South Tahoe hosting Little League Intermediate 50/70 Division championship series, faces Las Vegas opposition for title |

South Tahoe hosting Little League Intermediate 50/70 Division championship series, faces Las Vegas opposition for title

Anthony Gentile

SOUTH LAKE TAHOE — A Little League All-Star team from the South Shore will contend for a state title on its home field this weekend, June 25-26. South Tahoe hosts Summerlin North (Las Vegas) for the Nevada Intermediate 50/70 Division state championship in a best-of-three series at Todd Fields Park.

“It’s a fantastic opportunity,” South Tahoe manager Mark Lehmann said. “The kids are thrilled — they’ve been in a lot of championship games before, so to host it on our home field is pretty thrilling.”

The Intermediate 50/70 Division was introduced by Little League in 2010 for 12- and 13-year-old players, and features a 50-foot pitching distance and 70-foot basepaths. It offers a transition between Little League field sizes and dimensions at the Babe Ruth level and beyond — 60 feet, 6 inches for pitching and 90-foot basepaths.

“[Our kids] have a lot of experience and the strategy is like traditional baseball,” Lehmann said. It starts with pitching and defense, smart baserunning and aggressive hitting.”

South Tahoe’s roster includes Andrew Lehmann, Cameron Lehmann, Deven Sukha, Eric Vasser, Isiah Daly, Jaden Aquino, Kade Koeppen, Kyle Clark, Levi Shambaugh, Miles Hamburg, Travis Lee and Ty Loughlin — players that also play Babe Ruth locally. Albert Aquino and Pradip Patel coach alongside Mark Lehmann.

“They’ve been playing together since they were 6 or 7, and they’ve been successful pretty much at every level — lots of great athletes and it’s rewarding for them,” Lehmann said. “They’ve put in a lot of great hard work, and it’s paid off.”

The three-game championship series between South Tahoe and Summerlin North begins Saturday at noon. The second game will be held Sunday at 10 a.m., with a third game if necessary afterward.

“We’re expecting them to be pretty solid,” Lehmann said of the Las Vegas opposition.

This weekend’s winner will represent Nevada as one of nine states in the West Regional Tournament held July 18-28 in Nogales, Arizona. The Intermediate 50/70 Division World Series will be played July 31-Aug. 7 in Livermore, California.

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