Babe Ruth 15s ousted from home tourney
The South Tahoe All-Star 15s were down. Then they were up. Then the team went down again, and now they have ceased playing Babe Ruth baseball in South Lake Tahoe and dispersed to their future teams.
The South Tahoe All-Star 15s lost their last game Monday night at Todd Fields to Reno West 14-1.
The loss concluded a brief two-week stint where the South Tahoe 15s played a tournament in Gardnerville and then hosted the Babe Ruth State Tournament at Todd Fields.
After losing its first three games, South Tahoe finished its season at 3-8.
But they played strong baseball in their two final losses, holding both teams to a one-run difference until late in the game.
Reno West scored only two runs in the first four innings, then rallied with seven in the fifth and five in the sixth.
“We made a few errors and couldn’t get any runs,” team manager Mark Shehadi said.
Mikey Van Gorden hit and Brian Vogt doubled, and that was it for South Tahoe.
“You got to hit balls to win games,” Shehadi said. “We hit the ball, we just hit it at people.”
“I’m really proud of the kids. We had a great time, and a lot of fun doing it,” Shehadi said. “Doug Van Gorden and Don Bosson — they were the heart and soul of this baseball team, along with the kids. “