Ramsey’s shot not enough for 1-20 Vikings
Thrace Ramsey blasted a three-run shot. The Vikings had the lead. But one big inning sent South Tahoe to its 20th loss of the season, 12-4 to Fallon, on Thursday at Todd Fields in South Lake Tahoe.
Down 3-1 in the third frame, Ramsey, a senior, got a hold of a 1-2 pitch and deposited it over the left-centerfield fence.
“It was a fastball in the middle of the plate and I just turned on it,” said Ramsey, who put his team up 4-3.
But it wasn’t enough. Tied 4 all in the fifth, Fallon plated eight runners on what coach Doug Russell said was a solid Greenwave stick effort.
“They came out hitting (in the fifth) and I didn’t get to my relief in time,” said Russell, who replaced starter Tim Sprinkles with Jeff Jensen. “Tim probably feels like he could’ve been more effective. But he pitched well. One error kept the door open. And the ball just kept falling.”
“Tim may have got tired,” added Ramsey. “But he did a good job. We couldn’t seem to get the first out. We couldn’t really stop them.”
Jensen and Austin Merritt supplied two hits apiece, while Sprinkles and T.J. Prevost joined Ramsey with one base knock each.
The Vikings dropped to 1-17 in league play, 1-20 overall. Ramsey said the team is making the best of the tough situation.
“We’re all trying to hang in there and just have fun at this point. We’ve got the talent, but we just can’t seem to break out of this hole. But we’re still playing hard and no one is quitting.”
South Tahoe hosts Hug for a doubledip on Saturday at Todd Fields. Game time is at 10 a.m.
Home runs are contagious for the South Tahoe High junior varsity baseball team right now.
Following a six-homer output Tuesday, including three by Mike Hennessy, the Vikings received three bombs by Jake Bobman in a 13-1 rout of Fallon in five innings on Thursday in South Lake Tahoe.
“It’s very easy to manage this team right now. All I have to do is write the lineup and anybody I put in there is going to produce,” said Viking coach Matt Tillson. “One through nine in our lineup can pretty much go yard at any time, especially with a short porch like ours.”
Bobman bashed a pair of three-run homers and a two-run shot. His final bomb nearly cleared the tennis courts in right field.
Complementing Bobman’s power show was pitcher Jordan Lucas, who tossed a complete-game three-hitter. He struck our five.
Toby O’Brien had two hits, including a double.
South Tahoe (6-10), which has won five of its past six games, travels to Hug for a doubleheader on Saturday.
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