South 9-10 All-Stars advance to district semifinals
July 10, 2009
After upsetting previously unbeaten Truckee on Thursday night, anything appears possible for the South Tahoe 9-10 Little League All-Stars – even a bald-headed coach with blue “ST” letters on both sides of his head.
South Tahoe defeated Truckee 6-3 in the Nevada District I quarterfinals at Governor’s Field in Carson City, moving one win from qualifying for the finals.
The All-Stars must defeat Washoe for a second time to qualify for Saturday’s championship game. If South Tahoe makes the finals, manager Joby Cefalu has promised to shave his head and have the letters “ST” colored into both sides of his head. With two wins in pool play, he was already sporting “ST” on one side of his head on Thursday night.
“They are looking forward to me shaving my head bald,” Cefalu said. “These kids are not satisfied yet. They are loose bunch, and they are having a good time.”
South Tahoe starting pitcher Garret Harley earned the victory by pitching four innings and striking out three. Noah Jackson closed out the final inning with two strikeouts and a groundout.
“They were a really good team, and we played great offensively and defensively,” Cefalu said.
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Although South Tahoe struck out eight times, it was able to come up with opportune hits. Tommy Cefalu belted a triple during a 3-for-3 performance, which included two runs scored. Paul Hoefer, the pitching star on Wednesday night, contributed two hits, including a triple.
South Tahoe will meet Washoe at 7 tonight. The winner will meet either Carson City or Carson Valley on Saturday in the championship.
“It was funny. After the game, I heard a couple of Washoe guys talking, and instead of ‘Great, we get to play Tahoe again;’ they said, ‘Oh no, we have to play Tahoe again.'”
South Tahoe edged Washoe 10-9 on Tuesday to clinch a spot in the quarterfinals.
“The way we are playing, we can play with anybody,” Cefalu said.