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Babe Ruth 14 All-Stars go out in two games

The South Tahoe 14-year-old Babe Ruth All-Stars made a strong showing, but were outmatched in their two district tournament contests against South Reno and Elko on July 22 and 23.

The all-stars fell in the first contest to South Reno, 14-2.

South Tahoe managed single runs in both the fourth and fifth innings. In the fourth, Brian Engler opened the inning with a walk and scored on a single by A.J. Russo. Then in the fifth, it was Bobby Gienapp who crossed the plate as the first four batters reached base.



Unfortunately for Tahoe, South Reno had already put 11 runs on the board. In the first inning, Reno sent 12 batters to the plate and nine of them scored to put Tahoe down early.

Reno continued to pour it on in the fifth as four more runs came across to enforce the 10-run rule.




In the second game, Tahoe jumped to an early 2-0 lead in the first as both Engler and Peter Maes reached base and scored on a Russo single.

But that lead would only be temporary as Elko answered with two runs of its own. Kevin Kupto and Miguel Garcia both scored on a double by Trace Wells to tie the score at 2-2.

Elko added two more runs in the second to lead 4-2.

In the third inning, Tahoe tallied two more runs to retie the game at four. Maes opened with a walk, stole second and scored on Tiffany Pinson single. Pinson would later score the equalizer on Russo’s single after advancing to third on a balk.

In the fourth, Tahoe added four more runs when Devin Blann cracked a leadoff double. He scored two batters later when Pinson drove him home with a single.

Kyle Olsen, Marcus McKinnon and Shawn McLaughlin all came to bat and scored. McKinnon delivered a single and was forced at home as Blann drew a bases loaded walk.

In Elko’s half of the inning, five runs crossed the plate. But in the fifth, 12 batters came to bat and nine scored to open up the game. The big hits in the inning were a pair of RBI doubles off the bats of Jeff Wines and Dan Trovers. The last outburst forced the game to be called because of the 10-run rule with a 18-8 final score.

King of the Lake

Although Carson Valley isn’t really part of Lake Tahoe Basin, the all-stars from the valley proved that they were indeed the Kings of the Lake as they beat the South Tahoe Little League All-Stars 6-5 in Saturday’s championship game.

South Tahoe came into the championship game undefeated, having gone through the round-robin portion without a loss. Carson entered the contest with a 2-2 record.

Carson Valley emerged victorious despite a three-run bomb from the bat of Buck Pershing. D. J. Brady went the distance on the mound for Carson Valley, hitting the corners and fooling the Tahoe batters. It took Tahoe three innings to turn over the lineup.

The South Tahoe Hooligans went 2-1 in the round-robin, but were swept in the championship round, losing to both Carson and North Tahoe.


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