South Tahoe All-Stars rough up Reno American East pitchers |

South Tahoe All-Stars rough up Reno American East pitchers

Steve Yingling, Tribune sports editor

The South Tahoe 9-10 Little League All-Stars performed like the heavy metal band Metallica on Sunday afternoon in their district tournament opener in Carson City: The hits didn’t stop coming.

Ty Hutton connected for four hits, and three teammates delivered three as the South Tahoe All-Stars defeated Reno American East 10-7 in the first of four pool games for the club this week.

“It was a good Little League battle,” said South Tahoe manager Joby Cefalu. “Everybody on the team is working hard and playing real smart in the field.”

Two of Hutton’s four hits went for two bases, and he knocked in three runs. Colin Buchholz also supplied two doubles for the winners, and he hit a single and scored twice. Tommy Cefalu knocked a double and two singles, and Noah Jackson rapped three hits.

Jackson also played a pivotal role on the mound, getting out of bases-loaded-no-out jam after Reno took a 7-6 lead midway through the game.

“When things started getting down, we got a huge double play, then Noah pitched us out of it,” Cefalu said.

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South Tahoe scored four unanswered runs from there to seal the victory.

Starting pitcher Garret Harley and reliever Will Mori each worked two innings on the mound. They combined for 85 pitches, eating up innings to the pleasure of Cefalu.

South Tahoe (1-0) was scheduled to play Carson City, which beat Sparks Centennial 16-0 in its first game, today at 5 p.m. Carson City has combined its two divisions of Little League this season, making it one of the pretournament favorites.

“They are one of the toughest teams in the tournament. It will tell us where we are at,” Cefalu said.

The All-Stars meet Washoe at 5 p.m. Tuesday and conclude pool play with a 5 p.m. matchup with Reno National on Wednesday. All of their games are on field No. 2. Quarterfinal games are scheduled for 5 and 8 p.m. Thursday.

The South Tahoe 11-12 All-Stars and 10-11 All-Stars will open their tournaments the following week in the Carson Valley. The double-elimination district tournaments run from July 12-20.

The 11-12 All-Stars are managed by Dan Miller, while the 10-11 All-Stars are skippered by Tim Cain.

Refer back to this Web site for tournament updates.