Little League Roundup |

Little League Roundup

Tribune Staff Reports

A shutout and a two-run rally in the bottom of the sixth inning highlighed the opening weekend of major division play in the South Tahoe National Little League.

Tyler Venema and Cavan Bowers combined on a three-hit shutout and eight strikeouts as the Michael L. Dupree CPA Giants defeated the Thunderbird Lodge Cubs 10-0 on Saturday.

The Giants’ Kyle Dupree collected three hits and scored two runs and Spencer Orman added three hits and a run. Ivan Trebotich had a double among his two hits and leadoff hitter Otto Trebotich reached base three times and scored three runs.

No opening weekend game matched the theatrics of the Frank’s TV Diamondbacks-Rotary Club Reds matchup on Saturday.

Trailing 2-1 going into their last at-bat, the Diamondbacks pushed across two runs, including a two-out, game-winning RBI single by Brandon Etcheberry for the 3-2 victory.

Kevin Lucero and Tony Stagnero fueled the rally with base hits and by crossing home plate. Lucero also was the winning pitcher, working all six innings. He gave up four hits, including first-inning doubles by Kevin Yelles and Alex Spencer, and fanned five.

The Diamondbacks managed only two hits and fanned nine times off Tyler Cobrae and Jason Winslow going into the final inning.

In other games:

Marlins 13, A’s 3

Joel Morris cracked three singles and drove in four runs as the Lake Tahoe Coin, Jewelry & Loan Marlins stymied the Sierra-at-Tahoe A’s.

Scott Hofman’s RBI triple ignited a four-run fourth inning and Morris’ two-run single capped a three-run fifth.

Sam Pierini also collected three hits and scored three runs for the winners. Vince Capellino fulfilled his leadoff duties, getting on base four times and scoring four runs. Garrett Kankel had two hits and a run for the Marllins.

Hoffman and Morris each worked three innings, allowing a collective six hits while punching out nine.

Gavin Chandler came up big from his sixth spot, pounding out a triple and two singles, and scoring two runs.

Rangers 7, Pirates 5

Back-to-back two-run doubles by Ryan Woods and Brian Popeney were part of five consecutive hits during Holmgren’s Tree Service Rangers’ winning rally in the fifth inning.

The Olivo, Zicko, etc. Pirates were in command 5-2 in the fifth before singles by Derek Holmgren, Chad Cooney and Jake Leonard and doubles by Woods and Popeney. Popeney finished with two doubles and a single and two runs. Cooney was 2 for 2 with a run scored.

Woods and Popeney allowed only five hits, including a double and run by Kyle Heidt.

Yankees 8, Rockies 7

Travis Soto’s one-out single scored Ryan Jaurequi with the winning run in the sixth inning as the Edgewood Tahoe Golf Course Yankees edged the Lakeside Inn Rockies.

James Denny, Shayne Rowe and Tony Thomaselli and Abby Kingman led the Yankees with two hits.

Rockies’ leadoff hitter Katie Gettman had three hits.

Giants 7, Marlins 2

Tyler Alexander and Kyle Dupree scattered five hits and struck out seven as the Michael L. Dupree CPA Giants received more good pitching to dispatch the Lake Tahoe Coin, Jewelry & Loan Marlins.

Ivan Trebotich’s two-run single kick-started the Giants’ five-run first inning. Dupree and Chris Russo smacked three hits, while Trebotich tagged two.

Vince Capellino singled and scored both of the Marlins’ runs.

Pirates 20, A’s 8

The Olivo, Zicko, etc. Pirates slammed six doubles, including a pair by Michael Blank, during an 11-run fourth inning.

Michael Olivo, Kyle DeGrande, Colt Johnson and Trey Cherry also doubled during the huge inning that saw 15 batters come to the plate.

Johnson led the Pirates’ 18-hit attack with four hits.

Brendan Rice tripled, singled and scored a run for the A’s.

D-Backs 12, Cubs 2

Tony Stagnaro and Caleb Brown tossed a four-hitter as the Frank’s TV Diamondbacks downed the Thunderbird Lodge Cubs.

It was an extra special start for the Diamondbacks, whose first four batters had extra-base hits to key a six-run uprising. Wade Calkins and Kevin Lucero stroked back-to-back triples and then Caleb Brown and Tony Stagnaro launched doubles in the first inning.

Lucero finished with four hits, while Brown had two.

Jeff Guarino had two hits for the Cubs.

Rangers 11, Rockies 5

Ryan Woods and Chad Cooney each launched two-run triples as the Holmgren’s Tree Service Rangers defeated the Lakeside Inn Rockies.

Cooney topped the Rangers’ hitting charts with three hits, while Woods, Jake Leonard and Derek Holmgren contributed two hits.

Katie Gettman led the Rockies with two hits.

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