South Tahoe 6, Washoe Valley 2
The Washoe Valley All-Stars are always a tough team, so Game 1 would be no easy task for the South Tahoe Little League 12-year-old All-Stars.
Kyle Dane took the bump for South Tahoe with Nic Buchholz behind the dish.
Washoe jumped out to a 2-1 lead in the first inning, and inning two was three up and three down. But the South Tahoe bats started finding their mark in the third. With two on, Jared Barnard crushed a three-run homer. Barnard then took the mound in the fourth with Dane’s pitch count climbing.
Alex Kasper kept the offensive momentum alive in the fourth with a towering homer to make it 5-2.
Barnard added an RBI in the fifth for South Tahoe’s final run in addition to throwing 2.5 innings of heat to shut the door on Washoe.
With Barnard at his pitch threshold, Chris Pfister took the mound in relief and continued to hold Washoe off.
“Every player on this team had a hand in making this happen,” manager Carl Buchholz said.
South Tahoe 18, Reno National 9
An early six-run lead evaporated quickly as South Tahoe took on Reno National in Game 2.
Barnard and Alex Kasper gave South Tahoe the early edge with one home run apiece, but Reno surged back to tie the ballgame 6-6 in the bottom.
Dane and Pfister kept the batting practice going, however, each slugging one more bomb in the second.
Reno answered in the third by bringing in three subs who smashed back-to-back homers to cut Tahoe’s lead from 9-6 to 9-8.
By this point, South Tahoe had already gone through two pitchers — Cory Ruby, Kevin Lehmann — and now brought in Pfister to close it down.
Tahoe notched some insurance in the fourth with two more runs, 11-8.
The Tahoe boys then batted around the order bringing in five additional runs, one of which was Barnard’s second home run of the game.
Pfister shut down Reno, and Dane crushed his second home run of the game as South Tahoe added two more in the sixth.
“Six home runs in one game by different hitters is a force that is difficult to defend,” Carl Buchholz said. “The defense all did their jobs as well. All that practice over two weeks paid off.”
South Tahoe 7, Carson Valley 2
The two teams haven’t been scheduled to met in years. The managers, who are friends, were looking forward to the challenge between their boys, and challenge it was. Both teams’ pitching staffs were bringing heat and the defenses were equally matched.
Barnard got South Tahoe off to a good star with a two-run homer.
Dane took the bump with Nic Buchholz catching. Dane pitched into the third, holding Carson to two runs and then gave way to Barnard.
“Commitment by our outfielders and infielders kept the game tied at 2-2 after six,” Carl Buchholz said. “In extra innings, now with the pitch threshold at bay, a changed needed to be made.”
Pfister was brought in and finished with eight pitches, but not before South Tahoe had its last at bat.
The familiar story of Barnard and Dane teamed up for back-to-back home runs, and Kasper launched one out as well. Cameron Johnson crossed the plate to a finish of 7-2.
“Again, thanks to our committed defense and our big hitters,” Carl Buchholz said. “You boys make the three coaches look good.”