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Truckee slips past South Tahoe to advance to state Babe Ruth tournament

Ryan Buchan, Tribune intern

GARDNERVILLE – A two-out error in the first inning proved to be costly for the South Tahoe All-Stars as they lost 5-2 to Truckee on Saturday in the Babe Ruth 15-Year-Old State Qualifier Tournament at Lampe Park,

“We did not make the plays we needed to (win the game),” said South Tahoe head coach Mike Zanetell. “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 it 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 inning when South Tahoe batters got a second chance at Truckee’s pitcher, it 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.

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“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.”

South Tahoe starter Colton Marchesseault allowed the first earned runs in the third inning.

Baker led Truckee with two hits and two runs scored, 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 batter’s 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 outstretched arm of Truckee third baseman Eric Holmer.

After the hit, Truckee again was quick to pull its 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 bal, but an error on the throw to first let Joe Bacchi 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, while South Tahoe plays Sunday at 11 a.m. for the final spot in the tournament.