All-Star 14s tumble out of state tourney
After 18 practices leading to the state All-Star Babe Ruth baseball tournament in South Reno last weekend, the 14-year-old South Tahoe All Stars went 0-2 to exit nearly as quickly as they arrived.
In their first game against Carson City, South Tahoe lost 13-5, leaving 10 baserunners.
Eight batters struck out offensively and the team made only four hits, two of which were by Kevin Schlange.
“We played well. We just lost,” said team manager Bill O’Malley. “Somebody’s got to win and sombody’s got to lose. We just lost, no excuses.”
Jacob Hash, Curtis Maxwell and Chris Shapiro spent time on the bump. Hash pitched the first three innings, then started walking batters. Maxwell pitched two innings, shutting Carson down in the fourth and fifth. In the sixth inning, Carson started hitting the ball.
Jack Jacquet and Matt Mitchell pitched for Carson.
Schlange led offensively, going 2 for 4 with one run.
O’Malley said the team hit the ball, it just couldn’t find the timing to bring runs home.
“The killer was ending the fifth inning with the bases loaded,” he said. “We came within 8-5 in the bottom of the sixth and we were fine. Then we went nuts … we got killed.”
South Tahoe made one error to Carson’s four.
In game two, South Tahoe gave up 11 runs in the first two innings to eventually lose to Reno West 15-5 in five innings.
“We got shut down completely in the first three innings,” O’Malley said. “Nine straight batters went down (for South Tahoe).”
Spencer Dean, who was suspended from game one after a regular season-altercation with his teammate, pitched during the first two innings. He gave up eight runs in the first two innings.
Shapiro came back on the mound and gave up three runs.
Cody Harrington came in for the final 3 1/2 innings and allowed four more runs.
“From the time he stepped onto the mound, he outplayed Reno West 5-4,” O’Malley said.
Harrington made two strikeouts and gave up seven hits.
“I told the kids when they came into this tournament … if they hit the ball the way they were capable of, they’d win the tournament. And they didn’t do that; it was as simple of that,” O’Malley said.