HAYWARD -- Jonas Lindblom hit a two-run homer in the eighth inning and Wyatt Tucker outdueled Bryan Cmelak as the Arcata High baseball team advanced to the North Coast Section Division IV semifinals with a 4-2 win over host Moreau Catholic on Saturday.
The sixth-seeded Tigers will now play No. 2 St. Mary's on Wednesday.
After Lindblom's blast, the Mariners (14-12) put runners on first and second with one out in the home half of the eighth. Tucker settled down to get a deep fly out and a strikeout to end the threat and the game. Tucker finished the complete-game victory with four strikeouts and eight hits. Cmelak scattered eight hits and struck out six while going to distance for the Mariners.
Moreau Catholic had a chance to win the game in the bottom of the seventh, but center fielder Lucas Brittain saved the game and the season for the Tigers. With pinch-runner Kris Garido at second with one out, Dom Fiandor hit a drive to the right-center field gap, but Brittain made a diving catch before doubling Garido off at second to end the rally.
In the opening inning, Jason Hughes doubled and Rian Goulart followed with a blast over the left-field fence for a 2-0 Mariners lead. Tyler Kiel tied the game in the third for the Tigers with a two-run homer of his own.
Arcata had a chance to go in front in the sixth, putting runners on second and third with no outs, but Cmelak got out of the jam. The Tigers then had two on with two out in the seventh but Cmelak got a ground out to end another threat.
Division IV Arcata 4, Moreau Catholic 2, 8 inn.
Arcata 002 000 02-- 4 8 2
Moreau Cath. 200 000 00-- 2 8 1
Tucker and Rohn. Cmelak and M. Goulart. W: Tucker. L: Cmelak. 2B: Steeves (A), Hughes (MC). HR: R. Goulart (MC) 1st inn., 1 on; Keil (A) 3rd inn., 1 on; Lindblom (A) 8th inn., 1 on. Records: Arcata 17-8, Moreau Catholic 14-12. Highlights: A -- Tucker 8 IP, 2 R, 0 BB, 4 K. MC -- Cmelak 8 IP, 4 R, 0 BB, 6 K; Goulart 2 for 4, 2 RBIs, R; Hughes 2 for 4, R.