South shore used local knowledge to win
Home-field advantage proved to be the edge the South Tahoe All-Stars and Hooligans needed as the two South Shore teams won Tuesday in the first day of the King of the Lake tournament.
“It was a barn burner,” Hooligan coach Gary Moore said. “It was a great baseball game and Carson Valley is a good squad. We beat them by a run. It was a great game.”
The Hooligans defeated Carson Valley 9-8 in a six-inning see-saw battle.
Carson Valley made one last attempt at winning the game in the bottom of the sixth, when they scored three runs to pull within one. But Zach Kropf was able get a pop-up to first to end the rally.
Roman Davis opened the inning with a single and Tommy O’Brien walked to put runners on first and second with only one out. Philip Mannelly then dropped a base hit down the left-field line to score both Davis and O’Brien.
In the top of the sixth, the Hooligans scored the winning run. Already up 7-5, South Tahoe’s James Moore opened the stanza with a single and went to second on a passed ball. Bubba Hernandez delivered a single to score Moore.
In the first inning, the Hooligans scored two runs. David Schue led off with a walk and Zach Kropf and Ian Rice reached on consecutive errors to load the bases with no one out.
Schue scored when James Moore hit into a fielder’s choice for the first run of the game. Garrett Gibb followed with a RBI single for the second run.
That lead would be short-lived as Carson came back with two runs in the bottom of the inning. Davis opened the rally with a walk, D. J. Bradley followed with a fielder’s choice. O’Brien, Ryan Pruitt and Reese Kizer all drew free passes to force home two runs.
Both the Hooligans and Carson added runs in the second to remain tied at three.
Then in the third, Chris Diana of Tahoe hit a single and went to second on a passed ball. He later scored on after Jacob Hash, R. J. Gardner and Schue all drew walks. Kropf followed with an RBI single to push Tahoe ahead 7-3.
In the fifth, Carson drew closer as Mannelly and Kizer reached base and were driven in on a Austin Barnett double.
Moore was excited for his team’s hard-fought win and was anxious for today’s showdown with the Tahoe All-Stars.
“It was a great baseball game,” said Moore, who co-coached the Hooligans with Darrell Schue in the district tournament. “The Hooligans were playing some very good fundamental baseball. A lot of the all-star teams are bigger and more powerful, but our fundamentals were very sound.
“There’s a long way to go in this tournament yet. (Today against Tahoe All-Stars) will be one of our toughest contests.”
The Tahoe All-Stars advanced to today’s showdown by beating North Tahoe, 5-1.
Like the Hooligans, the Tahoe All-Stars opened their scoring in the first inning. Kevin Schlange got aboard before Spencer Dean delivered a two-run home run to put Tahoe up 2-0.
The all-stars never looked back as they continued to increase their lead in the second when Ryan Crosh, Kyle Miller, and Chris Shapiro all scored.
The only run for North Tahoe came in the fourth. The North All-Stars used a double and a single to get on the board.
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