Babe Ruth 15s, 13s advance to state |

Babe Ruth 15s, 13s advance to state

Tribune and LVN reports

The toughest opponent the South Tahoe Babe Ruth’s 15-year-old All-Star team faced last weekend turned out to be the heat. Playing in Fernley, where temperatures topped 100 degrees, manager Dan Holmgren wasn’t sure how his team would respond.

“We’re Tahoe boys. We can’t handle that,” Holmgren said.

Holmgren, though, had nothing to worry about.

Behind strong pitching from Derek Holmgren and Cameron Hausfeld, South Tahoe beat host Fernley 11-2 in its first game on Saturday, then lost to North Valleys 4-2 on Sunday.

North Valley secured the district’s No. 1 seed at this weekend’s state tournament with the win, but South Tahoe and Truckee were scheduled to battle it out later on Sunday for the district’s No. 2 seed.

It wasn’t much of a battle as Max Simonian pitched a complete-game shutout and South Tahoe pounded Truckee 17-0 in five innings. South Tahoe, which finished second in the state tournament last year, clinched the district’s final seed to state.

South Tahoe will play Sparks in its first game at state on Saturday at 4 p.m. at Governor’s Field in Carson City.

Babe Ruth 13s also advance

Trailing 6-0 in the second inning, South Tahoe needed a long comeback but finally got there in a 12-8 victory over Truckee on Sunday night in Fallon a winner-to-state game at the district tournament in Fallon.

Down 8-4 in the fifth inning, South Tahoe’s Lucas Johnstone hit a RBI single and another run scored on an error. Then in the sixth inning, South Tahoe scored three more runs on two errors and a passed ball, while Dillon McKeen and Chris Whatford contributed RBI singles to give their team the lead for good.

South Tahoe will join Fallon at this weekend’s state tournament in Reno.

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