South Tahoe 14s beat North Valleys
Tribune News Service
FALLON – Mother Nature threw a curve ball with a rumbling thunderstorm and several rain delays, but South Tahoe pounced on the pitch with an opening win of its own Thursday at the 14-year-old Babe Ruth state tournament.
South Tahoe came back with two runs in the top of the sixth to nip North Valleys 5-4. Winning pitcher Cam Hausfeld hurled the middle innings to pick up the win.
Hot weather has been a daily topic in western Nevada for almost 10 days. But this time South Tahoe manager Dan Holmgren breathed a sigh of relief that the hour-long rain storm cooled temperatures in the Lahontan Valley from the low 100s to the low 80s.
“The rain definitely helped the boys out. It (the rain) cooled the boys off,” said Holmgren. “This was a real treat.”
Two rain delays totaling 56 minutes effected both teams, but Holmgren felt South Tahoe benefited more with the cooler temperatures. He said prior to the tournament, he and his players were dreading the prospect of playing in triple-digit heat.
This time, though, Mother Nature came off the bench and delivered for South Tahoe.
Both teams scored one run in the first inning. South Tahoe’s Jake Leonard led off with a single. Two outs later, Max Simonian laced a single to centerfield for the game’s first run.
North Valleys, which comprises Golden and Lemmon valleys in north Reno, Red Rock, Stead and Cold Springs, tied the game in the bottom of the inning with a two out single from Trevor Holman.
North Valleys broke the tie with a run in the second inning. With one out Mitch Von Ronk ripped an RBI single, and he later scored on a sacrifice fly.
South Tahoe, though, jumped on North Valleys for a pair of runs in the third inning.
Kyle DiGrande led off with a single followed by Colt Johnston’s double deep to left field. Gary Prescott then hit an RBI single to tie the game.
North Valleys came back and took its final lead with a run in the fifth. Trevor Hammond drove in the Reno team’s fourth and final run.
Holmgren said the errors were a disappointment, but he was pleased with the team’s resolve.
“The boys came back and didn’t give up,” he said.
South Tahoe banged out nine hits to North Valley’s five. South Tahoe also stranded nine base runners while North Valleys left seven runners on the bags.
South Tahoe plays Saturday at 5 p.m. against Sparks. North Valleys plays in a losers bracket game on Saturday at 1 p.m.
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