The Arcata Tigers held on late to edge the host school in the championship game at the Shasta baseball tournament on Wednesday, winning 4-3 and getting out of a bases-loaded jam to end the game.
The Tigers enjoyed a good two days at the tournament, winning all three of their games against some quality opponents and improving to 13-2 on the season.
“They’re able to battle with anybody,” head coach Troy Ghisetti said of his players. “And even in tight situations they pretty much stayed cool and performed very well.”
Finn McRae got the win on the mound and pitched a great game, according to his coach, quickly settling down after a shaky start that saw him walk the first two batters, each of whom would score.
McRae struck out six in 6.2 innings, giving up three earned runs and six walks.
Junior Miles Oliver capped a good two days at the tournament with his third straight multi-hit game and finished 3-for-4.
Will Mager and Chet Keasey each had two hits in the win, while Vincent Agliolo and Anthony Ebert each added one.
In what was an entertaining game, the Tigers struck first and scored twice in the top of the first inning, before the home team responded immediately to tie things up again in the bottom half of the inning.
Oliver singled in the go-ahead run in the second and Arcata would add a fourth run two innings later to lead by two.
Shasta made things interesting late in the game, pulling back within one in the bottom of the seventh and loading the bases before Parker came in to get the final out on a strikeout.
Red Bluff 9, McKinleyville 7
The Panthers were also in action at the Shasta tournament this week, dropping their final game on Wednesday and closing out tourney play 1-2.
Red Bluff took a two-run lead in the top of the first, but the Panthers battled back with a pair of runs in each of the third and fourth innings to lead 4-2.
An exciting game was just getting warmed up, and the Spartans would add four more runs in the fifth to re-take the lead and then stretched the advantage to five with three more runs in the seventh.
With their backs to the wall, the Panthers responded with three runs of their own in the bottom half of the inning, but that was as close as they would get.
Tyson Bragg led the way offensively for Mack and finished 3-for-3 with a double, while teammate Brodie Sargent added a pair of doubles and drove in two runs.
Tenoch Tapia also had two hits, including a double, and scored twice.
Logan Maher, Riles Ebert and Jack Saso each was 1-for-3 with a run.
Evan Fraser took the loss on the mound, allowing nine hits and one walk in five solid innings, with Branson Dobrec pitching two innings in relief.
With the loss, the Panthers are now 9-9.