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South Tahoe 14s enjoying Fallon locale

Steve Ranson, Tribune News Service

FALLON – South Tahoe has found a second home – at least for the first two games the 14-year-old all-stars have played in Fallon.

For the second time in three days, South Tahoe came from behind in the Nevada State Babe Ruth 14-year-old tournament to advance to another round.

After spotting Sparks a 2-0 lead in the top of the first, South Tahoe roared back with four runs and coasted to a 10-5 win Saturday afternoon.

“I thought at first when Sparks was scoring their runs, this is going to be a tough one,” said South Tahoe skipper Dan Holmgren.

But the fears changed to euphoria after South Tahoe rattled Sparks for four runs in the bottom of the first and three more in the second to take a five-run lead.

“The kids were pumped today. They came out hitting the ball and played good defense,” Holmgren said when analyzing his team’s play.

Just when Sparks appeared to be coming back, South Tahoe made the defensive plays to send the Rail City all-stars back to the dugout.

Sparks jumped on South Tahoe pitcher Kyle Dupree for three-straight hits to open the game. David Graves’ double in the gap drove in two runs. Dupree, though, received some good defense when his teammates turned a double play, then he retired Eric Newsome.

An error, an infield hit and a walk to load the bases put South Tahoe in business in the bottom of the first. Max Simonian lifted a sacrifice fly to cut the lead in half.

First baseman Joel Morris jumped on a fast ball and stroked a deep double to the outfield to send home two more runs for a 3-2 lead. After a pitching change and two batters later, an errant pickoff from Sparks’ pitcher Duran Diguarto led to the fourth run.

Dupree retired Sparks in order in the second. In the bottom of the inning, South Tahoe loaded the bases again. Simonian crushed the first ball he saw for a three-run double to give South Tahoe a 7-2 lead.

Holmgren kept his pitchers fresh. Cameron Hausfeld and Simonian finished the game for South Tahoe.

“Cam and Max shut them down,” Holmgren said.

South Tahoe scored two runs in the third inning on a balk and when Jake Leonard was hit with the bases loaded.

“Our batters had the clutch hits,” said South Tahoe’s Jake Leonard.

But he was more impressed with his teammates’ defense.

“Our defense is good. We had a few errors, but everyone did his job.”

Sparks allowed South Tahoe to load the bases in the bottom of the first, but South Tahoe could score only one run, that coming when Kyle Digrande drove in a run after being hit.

Sparks scored a run in the fourth and two more in the sixth on RBI hits from Fabian Reza and Kip Thompson.

South Tahoe defeated North Valleys 5-4 on Thursday but fell to South Reno on Sunday evening. South Tahoe plays today at 5 p.m. against an opponent to be determined.


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