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Babe Ruth All-Stars advance to state

By Steve Yingling

Tribune sports editor

An opening-game defeat at the district tournament didn’t deter South Lake Tahoe 15-Year-Old Babe Ruth All-Stars from qualifying for the Northern Nevada state tournament.

South Lake Tahoe won three straight games and avenged a tournament-opening defeat to North Valleys on Sunday to advance to the eight-team state tournament that begins Saturday at Don Mello Park in Sparks.

North Tahoe grabbed the top seed from the Fernley district tournament by winning its first two games.

South Lake Tahoe (3-1) got the No. 2 seed by combining solid hitting with dominant pitching. After losing to North Valleys 12-9 in its opener, South Lake Tahoe stopped Fernley 11-1 behind the two-hit pitching of Cody Reeder.

Kevin Yelles, who was the winning pitcher in the South Tahoe Babe Ruth championship game recently, followed up Reeder’s gem with a four-hit shutout of Truckee, 11-0.

Reeder showed that he had something left in the tank by three-hitting North Valleys in an elimination game Sunday night. Reeder struck out 10 in his seven-inning complete-game performance.

“Our No. 1 pitcher couldn’t throw strikes in the first game and ever since then our kids pitched very, very well, particularly Reeder and Yelles,” said South Lake Tahoe skipper Don Amaral. “We just played solid baseball after three or four innings of the Game 1.”

Unofficial hitting leaders for South Lake Tahoe in the four games were Kyle Mazzoni, eight hits; Yelles, seven hits; and Garret Kankel, four pinch hits.

South Lake Tahoe is scheduled to meet Fallon in its state opener. The winner of the eight-team state tournament moves on to the regionals a week later in Taylorsville, Utah.


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