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Tahoe showdown goes South’s way in Little League opener

Douglas Etten

Shannon Litz / Sierra Nevada MediaNic Buchholtz leaps into the air and makes an acrobatic catch during the opening game for the South Tahoe 9-10 year old all-stars at Wednesday's Little League district tourney in Carson City.

CARSON CITY – A wild one opened the 2011 Nevada District 1 Little League playoffs at Governor’s Field in Carson Thursday night as South Tahoe’s 9-10 year old all-stars battled their north-side rivals, coming out on top with a 5-4 win.

“Just a great kids baseball game tonight,” manager Mark Lehman said.

Kevin Lehman crossed in the first for South Tahoe as an RBI single off the bat of Jared Bernard put visiting team on the score board up by one.

That lead was short-lived however as a two-out rally in the bottom of the second frame saw North Tahoe take a 4-1 lead.

It was time to chip away after that as defense, pitching and solid hitting enabled a comeback.

In the fourth inning, doubles by Daniel Hibler and Zach Dill closed the gap to 4-2, giving momentum for South Tahoe which they used at bat in the fifth.

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Lehman started the game-tying rally with a walk, then advanced up two bases when Chris Pfister roped a double to put two aboard. Next up was Kyle Dane who followed suit with a run-scoring single that knotted the game at 4-4 going into the sixth.

In the top of the sixth, Nic Buchholtz began the inning with a single before Lehmann walked again. It was Pfister who collected the late-inning heroics as his solid double scored Buchholtz with the go ahead run.

Buchholtz was solid in middle relief on the mound as he pitched three innings of scoreless ball before giving a one-run lead to Pfister who pitched a perfect sixth inning to save the game.

With the win, South Tahoe moves into their game Thursday at Centennial Field in Carson City where they’ll battle with Sparks at 8 p.m.