South Tahoe All Stars defeated by Carson Valley
July 12, 2009
After defeating Carson Valley 6-5 on Friday, South Tahoe needed to beat them again on Sunday due to a 5-2 loss to Truckee on Saturday.
The South Tahoe Babe Ruth 15-Year-Old All Stars baseball team could not do it again, losing 8-2, and now are not eligible to move on to the state tournament.
Carson Valley goes on to the state tournament in Reno on Thursday.
“The team sucked it up,” said Carson Valley coach Tim Perko. “They played tired from last night and battled back and wanted to win.”
South Tahoe fell behind quickly in Sunday’s game, as Carson Valley scored two runs in each of first three innings to take a commanding 6-1 lead.
Carson Valley leadoff hitter Conner Peterson got things started for his team, getting a base hit on his first at-bat then coming around to score.
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Jason Reum scored the first run for South Tahoe in the third after tagging up on a pop fly in center field.
In the fourth, Carson Valley’s Caymen Hoshizaki made South Tahoe pay for an error, hitting a two-out triple to bring in Craig Stratton, who reached on the fielding error.
Stratton was the only player to score for Carson Valley that inning, and that was the first time in the game South Tahoe held their opponent to less than two runs.
Carson Valley could not find any offense in the fifth as they were blanked on the score board for the first time in the game.
After Alex Potnick and Colton Marchesseault hit singles in the fifth, South Tahoe did not get any more hits leaving the two men stranded on base.
“We were very flat,” South Tahoe manager Mike Zanetell said. “We left 13 runners on base, 10 at third. We were not getting the hits when we needed.”
In South Tahoe’s final chance, the first three batters reached base. After a strike out, Potnick hit a fly ball to deep left field, but the runners did not tag up.
Carson Valley finished off South Tahoe as the last batter popped up.
“The real bummer was the game against Truckee,” Zanetell said. “We gave up five unearned runs. We should’ve beaten them. We should have not been here.”
A two-out error in the first proved to be costly for South Tahoe as they lost 5-2 to Truckee on Saturday.
“We did not make the plays we needed to (win the game),” Zanetell said. “They got two runs off of the third out of the inning.”
South Tahoe got off to a slow start due to great pitching and shortstop play by Steven Baker, including retiring the final two batters of the first after they sent hard-hit grounders his way.
“Our shortstop has been solid all season,” said Truckee head coach Matt Carlson. “He has incredible range.”
In the fourth, when South Tahoe batters got a second chance at Truckee’s pitcher, they took full advantage and scored two runs. Despite throwing three no-hit innings, Truckee was quick to pull pitcher Stein Retzlaff when he got into trouble.
After South Tahoe scored twice in the fourth, the game got quiet offensively, partly because of great defensive play including a highlight-reel catch from Truckee’s right fielder Aaron Pado, who dove and stretched out to rob South Tahoe’s Jess Latta of at least a double.
“I was trying to play with no wind, then a gust came and I tripped over myself and laid out,” Pado said. “I don’t know how I made the catch.”
Baker led Truckee with two hits and two runs including the first run in the third inning when Marchesseault walked Eric Holmer with the bases loaded.
Marchesseault was pulled in the third leaving the bases loaded and no outs for Jason Reum.
Reum worked himself out of the inning allowing no runs, throwing only fastballs.
“I think when the batters up with an 0-2 count they expect a curveball,” Reum said, “but they just see fastball after fastball.”
South Tahoe got five of the final six outs by way of pop fly.
“Our hitting needed work in the end when we popped up a lot,” Pado said. “I think we got a little cocky.”
Down three runs in the seventh, South Tahoe got off to a good start with a base hit from Reum, who was able to send the ball just past the out-stretched arm of Truckee third baseman Eric Holmer.
After the hit, Truckee again was quick to pull their pitcher, thus bringing in Holmer to close the game.
“We have a large pitching staff, and we feel 100 percent comfortable with everyone,” Carlson said.
Holmer got what should have been a double-play ball, but an error on the throw to first let Joe Bacci Zanetell reach base. Kolmer struck out the next batter.
With one out left, South Tahoe brought in Brady Rennison to pinch hit.
Ryan Smith caught a pop-up in foul territory to give Truckee the victory.
Truckee moves on to the state tournament.