All Star Hooligans played their last trick
After starting 1-0, the South Tahoe All-Star Hooligans lost their next two games to make a hasty exit from the Little League All-Star tournament last weekend in Reno.
The Hooligans beat Reno 5-1 last Thursday but then ran into Washoe Valley in the winners’ bracket Friday to lose 17-3 in five innings at Swope Middle School.
Team manager Don Amaral said Washoe Valley’s team was the future Galena High School varsity team, and that six of the players were playing their 70th game together this year.
“We didn’t play that well, but it didn’t make any difference,” Amaral said. “They were a hitting machine.”
South Tahoe made three hits all day compared with Washoe Valley’s 16.
Tony Stagnero started and held Washoe Valley in check for first three innings.
In the fourth they scored 10 runs.
Chad Cooney and Kyle Dupree pitched next, giving up the final seven runs.
South Tahoe played the Sparks Nationals next and lost 5-3.
They left 11 runners on base.
“We had plenty of opportunities in the second through the fourth innings but couldn’t get key hits to knock us in,” Amaral said.
The Hooligans had the bags loaded in the fifth with the fourth through sixth batters in the order on base but failed to get a run home.
Tyler Alexander, who took the Hooligans the distance to beat Reno on Thursday, started on the mound. He gave up five runs in first two innings.
Dupree came in for the last three and held the Nationals at five.
Throughout the tourney Kyle Heidt, Derek Holmgren and Dupree hit the ball very well, Amaral said.
Defensively, Jake Leonard, P.J. Reilly and Carter Amaral also played well.