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Hooligans take down Sparks, Reno teams

Two tight victories, including an upset of Reno National, kept the South Lake Tahoe Hooligans in contention in the Little League district tournament in Reno.

The Hooligans won two of their past three games to improve to 2-2 and likely qualify for the quarterfinals, which are scheduled for Tuesday and Wednesday.

After a 7-5 defeat to Reno Continental on Friday, South Lake Tahoe needed to find a way to beat unbeaten Reno Continental to remain in quarterfinal contention. South Lake Tahoe found the answer with its offense, outscoring Reno National 13-11 behind a host of contributors.

Connor Henderson went 4 for 4 with two runs scored; Robbie Poet was 2 for 3 with three runs scored; Hunter Morgan was 2 for 4 with a run; Geddy Miller scored two runs; Kraig Ford had a hit and two runs scored; Zack McClure, Kris Hurwitz and Kyle Crawford collected a hit and a run; and Joey Anderson cracked a base hit.

“They have come to play,” said Hooligans’ skipper Scott Morgan. “I told them that they were eight errors from being 4-0. I’m very proud of our Tahoe players.”

On Friday, South Lake Tahoe led Reno Continental 4-0 after four innings behind the sharp pitching of Miller and Bobby Oakes. But Continental rallied for a 7-5 win, scoring seven unearned runs in the fifth inning. Miller and Oakes combined for eight strikeouts.

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Poet was strong in the batter’s box and behind the plate, going 2 for 4 with a run scored and then making several putouts from his catcher’s position. Also, McClure homered, Anderson was 2 for 2 with a run scored, Henderson was 1 for 3 with a run, Morgan was 1 for 2 and Miller was 1 for 3 with a run.

Hurwitz shined with his glove, contributing to two double plays, including one that was unassisted.

South Lake Tahoe picked up its first win of the tournament with a 7-1 victory over Sparks National on Thursday. Anderson delivered five innings of four-hit ball and struck out six. Dakota Cronin closed out the win by striking out two batters in the sixth.

“The boys played real clean, that was the key to our success,” coach Morgan said. “The boys were also very sharp on the bases.”

Anderson led South Lake Tahoe with two hits and run, while Oakes, Poet, McClure and Hurwitz had base hits. Morgan socked a double for the winners.