9-10s suffer first defeat
South Tahoe’s once-unbeaten 9-10 Little League All-Stars ran into a power-hitting power pitcher in a 5-0 loss to Carson American on Thursday at Shadow Mountain Complex in Sparks.
Paul Kankel pitched a three-hit shutout and belted a two-run homer as Carson American advanced in the winners’ bracket. South Tahoe, 2-1, dropped into the losers’ bracket and will play Washoe at 8 p.m. Friday.
“In a tournament like this you run into these types of games all the time,” said South Tahoe manager Mike Dupree. “We played real good defense, but just couldn’t get it going offensively.”
Dan Vallejo, however, figured out Kankel, stroking two hits. Joel Morris had South Tahoe’s other base knock.
Morris, who pitched in South Tahoe’s tournament-opening victory, took the loss despite settling down after a rough first inning. Carson scored three runs in the first frame and two more in the fourth.
South Tahoe loaded the bases with one out in the sixth but couldn’t break up the shutout.
A night after solid pitching staved off elimination, the South Tahoe Little League 11-12 All-Stars found the mound an albatross in a 12-10 defeat to Sparks American in Sparks.
South Tahoe exited the double-elimination tournament with a 1-2 record.
Kevin Lucero and Zach Kropf pitched South Tahoe to a 5-3 victory over Valley Providence on Tuesday, but the All-Stars couldn’t quite overcome an early eight-run deficit to Sparks on Wednesday.
“Tuesday we won on pitching with Kevin really varying his speeds for for four innings. Last night was just a hitter’s paradise,” said South Tahoe manager Jack Condella.
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