High-scoring All-Stars finish 1-2 in state tourney
By Steve Yingling
Tribune sports editor
Runs were at a premium for the South Tahoe Babe 14-Year-Old All-Stars during the state tournament last weekend in Reno.
South Tahoe scored 35 runs in three games, but the All-Stars only came away with one victory. Opponents scored 42 runs to negate the offensive fireworks by South Tahoe.
South Tahoe won its tournament opener on Saturday as Andrew Chavez slugged a grand slam in a 15-12 victory over Fallon. Conrad Iacobellis went 2 for 3 and scored twice, and Kory DiGrande pitched the final inning to preserve the win.
Carson City pushed across three runs in the final inning to slip by South Tahoe 14-13 on Saturday night. It was South Tahoe’s second game in a six-hour span.
The All-Stars jumped out to a 6-0 lead, but Carson fought back.
Hitting stars for South Tahoe were Chris Yarrow, 2 for 4 with two runs scored; Alex Lopez, 2 for 3, two RBIs and two runs scored; Christian Winslow, double and a run scored; and T.J. Kolesnik, RBI single.
Kolesnik also pitched well during his four innings of relief work, according to manager Brent Kostelnik.
North Valleys eliminated South Tahoe 13-10 on Sunday. South Tahoe fell behind from the start and a four-run seventh-inning rally wasn’t enough.
“We really didn’t start playing until the fourth inning and by then it was too late to come back,” Kostelnik said.
DiGrande contributed two hits and scored a run and Connor Ferris rapped two hits.
The high-scoring All-Stars finished the state tournament with a 1-2 record.
“It was great working with these kids and I hope to get to work with them next year,” Kostelnik said.