Big first inning lifts South Tahoe All-Stars to win |

Big first inning lifts South Tahoe All-Stars to win

Steve Yingling, Tribune sports editor

GARDNERVILLE – After being overmatched in its Nevada District I All-Star opener against Carson Valley, South Tahoe’s 11-12 All-Stars needed a confidence booster on Monday night.

Kirby David took care of that in the first inning against Reno American West. David gamely fouled off a number of pitches before straightening out a Jacob Galvez offering for a three-run homer, propelling South Tahoe to a 11-7 victory at Aspen Park.

The win evened South Tahoe’s record at 1-1, heading into a matchup with North Valleys on Wednesday.

“I think he fouled off about 18 balls, and then he finally got one in and crushed it over the fence,” said South Tahoe coach Dan Miller. “That was amazing. I really think that home run really sparked a fire under our team that, hey, we an hit these guys and play against these guys.”

Randy Stockton and River Quinn also delivered hits during South Tahoe’s six-run first inning.

Reno American West didn’t let South Tahoe’s big first inning shorten the game. Two-out hits in the bottom of the first and third innings, including a two-run base hit by Patrick DeLeon, helped Reno American West cut South Tahoe’s lead to 6-3.

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South Tahoe starter Sergio Burgueno surrendered four hits in three innings, but a high pitch count chased him from the game one better into the fourth inning. He left with six strikeouts, including three in the second inning.

Sensing that six runs wasn’t enough to win, South Tahoe scored three times in the fourth to go ahead 9-3. Michael Crandal ignited the rally with a double to center, and a double down the left-field line by Jaret Young plated Crandal. Cale Quistgard, pinch-running for Young, came home on a Burgueno double to left. After a wild pitch moved the baserunner ahead a base, Tyler Dill drilled a double to center to score Burgueno.

Reno American West got a run back in the bottom of the fourth as South Tahoe went to its bullpen. But two stranded baserunners in that inning and three more in the fifth kept the score from being tighter.

David, South Tahoe’s second pitcher, got out of a no-out, bases-loaded jam in the fourth with little damage. Quinn, playing third base, executed a throw home for a force out; David struck out the next batter; and Burgueno tagged out a baserunner between second and third bases for the final out.

In the fifth, after David retired the first hitter on a groundout, Reno American West put the next three batters on base. Young relieved David and was greeted by Thomas Carmona’s two-run single, making the score 9-6. But Burgueno got the lead runner at third base on an unassisted groundout, then Young recorded a strikeout to close the inning.

South Tahoe wasn’t satisfied with the three-run lead. In the sixth inning, a sacrifice fly by Stockton scored Young and R.J. Rivera’s infield hit plated Burgueno to re-establish a five-run lead for South Tahoe at 11-6.

Reno American West stroked two hits in the last of the sixth, but Burgueno started a game-ending double play to finish the 2-hour, 35-minute marathon game.

“They really came through and played good ball, and I’m really proud of them,” Miller said. “They battled all night long.”

Young, Dill and Quinn each contributed two hits to South Tahoe’s 12-hit cause. Burgueno scored three times.

South Tahoe will play North Valleys at 8 p.m. Wednesday in its third of four pool games.

“One more win on Wednesday, and I think we have a good shot at the quarterfinals,” Miller said.