Hennessy shuts out Greenwave
South Tahoe High pitcher Mike Hennessy had retired 10 batters in a row when a comebacker off the bat of Fallon slugger Tom Bynum hit him on the wrist. Hennessy shook it off and went on to pitch seven shutout innings as the Vikings blanked the visiting Greenwave 6-0 Thursday at Todd Fields.
“When we went out to check on him (after he got hit) his wrist was really starting to swell,” said Viking skipper Doug Russell. “He told us to get lost. He said he was going to get this one for us.”
Backed by a stellar defense, Hennessy made good on his fourth inning prophecy, allowing only three hits in a game that also saw the Viking bats come to life.
John Capitani got things going in the second inning with a leadoff double. After a Mike Hennessy walk and a Cory Poulen single, the table was set for Brandon Tinlin, who managed to lift a deep fly ball to left field, scoring Capitani and giving the Vikings a 1-0 lead.
The Vikings posted two more runs in the third as Matt Connelly scored on a wild pitch from Fallon starter Kenny Galbraith and Hennessy brought home Toby O’Brien on a single up the middle.
As the Vikings held on to a 4-0 lead in top half of the sixth, the Greenwave began to rally. A throwing error by shortstop Connelly left Greenwave runners at second and third with no outs and Fallon slugger Tony Guilen at the plate. Guilen lifted a towering shot to right, which looked a sure bet to sacrifice home Galbraith from third. However, Viking Poulen made a major league catch and throw, nailing the sliding Galbraith at the plate. Rally over.
“Cory made the throw that shut the door,” Russell said. “That play really broke their back.”
The Vikings produced two more runs in the home half of the sixth off the bat of Connelly, who singled home pinch-runner Travis Vanarnam and Mike Tillson.
Sitting on a comfortable 6-0 lead, Hennessy capped a complete-game shutout by striking out third baseman Pete McCreary to end the game.
“We played like a very good baseball team today,” added coach Russell. “This is a ball club that has gelled emotionally and physically.”
The Vikings (9-13 overall, 4-12 in league) look to continue the winning this weekend as they visit Sparks for a doubleheader.
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