Vikings score first baseball win
The Vikings can sleep easier now, knowing that they won’t be the only South Tahoe High baseball team to go winless.
Yes, the Vikings picked up their first victory of the season Monday with a road – actually home – doubleheader split against Wooster in Reno. The Vikings won the opener 4-3 on Tim Sprinkles’ two-out single in the fifth inning but lost game two, 5-2.
“We knew we could win all along, so it’s been a long time coming. You could see it tangibly register on the kids’ faces. There were a few handshakes and smiles. Now we can just go out and play baseball and not worry about making a wrong decision that might cost us a game,” said Doug Russell, who earned his first victory as a STHS baseball coach.
Sprinkles’ game-winning hit scored the fleet-footed Austin Merritt, who led off the fifth inning with a single.
“It was a close play at the plate, but with Austin’s speed, he legged it out,” Russell said.
A critical sacrifice bunt by Clay Giffin moved Merritt into scoring position with one out. After a strikeout, Sprinkles took the 0 out of the Vikings’ season.
“When your leadoff hitter comes up with a clutch base hit and you’re number two-hole hitter does what he’s supposed to do, you have to win it,” Russell said. “I’m just proud of the kids. They did what they had to do.”
Thrace Ramsey put the Vikings ahead, 3-2, with a two-run double in the third inning. Wooster knotted the score in the fourth inning. STHS’s seven-hit attack also included a triple by T.J. Prevost.
Sprinkles made his second consecutive strong start to pick up the complete-game five-inning win. The junior allowed five hits while striking out three and walking four. The yeoman effort followed his two-hit, five-inning outing against Arcata in the Amador Valley Tournament last week in Pleasanton, Calif.
“We had all the confidence in him. We could see right away that he had his stuff and then all we had to do was play defense behind him,” Russell said.
Wooster avoided a sweep by jumping on Viking sophomore starting pitcher Chris Hannum for three runs in the first inning of game two.
“Wooster was real aggressive in the second game. They successfully squeezed two times and twice they were unsuccessful. Catcher John Capitani did a good job behind the plate to keep their scoring to a minimum,” Russell said.
The bunt-happy Colts forced Prevost, a third baseman, to record six of the 15 putouts.
“Their coach was really forcing the issue until we showed we could stop them,” Russell said.
Giffin, Sprinkles and Hannum accounted for the Vikings’ three singles. The Vikings scored in the first inning on a passed ball and in the fourth on Capitani’s sacrifice fly.
The games were originally scheduled for STHS, but the Vikings’ snow-covered Todd Fields forced them into the valley.
South Tahoe, 1-15, will also play a “home” game at Carson on Thursday.
Long time coming.
Game 1, STHS beat Wooster 4-3
Tim Sprinkles went five-inning distance and had game-winning hit in fifth.
Austin Merritt single, Clay Giffin sac over in extbook play, sprinkles singled him for him, it was close play tat the plate but with Austin’s speed he legged it out.
That’s what you dream for, when have seehls liek that on first base.
Clay Giffin moved him over, one of big sticks came thorugh just like we needed. there were two outs. On outs. Jeff Jense struck out for secodn out, then Sprinkle came up and came threw.
Sprinkles gave up five hits, three strikeouts and four walks.
T’s been long time coming, you could see it tangibly register on the kids face, pref monkeys on their back. KNow we don’t have to worry . Nowe we can just go out and play baseball tha’t execiting.
KNowwe don’t ahve worry, we can be aggressive, making a wrong dec that might cost us, keep playing agg baseball now without having to making one wrogn deceision
we knew we could win all along, but we’ ve been there and dne that.
The kids had some days off, we had some fresh arma,s had spiricits going itnto game, the kids
we all had conf in him, and we could see righ away he had his stuff, then we knew we had to play def behind him.
It was real baeball day.
twho hits and one run in previou outing, in fifth inning before.
TJ Prevoust triple, thrace ramsey double for two RBIs in third inning, down at time 2-1, that put us 3-2, then Wooster tied the score in the fourth inning.
seven hits in all.
Merritt big hit start hings off.
Game 2, Chris Hannum on mound, STHS lost 5-2, wooster had 11 hits, jumped ahead 3-0 firt.
from there on out, Chris hannum pitched real well. they were real agg the secnd game. they squeezed succ twice and twice unssucc, they were running arund basepaths. john capitani did a good job ehnd the plate to keep their scoring to a minimum.
TJ prevost at third base out of 15 outs, six putouts, they were butning, their coach was really forcing the issue until we showed we coupld stop them.
we just couldn’t get runs needed.
three hits in second game, Clay Giffin, Tim Sprinkles, Chris Hannum.
scored twice fourth, john capitani sac fly score Sprinkles and one in the first on a passed ball.
clay giffin scored.
play thursday at Carson, thrace pitching.
we did just what. it was close play at the plate, but guys were al busines,s we epxected to win. we played well all game, when leadoff hitter cmes up clutch with basehit, number two hole hitter usually what he’s supsp to do, you have to win it.
feew handshakes and smiles, I’m just proud of kids they did what they had to do.
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