Babe Ruth 15 All Stars gain valuable experience
After losing its first two games of the Douglas American Legion Baseball Tournament Friday and Saturday, the South Tahoe 15 Babe Ruth All-Stars rebounded to win their final two games.
Greg Dupree belted a two-run homer and drove home four runs as South Tahoe defeated Vacaville 11-5 Sunday at Douglas High in Minden.
Mikey Van Gorden, Chris Thorne and Randy Henson combined to limit Vacaville to five runs. Vacaville deafeated South Tahoe 7-2 on Friday.
In addition to the loss to Vacaville, South Tahoe lost to Carson 5-3 on Friday and Douglas 11-0 on Saturday. In the latter game, pitcher Matt Bobman surrendered six runs in the first inning but settled down to go the distance. Van Gorden, Mellberg, Henson and Dupree led South Tahoe at the plate.
On Sunday, South Tahoe overpowered Carson 15-7 behind the pitching of Mellberg and Jake Cain.
“It was our coming out party. Our bats started to come alive,” Shehadi said.
“We looked adversity right in the eyes with a pretty rough start but hung in there, had some fun and came together in the end,” said Tahoe skipper Mark Shehadi.
South Tahoe will host the Nevada State Babe Ruth for 15-year-olds, starting Friday at Todd Fields. South Tahoe will open against North Tahoe at 7 p.m. Saturday.
The pretournament action will allow Shehadi and his coaching staff to make some adjustments during practice this week.
“We got to see some good things and some things we need to work on, and we (had) Monday through Friday to work on that,” Shehadi said.