Hooligans raising heck in Reno
South Tahoe earned a shot at area power Reno Continental with victories on Saturday and Sunday in the Little League district Hooligan baseball tournament in Reno.
South Tahoe 17, North Tahoe 0
Albert Palaroan only allowed one hit and Jake Jacobs slapped three hits and scored three runs as South Tahoe opened the double-elimination tournament with a victory.
Jacobs also knocked in four runs – two on a single and one each with a double and single.
Palaroan didn’t allow a hit until Ryan Williams rapped a single with two out in the fourth inning. The game only lasted four innings because of the 10-run rule.
Vinnie Stagnaro came off the bench to hit a two-run double to highlight a six-run third inning.
Jharrett Neamo, Kevin Schlange and Matt Shively contributed two hits to Tahoe’s 15-hit attack.
South Tahoe 8, Carson National 7
Surrendering was never a consideration for South Tahoe against Carson National on Sunday, as adversity only made it stronger as a unit.
South Tahoe took a 3-0 lead into the top of the sixth inning, but four straight hits keyed a four-run rally.
Needing a run to tie, South Tahoe’s Jerel Dutton led off the bottom of the sixth with a double. A passed ball moved Dutton to third base, and then he stole home to force extra innings.
Carson applied another apparent knockout punch by scoring three runs in the top of the seventh inning. But a gritty South Tahoe club’s first five hitters reached base in the bottom of the seventh, producing four runs and an unlikely victory.
Troy Radke walked to start the comeback. Then Neamo and Jacobs walked. Meanwhile, Radke stole home to make the score 7-5. Schlange followed with a two-run double to knot the score at 7. Dutton’s misplayed ball to center field plated Schlange with the winning run.
Neamo finished with three hits.
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