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South Tahoe outslugs Truckee, among final three teams in state tourney

Steve Yingling, Tribune sports editor

Three elimination games down, three more to go.

The South Tahoe 13-15 Babe Ruth All-Stars are showing resiliency and realizing baseball success that is rare in this area.

South Tahoe ousted Truckee 16-12 on Tuesday night to advance to the final three teams in the state tournament at Governor’s Bowl in Reno.

Bobby Oakes, Andrew Noll and Skyler Sheldon launched three hits apiece to key South Tahoe’s 19-hit attack. Sheldon scored four times. Winning pitcher Cody Higgins threw 4 2/3 innings and struck out seven Truckee batters. Oakes closed out the win with 2 1/3 innings of relief work.

South Tahoe plays either South Reno or Reno West at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday in its fourth elimination game in four days.

“Just the fact that we’re guaranteed third place and have a shot at the championship game, I’m extremely proud of the boys,” said South Tahoe manager Kevin Higgins, whose club has a 7-1 record. “We’ve been winning games with pitching, winning games with small ball and tonight we won with big bats.”

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South Tahoe led by as many as eight runs before Truckee fought back to make the score respectable.

Higgins initially learned how his All-Stars performed with their backs against the wall on Sunday and Monday. Oakes pitched a complete game and Joey Wightman knocked in three runs with two hits as South Tahoe eliminated Sparks 6-1 on Sunday.

On Monday, it was pitcher Tyler Sharp’s turn to shut down the opposing offense, scattering six hits and striking out six in a 2-0 elimination win against Carson. Sharp also stroked a double and scored a run; Hunter Morgan provided two hits and an RBI; Ty Sprock scored a run; and Cody Higgins knocked in a run.

In the win over Sparks, Cody Higgins produced at the plate, going 2 for 3 with a double and two RBI, and Oakes fanned six Sparks hitters.

South Tahoe opened the tournament on Saturday with a 6-2 defeat to host Reno West. Cory Plummer delivered two hits, including a double, and scored a run.

Higgins plans to start Sharp on Wednesday night.

“Fortunately tournament rules are pretty forgiving,” Higgins said. “He’s our guy, but we’ll keep a close eye on him. We don’t want to hurt him.”

Meanwhile on Sunday at Lampe Park in Gardnerville, South Tahoe’s 14-Year-Old All-Stars were defeated by Carson 13-3.

South Tahoe played Sparks in an elimination game Tuesday night at Lampe Park.