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Avalanche romps in Senior Babe Ruth opener

Steve Yingling, Tribune Sports Editor

Tahoe Avalanche manager David Santee saw almost all of the components that it takes for a successful season in his team’s 10-3 win in its Senior Babe Ruth opener Tuesday in Minden.

Twelve hits, no errors, two “great” defensive plays, hit-and-run execution and a quick start contributed to the solid start.

“They played like I was hoping they’d play. They played some solid baseball today. It definitely gives us a lot to look forward to because all we’re going to do is get better.”

Three-run uprisings in the first, third and fourth innings led to a 10-0 lead. Santee, however, thought a key to the win was the athletic defensive play center fielder Austin Merritt made on Bobby Lee’s liner in the third inning with Tahoe ahead 7-0 and the bases loaded with two outs.

“I don’t think another center fielder would have gotten to it. He started in left center and caught it in right center. We thought it was a double for sure. It could have sparked something easily,” Santee said.

Third baseman Kenny Nicole also shined in the field, throwing off his back foot in left field to nail a runner at second base.

Tahoe’s hitting stars were: Matt Tretton, 2 for 3, two RBIs, two runs scored; Matt Solbrig, 2 for 3, two runs scored; Chris Hourula, 3-4, one run, three RBIs; and Nicole 2 for 3 with two RBIs, one run scored. Carson Triggs, Nate Muren and Chad Cooke contributed one hit.

About the only area Santee was displeased about in the opener was the lack of hitting after the fourth inning.

“One thing I told them was that we need to play ball all seven innings. We kind of settled in and went on cruise control through the fifth, sixth and seventh innings.

Justin Connolly and Justin Ray made the 12-hit attack stand up. Connolly allowed six hits and three earned runs in four innings. Ray overpowered Douglas in three innings of relief, surrendering two hits while fanning five.

Tahoe will play the Nevada Yankees in its home opener today at 5:30 p.m. at Todd Fields.

Beat Douglas 10-3

“they played like I was hoping they play. we didn’t make one error. Our outfield speed can into effect twice. austin merrtitt went stole from bobby lee. I don’t thik another center field would got it, started in left center and went caught in left center. it was nice hit, throught for sure it was double.

bases loaded in two outs, third inning, 7-0 tahoe at time. It could have sparked something easily.

Hitting wise: Matt Tretton 2 for 3, two RBIs, two runs scored; Matt Solbrig 2 for 3, two runs scored; Chris Hourula 3-4, 1 run, three rbis; Kenny Nichol 2 for 3 with two RBIs, one run scored. Carson Triggs one hit, Nate Muron 1 hit, Chad Cooke 1 hit.

12 hits.

three run in first, third and fourth. we came out fpetty fired up and jumped on them, hitting the ball, guys wee exicted. used alum bats, given coupel weeks to get used to it, then go strickly during eason. they responded today. I told them, defense going to win our ball game,s today had some ggoo plays. Keny Nichole, off back foot in outfield at third threw guy out at second and nearly threw double play.

I dont know what going to do with wooden bat, It’s diffeent.

8 HITS, JUSITN Connolly, 4 innings, Justin Ray,

Connolly 6 hits, three earned, two strikeouts; Ray went three innings, no runs, 2 hits, five strikeou; and walk.

“Sierra Sun Devils, one nine inning game, 11 a.m., at Wooster High in Reno. one of toughest games of year.

Playing Sierra Nevada babe Ruth open divison and Nevada Connie Mack.

one thing told them to work on we need to start and finish, we need to play all seven innigns. we kind of settled in and went on cruz control for five six and seven.

You can’t be perfect the first game and def pleased with no errors.

first game of 40-game season, that was good start today.

bunting and running, hitting running, executing, we had att give our kids basically , might squeeze you no matter sit, couple bunt runs, hit run they workd, we exectued, they playe some sold baseball today, it def gives us lot to look forward to, all we’re going to do is get better.

Nevada Yankees on Thursday at 5:30 p.m.

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