South Tahoe wins Babe Ruth All-Star tournament |

South Tahoe wins Babe Ruth All-Star tournament

Steve Yingling, Tahoe Daily Tribune sports editor

Champions find ways to win baseball games, and that was the recipe for South Tahoe Babe Ruth 13-15 All-Stars in their title-clinching win against Truckee on Tuesday night.

After falling behind 8-3 in the second inning, South Tahoe scored eight unanswered runs for the 11-8 championship win at Todd Fields.

“Unbelievable,” said South Tahoe coach Kevin Higgins, who hasn’t lost this summer after leading his Babe Ruth regular-season team to an unbeaten season. “It’s all about the boys. They didn’t quit.”

South Tahoe (4-0) will now meet Reno West at 10 a.m. Saturday in a first-round state tournament game in Reno.

Pitchers Tyler Sharp and Cody Higgins combined for five shutout innings to keep the Truckee bats quiet after the first two innings.

“I had to figure out when I wanted to pitch Tyler. He’s the ace of our staff, and he was only available for three innings,” Higgins said. “He was able to shut them down, and we were able to start chipping away.”

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Leadoff hitter Ty Sprock got the South Tahoe offense in gear by going 4 for 5 with three runs scored and two stolen bases. John Cefalu and Skylar Sheldon each rapped two hits and collectively scored three times.

“Ty’s been fighting his way out of a slump,” Higgins said. “I told him, ‘You don’t have to worry about me. I’m not moving you anywhere.’ He’s a good hitter, and I knew he would come around.”

South Tahoe went ahead 9-8 with a five-run fifth inning. Sprock, Bobby Oakes, Cefalu, Cory Plummer and Joey Wightman scored runs in the frame.

Truckee was led by Timmy Cooper and Baird Bishop with two hits and two runs scored.