All-Stars right at home at Todd Fields
For the first time since 1996, Todd Fields will be full of ballplayers from all over Nevada as South Lake Tahoe hosts the Babe Ruth 14-Year-Old All-Stars State Tournament beginning Saturday.
The last time the South Shore was a host for the State tourney was when the 14- and 16-year-olds played here five years ago.
The tournament is being awarded on a rotating basis, and when Tahoe’s turn came around again, they jumped on it, hoping for a big turnout.
“The more people who show up to support Tahoe, the better it will be for us and the kids,” the 14-year-old All-Star manager Don Bosson said.
The double-elimination tournament will begin with opening ceremonies at 6 p.m. right before South Tahoe’s opening game against Fallon at 7 p.m.
Thirteen-year-old Molly Delallo will sing the national anthem and all eight teams in the tournament will be announced before South Tahoe’s game.
Bosson, who coached this All-Star team when they were in Little League, has good reason to believe his squad will put on a good showing.
Last season, as 13-year-olds, they won a game in the All-Stars tournament in Reno and will now have the home-field advantage.
“We’re used to the field and all the idiosycracies of it,” said Bosson, who managed the city champion South Tahoe Refuse Rangers. “The kids have a good energy about them and are working hard.”
Tahoe will open up against an old arch rival in the Fallon All-Stars. Last season, Tahoe and Fallon hooked horns quite a bit and Tahoe saw some success.
“We played them as 13-year-olds, sending three teams down there,” Bosson said. “All of them did pretty well against Fallon.”
Hosting a state tournament is never an easy task, especially for an area like Tahoe, which is covered in snow until May. Bosson is very appreciative of the opportunity to have his squad play at home.
“It’s a great chance to show off our beautiful field and to host this tournament,” he said.
Other teams in the field are Carson City, Sparks, North Valley, South Reno, Elko and Reno West. The winner of the July 14-19 double-elimination tournament will advance to the Western Regionals July 27 through Aug. 2 in Modesto, Calif.
If South Tahoe wins against Fallon on Saturday, the team will play again on Sunday at 7 p.m. against the winner of the Elko-Reno West game. If the All-Stars should lose, they will play the loser of the Elko-Reno West game at 1 p.m. on Sunday.
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