Viking baseball team in tourney final |

Viking baseball team in tourney final

Steve Yingling

South Tahoe High baseball manager Ralph Clelan is thinking twice about attending the Manogue Easter Tournament championship game Friday.

Clelan has missed the Vikings’ past two games because of work and an illness. In his absence, the Vikings have advanced to the tournament championship with a 10-4 rout of Central Catholic on Wednesday and a 5-4 upset of Reed on Thursday.

“I might even stay home tomorrow,” said a joking Clelan, whose shoes have been filled by Bill Ramsey and Joel Babich.

South Tahoe used a one-out suicide squeeze bunt in the top of the seventh inning to push across the winning against Reed. With the bases loaded, Thrace Ramsey squeezed in Austin Merritt.

Jeff Jensen made the one-run lead stand up in the bottom half of the inning. He retired the first two Raiders, allowed a double and then struck out the final hitter.

“This is great … to beat a team like Reed. This is the first time in five years we have beaten them,” Clelan said.

Jensen went the distance, allowing seven hits while fanning seven and walking two. It was Jensen’s second win of the season.

Beau Barkley and Adam Heggen led the Vikings with two hits apiece. Tim Sprinkles added a double.

The Vikings (4-14), winners of their past three games, meet either Fernley or tournament host Bishop Manogue in Friday’s 3:45 p.m. championship game. South Tahoe hasn’t won a tournament since taking the Douglas Easter Tournament in 1986, according to Clelan, who was senior on that Viking team.

“We’re going to try and bring back some hardware. It’s like I told them, hitting is contagious and so is winning,” Clelan said.

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