STHS ‘Seals’ win with late rally |

STHS ‘Seals’ win with late rally

Steve Yingling, Tribune Sports Editor

South Tahoe High had no shortage of heroes as the Vikings rallied for an 8-7 baseball win over Lowry on Tuesday at Todd Fields.

John Capitani’s three-run homer started the comeback and Thrace Ramsey’s 405-foot bomb brought the Vikings even. But it was Chris Seals day.

Seals made his Viking pitching debut with the Vikings trailing 6-2 after four innings. He limited the Buckaroos to one unearned run the rest way and delivered the game-winning single with the bases loaded in the seventh inning.

“He’s been telling me, ‘Coach, I can pitch, I can pitch.’ But we haven’t had the right spot for him. The kid was dying to get out there, so we decided to give him a chance,” said Viking coach Doug Russell. “It was just a fabulous performance. He was just throwing strikes.”

Austin Merritt walked to start a four-run Viking rally in the fifth inning. Following a Jeff Jensen single, Ramsey stroked an RBI double but Jensen was thrown out at the plate. The rally didn’t die as Chris Hannum singled and Capitani homered to left center.

Lowry remained ahead 7-6 until the seventh inning, when an injured Ramsey led off with a homer to right center.

“His thigh was hurting him, so I told him we’d pinch run for him because he couldn’t run,” Russell said.

Hannum kept the momentum going as he lined a double down the third-base line. An intentional walk and a sacrifice bunt by Travis Ealy loaded the bases.

Then Seals won it for himself with his first hit of the season – a single up the middle.

“We had a bunch of heroes. I’m just really proud of the kids,” Russell said. “We are beginning to show flashes of becoming a pretty darn good baseball team. We’ve had hitting all along, but today we had pitching and defense when it counted most.”

Ramsey, Hannum, Ealy and Capitani delivered two hits.

STHS, 3-17 in Northern Nevada League play and 3-20 overall, plays Elko on Friday in its home finale.

Something special seems to happen every time the South Tahoe High JV baseball team plays a home game.

Mike Hennessy blasted three homers in the Vikings’ home debut April 20 and then Jake Bobman duplicated the trick a few days later.

On Tuesday, Hennessy hit a game-winning grand slam in the bottom of the sixth inning as STHS overcame Hug 17-15.

“You have to love come-from-behind wins. It was a great win,” said Viking coach Matt Tillson.

The Vikings led 13-9 entering the sixth inning, but the Buckaroos rallied to go in front 15-13.

Rather than sulk, the Vikings came right back. Jordan Lucas ignited the rally by bashing the first pitch down the left-field line for a double. Following a strikeout, Mike Tillson walked and Toby O’Brien loaded the bases with a single.

Hennessy followed with his base-clearing homer into the tennis courts in right-center field.

Many of the Vikings got in their licks with a 17-hit attack. Leading the way were O’Brien, Hennessy and Carlos Romero with three hits. O’Brien had a two-run homer among his hits and Hennessy finished with five RBIs. Lucas, Jake Bobman and Cory Poulen contributed two hits, including a three-run homer by Poulen. Lucas also pitched five solid innings, according to Tillson.

The Vikings, who are 3-0 at home and 8-11 overall, play host to Elko on Friday.

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