had to yank Sprinkles because of a high pitch count.

“It was really nice to see him go out there and make such a statement. He had control and really had the Arcata guys off balance,” Russell said. “He was upset to see me come out to get him because he wanted to be the hero, but the pitch count max for a first outing is 70.”

Arcata rallied with some well-placed hits in its half of the seventh inning.

Chris Hannum, who started on the mound in the seventh inning, gave up a bloop single, a walk and two passed balls. Russell replaced Hannum with Jeff Jensen, who surrendered a couple of seeing-eye singles.

“We were looking for the strikeout because we had the infield in and they just needed to get the bat on the ball, and those balls just found the holes,” Russell said.

South Tahoe, 0-12, was stifled offensively by a hard-throwing lefthander. Clay Giffin stroked a double, Jensen singled and Chris Seals had two sacrifice bunts.

“Arcata’s pitcher was probably the best we’ve seen all year. He was throwing 85 mph with the best curveball we’ve seen all year,” Russell said. “He threw well, but we stood up and got our runs on him.”

The tough defeat sent the Vikings into the losers’ bracket against Amador Valley at 9 a.m. today. Thrace Ramsey will start the opener, and Hannum has been penciled in as the starter for the 2 p.m. consolation game.

“This has to be the day,” said Russell, who still is in search of his first South Tahoe managerial win.

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