Babe Ruth 14s hit a ton but fielding is their undoing |

Babe Ruth 14s hit a ton but fielding is their undoing

Staff report

Thirty-two runs scored in three games showed how well the South Lake Tahoe 14-Year-Old All-Stars hit during a Babe Ruth tournament qualifier last weekend at Todd Fields.

But there is more to baseball than offense. Defensive lapses were the tournament hosts’ undoing as they dropped two of three games and were eliminated.

South Lake Tahoe committed nine errors in a 14-4 opening loss to Fallon on Saturday. But the All-Stars bounced back in its next game to crush North Valleys 17-5.

Otto Trebotich (4 for 5) and Jordan Morgan combined for seven hits and four RBIs to lead South Lake Tahoe. The rest of the lineup also packed some punch with Max Delallo smacking a triple and double and knocking in two runs, Kit Harland was 2 for 4 with two runs batted in, Matt Olivares was 2 for 3 with an RBI and D.J. Dupuy was 1 for 2 with two RBIs.

Trebotich earned the victory, giving up four unearned runs in three innings work. Morgan closed out the five-inning win.

A rematch with Fallon on Sunday was going along smoothly until the visitors scored 11 runs in the bottom of the fourth inning to wipe out a 6-2 deficit. South Lake Tahoe made a spirited rally but wound up losing 14-11, ending its tournament run.

Sixteen Fallon players batted in the pivotal fourth as four infield hits and several mental mistakes and walks kept the inning snowballing.

“All of the runs were unearned,” said South Lake Tahoe skipper Richard Kreager. “Nobody reacted and nobody made the right play. But they are 14-year-olds.

“We outplayed them six of the seven innings.”

Tanner Braun delivered in his three innings on the mound, surrendering just two runs. Trebotich again led the All-Stars’ offense with three hits, including a double. Morgan popped a triple during his 2-for-5 performance.

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