Little League All-Stars clobber Truckee
South Tahoe’s 11-Year-Old All-Stars concluded the Nevada District I Tournament with a 14-4 pounding of Truckee on Saturday in Reno.
Alex Vogt pitched a complete-game victory and Wade Norberg hit a home run. South Tahoe was 1-3 in pool play and did not qualify for the elimination round.
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A familiar storyline set in on the all-stars on Friday night: Opposing team takes control of the game early.
South Tahoe fell behind Reno National 8-0 after two innings and the likelihood of making it through all six innings seemed about as good as California reimbursing the local community for raising hundreds of thousands of dollars to fund athletics.
But South Tahoe players kept their focus and composure and battled the big-city program to the final out, outscoring Reno 7-1 over the final four innings before falling 9-7 at South Valley Complex.
“It was great fun to watch us come back and more fun to be playing in it,” said Dillon McKeen, one of the main reasons South Tahoe rallied.
McKeen relieved starter Mike Weber after two innings and limited Reno to one hit and one run during his three-inning stint.
“It wasn’t that hard and I really wasn’t that scared,” McKeen said.
South Tahoe left the bases loaded in each of the final two innings, missing a chance to pull the upset. But the mountain all-stars showed their determination by beginning their sixth-inning comeback after two were out.
Jess Latta started the rally with a walk. Nick Pillsbury followed with a single to right, advancing pinch-runner Connor Yingling to second. Moriah’s ensuing single to left – her game-high third of the game – loaded the bases. A walk to Vogt scored Yingling, making the score 9-7.
But reliever Nick Moody retired the final hitter on strikes, ending a gritty comeback by South Tahoe.
“I think they realized they were playing a good team and how good of a team they are themselves,” said South Tahoe manager Steve Kolesnik. “They never gave up and their attitudes were awesome.”
South Tahoe began chipping away at the huge Reno lead in the third. Connor Ferris’ two-out double to right-center field scored Wade Norberg (walk) and Michael Weber (double).
South Tahoe added its third run when McKeen doubled home Vogt.
But with Reno changing pitchers every inning and not finding a stopper, South Tahoe continued its comeback in the fifth. Walks to Weber, Ferris and Yingling quickly loaded the bases. After a strikeout, Lane’s infield hit scored Weber. After a fielder’s choice got the runner at home, Justin Dalton’s walk brought home Yingling, making the score 9-5. McKeen capped the inning with a single to score Lane.
South Tahoe left 12 runners on base but had a tournament-high 10 hits.