South Tahoe 11-year-olds miss state
CARSON CITY, Nev. – The South Tahoe Little League 11-year-old all-stars were able to score 14 runs in the two Nevada District 1 championship games, but the Washoe all-stars were able to score a little more as the South Tahoe team lost both games 10-7 on Friday and Saturday at Governor’s Field in Carson City.
On Friday, Washoe took a first-inning lead with a run and kept South Tahoe off the board until the bottom of the fourth.
Kyle Dane took the mound for the boys in blue, but the South Tahoe Little Leaguers could not prevent Washoe from scoring again in the top of second inning. The Washoe team, which is based in the area between Carson City and Southern Reno, took a 6-1 lead during the third inning.
South Tahoe’s Cody Ruby hit a double to center field and was brought home by Chris Pfister to make it 6-2 in the third.
But Washoe responded with some runs of their own, plating four in the fourth inning, leaving South Tahoe even further behind 10-2.
South Tahoe climbed back into the game though when Kevin Lehmann knocked in a RBI to make it 10-5. Lehmann eventually scored adding another run before the end of the fourth, finishing the inning 10-6.
“They got an early lead on us,” coach Mark Lehmann said after the game.
But South Tahoe only brought home one more run on Friday night, losing 10-7. Because the Tahoe team had not lost a game in the double-elimination tournament, a second game was played on Saturday.
The second game, which offered South Tahoe a second chance to win and qualify for the state tournament, started similar to the first with Washoe jumping out to a 5-0 lead after two innings.
“Some uncharacteristic South Tahoe errors led to four unearned runs,” Mark Lehmann said.
South Tahoe fought back in the fourth with Jared Barnard scoring Dane. They added two runs in the fifth inning after Cameron Johnson walked, Kyle Lehmann doubled and a Pfister scored both with a single.
South Tahoe scored four more runs in the last inning. Barnard hit a single, Nic Bucholtz walked, Mickey Sullivan walked, Kyle Lehmann singled, and Alex Kasper and Cody Ruby walked, before Dane ripped a double. Tahoe had the tying run at the plate with two outs, but Washoe escaped with the hard-fought win over South Tahoe.
Pfister and Ruby pitched well, with the two holding Washoe to seven hits over six innings and giving Tahoe a chance to tie the game, but opportunistic base running and bunting served Washoe well according to Mark Lehmann.
Washoe advances to Elko for the state tournament. A win on Friday or Saturday would have propelled the 11-year-old team to the state tournament.
“This is the furthest a South Tahoe team has advanced in district play in over 25 years,” Lehmann said. “Our pitcher was good, they just pitched a little bit better.”