Reno Continental avoids a Tahoe shock treatment |

Reno Continental avoids a Tahoe shock treatment

GARDNERVILLE – The 11-12 all-stars didn’t shock the world Tuesday, but they sure played their hearts out before falling to Reno Continental, 11-2, at Aspen Park.

The South Lake Tahoe bats fell prey to Reno starting pitcher J.J. Mulligan, who had a perfect game through three innings and struck out 12 Tahoe batters.

“That pitcher’s 6-foot-2 and throwing beebees,” all-star manager Mark Shehadi said. “I was thinking about bunting early, but I had to get the kids to swing.”

Reno Continental went up 9-0 before South Tahoe’s bats began to connect against Mulligan in the fourth inning.

Jack Williams broke up the perfect game with a dying quail over the third baseman’s head to open the inning. Kevin Schlange followed with a single of his own. Both runners advanced into scoring position on a passed ball before Buck Pershing was issued a free pass to load the bases with none out.

Spencer Dean laced a ground-rule double past a diving first baseman to score both Schlange and Williams for Tahoe’s only runs.

“That was a big hit by Spencer,” Shehadi said. “Williams had a leadoff single and Kevin Schlange followed with another. They studded up.”

Dean’s shot would have been an inside-the-park home run, but the ball rolled between the wall and the foul pole, causing the two Tahoe runners to return to second and third bases.

Reno’s big inning came in the third when 11 batters came to the plate. Brennan Lockert opened the inning with a homer over the center-field fence. Eric Moppin followed with a double and the hits just kept coming. All the hits compounded with errors were too much for South Tahoe to overcome.

“I’m very proud of the kids. They didn’t give up,” Shehadi said. “They battled the whole way and we were in the game to the end.”

With the dying sun behind the batters, fielding was difficult for both teams.

“I asked the commissioner if we could move the game to eight, but they wouldn’t do it,” Shehadi said.

South Tahoe will face Sparks National today at 6:30 p.m.

“If we keep winning, then we play all week,” Shehadi said. “And I expect to be playing on Saturday (in the championship).”

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