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Avalanche of runs not enough for Tahoe

To analyze what has gone wrong for the Tahoe Avalanche Senior Babe Ruth baseball team so far this season look no further than the pitching statistics.

The Avalanche has an 11.8 team earned run average and surrendered 59 walks as opposed to 44 strikeouts.

Consequently, Tahoe is off to a 2-7 overall start, including 2-5 in league play.



“We’re averaging 12 to 13 runs per game, but we’re giving up 15 runs a game,” said Avalanche manager David Santee.

Tahoe lost three of four games last weekend despite scoring 37 runs.




The East Bay Mustangs swept the Avalanche 16-4 and 7-6 in eight innings last Saturday at Todd Fields. Chad Cooke delivered two hits for Tahoe in the opener, while reserve shorstop Chris Hannum supplied three hits and three RBIs in the nightcap.

Hannum actually played three straight games Saturday because prior to the doubleheader he played his regular South Tahoe Babe Ruth 15-16 game.

Nathan Coats contributed two hits to the losing cause.

“He’s just been on fire,” said Santee, who has restricted his team to using wooden bats thus far.

Bret Uppendahl, who just completed his freshman season at the University of Pennsylvania playing football, pitched well, according to Santee.

“He had one bad pitch … a bases-clearing triple. I took him out in the eighth and he put an ice pack on his arm, and before I could say anything, he showed his leadership skills by encouraging the team and telling them, ‘Let’s get it done,'” Santee said.

Uppendahl finished with eight strikeouts.

Santee was disappointed because his club didn’t sweep the Sparks Tribe on Sunday. The Tribe outslugged Tahoe 20-17 in the opener, but the Avalanche bounced back for a 10-7 win in game two.

Coats led Tahoe with three hits in the opener, while Matt Tretton slugged four hits in the nightcap. Thrace Ramsey helped Tahoe’s cause with three hits, and Matt Solbrig and Nate Muren came through with two.

Reserve infielders David McKenna and Josh Terry played errorless ball at shortstop and third base.

Tahoe’s slump started June 9 in a 16-12 defeat to Nevada Yankees. Coats and Ramsey pounded three hits while Austin Merritt contributed two to a 13-hit attack that wasn’t enough.

Santee gave his club the week off so the players could enjoy their high school graduations.

“I figured since we have 14 graduating seniors on the team, we need to let them just enjoy their last year in high school and get back at it on Saturday,” he said.

Tahoe will host the Reno Knights in a 4 p.m. doubleheader Saturday and return to Todd Fields again Sunday for a 10 a.m. Fathers’ Day doubledip with Carson.


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