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Golden Valley rallies in seventh

TURLOCK -- Stefan Arnsberg let out a yell as he slid across home plate.

With one swing of the bat, the Golden Valley senior gave his team the spark they needed.

Arnsberg tripled and came around to score on an error to pull the Golden Valley baseball team even with Turlock at 2-2 in the top of the seventh inning.

Golden Valley went on to score four more runs in the inning to rally for a 6-2 win in a key Central California Conference game on Wednesday afternoon at Turlock.

Arnsberg finally got ahold of a changeup from Turlock starter Vince Wheeland.

"I saw a bunch of changeups today," said Arnsberg, who went 2 for 4. "The wind was blowing and it was good for (Wheeland).

"He threw me a changeup on the pitch before. He threw it again and I finally hit it in the right spot."

Arnsberg launched the ball to center field. When the throw back in skipped by Turlock shortstop Kevin Kramer, Arnsberg raced home with the tying run.

"I was out of gas going into third and I saw coach still waving me on," Arnsberg said. "I knew I had to score that run."

Arnsberg's big hit brought the GV dugout to life.

Golden Valley strung together five straight hits. The big blows were an RBI single by Alex Fletcher that put GV ahead 3-2, and a two-run, pinch-hit triple by Steven Andrade.

"Stefan came through with a big hit," Andrade said. "Once you get that spark, you want to just keep it rolling."

Until the late rally, it had been a frustrating day for Golden Valley (3-2 CCC, 9-7 overall).

Golden Valley had left seven runners in scoring position.

"Once we tied the game, it took a lot of pressure off of us," GV coach Scott Solis said. "We put a lot of pressure on ourselves and I think that's why we left a lot of runners in scoring position.

"Once we scored, we relaxed."

Golden Valley's trio of pitchers helped keep the game close as the offense searched for the answer against Wheeland.

Matt Raggio gave up two runs -- one earned -- before departing after three innings.

Fletcher came in and tossed three scoreless innings and submariner Ralf Vasquez pitched a scoreless seventh to close out the win.

"It's a huge difference being 3-2 instead of 2-3 for a team trying to make the playoffs," Solis said. "Our league is so even. If you get to three losses, you may have to win the rest of your games to make the playoffs.

"With just 12 games, every game is important."

The two teams meet again at Golden Valley on Friday at 4 p.m.

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