All-Stars a few big hits short in district opener |

All-Stars a few big hits short in district opener

Steve Yingling

Untimely outs and a shaky first inning added up to South Lake Tahoe’s 8-2 defeat to Carson Valley in a Little League District I All-Star opener late Tuesday night in Reno.

“The kids played phenomenal. We just didn’t have the hits at the right time,” said South Lake Tahoe manager Mike McKeen. “There were some all-star plays; they stepped up down there.”

Carson Valley scored four first-inning runs, aided by a couple of errors. Starting pitcher Alex Vogt kept the Carson Valley bats quiet over the next four innings, but his team had trouble pushing runners across the plate.

“We had runners on base every inning and we were very equal with them in stats, but their hits brought people in,” McKeen said.

Tyler Slater stole home and Rigel Garman’s single scored Jamie Yelles to account for South Lake Tahoe’s scoring.

McKeen was pleased with his team’s sportsmanship, which was highlighted by several infielders high-fiving a Carson Valley player after he hit a two-run homer.

South Lake Tahoe will try to even its all-star record tonight when it plays North Valleys at 8 p.m. at Swope Park in Reno. On Thursday, South Lake Tahoe will play Washoe at 5:30 p.m.

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