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Washoe avenges loss to South Tahoe All-Stars

Steve Yingling, Tribune sports editor

CARSON CITY – It wasn’t the ending the South Tahoe 9-10 All-Stars dreamed of, but outside of their own dugout, no one anticipated that they’d be one of the top four teams in Northern Nevada.

Washoe avenged an earlier defeat to South Tahoe with a resounding 17-3 Nevada District I Little League four-inning semifinal victory on Friday night at Governors Field.

“It’s been a fantastic ride,” said South Tahoe skipper Joby Cefalu of his team’s six-game tournament run. “All 11 boys played their guts out, and all 11 boys contributed to our success. We have no stars, or home-run hitters. We have kids who go out and make plays and hit the ball.

“They battled since day one, and they proved to be a force in Northern Nevada.”

Washoe will meet unbeaten Carson City, a 17-0 winner over Carson Valley, in Saturday night’s championship game.

South Tahoe jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the top of the first inning as Noah Jackson doubled in Tommy Cefalu. Jackson also touched home plate before the third out was recorded.

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But Washoe didn’t waste any time bouncing back. As South Tahoe starting pitcher Evan Brewer worked to find the strike zone, Washoe hitters capitalized on favorable pitch counts. Nate King stroked a two-run double, and Jake Berger and Zach Williams poked RBI singles, giving Washoe a 5-2 lead.

South Tahoe pushed across its third run in the second inning on a two-out single by Jackson that scored Hirshal Sukha.

Leading 5-3, Washoe took command in its half of the second. Cohen Kreitlein and Evan Crosse each socked a two-run single as Washoe scored seven times for a 12-3 lead.

South Tahoe (3-3) tried to mount a rally in the third inning against Washoe southpaw Kreitlein as Will Mori rapped a base hit and Colin Buchholz walked. Kreitlein, however, didn’t let South Tahoe gain any more momentum, striking out two of the next three hitters to escape the jam.

Washoe put the game out of reach in its half of the third, scoring five times, including two on a home run to left-center by Oliver Shawa.

The hard-throwing Kreitlein allowed only four hits and struck out six before leaving after three innings. Williams picked up where his teammate left off, retiring all three South Tahoe hitters he faced in the fourth inning, ending the game.

“They pitched beyond my thoughts, but in the end we weren’t quite deep enough against the big boys,” Cefalu said. “They had six or seven guys who threw hard and consistently.”