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South Tahoe Little League All-Stars nearly beat Reno National

Steve Yingling, Tribune sports editor

South Tahoe’s 12-Year-Old Little League All-Stars were edged by Reno National 4-3 in their district tournament opener on Saturday night in Carson City.

They are scheduled to play North Tahoe at 5:30 p.m. on Tuesday.

Behind a three-run homer by Jordyn Switzer, South Tahoe built a 3-0 lead through four innings. But Reno National rallied for four runs in the fifth inning to seize the lead, then withstood a sixth-inning rally by South Tahoe.

“We had the bases loaded with no outs and couldn’t put the ball in play,” said South Tahoe coach Tim Cain.

Logan Brewer started the last-inning rally by slicing a ball off the first baseman’s glove. A walk and a well-executed sacrifice bunt by Aaron Pfister, which Reno National fielded and tried to get the lead runner, filled the bases.

“The three guys who came up all put the ball in play in their first two at-bats, and they ended up having a rough go at it,” Cain said.

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Starting pitcher Kirby David blanked Reno National for four innings, but the next three South Tahoe pitchers were not able to hold the lead.

Pfister, David and Stone Merkley also delivered hits for South Tahoe.

Now South Tahoe must win a string of games to avoid consolation play.

“They played extremely well,” said Cain, recalling only one error in the field. “The kids had their first-game jitters, and I think they are all fired up and ready to go.”

11-year-olds trounce North Valleys

A 19-3 romp over North Valleys on Sunday keeps the South Tahoe 11-Year-Old All-Stars in the running for third place in the district tournament in Carson City.

Paul Hoefer and Colin Buchholz “pitched very well,” according to South Tahoe manager Joby Cefalu.

Sparks Centennial eliminated South Tahoe from title contention 12-11 on Saturday afternoon. South Tahoe rallied to take an 11-8 lead, but Sparks pushed across four runs in the bottom of the sixth inning to pull out the win.

Will Mori slugged a two-run homer for South Tahoe.

South Tahoe was scheduled to play Reno Continental on Monday night.

“This team doesn’t give up,” Cefalu said. “We have good team leaders between Mori, Tommy (Cefalu) and Colin.”