South Tahoe 9-10 lose to Washoe
CARSON CITY — Washoe turned up the pitching machine’s speed dial on the South Tahoe 9-10 All-Stars on Sunday night.
His name was Luke Hooper.
Hooper pitched a one-hitter and struck out 11 as Washoe defeated South Tahoe 10-0 in five innings in a Little League district tournament winner’s bracket game at Governor’s Field.
“Their starter just overpowered us,” said South Tahoe coach Michael Blank.
The loss was South Tahoe’s first in the double-elimination format. Therefore, South Tahoe can earn another crack at Washoe by beating either Carson Valley or Reno American East at 6 p.m. today. Washoe advanced to Tuesday’s championship game.
“Hopefully we’ll have another chance at them after (tonight),” Blank said.
At one point, Hooper struck out eight straight batters. He carried a no-hitter into the fifth inning, but Max Delallo hit a sharp one-out grounder past Cole Atencio for South Tahoe’s first hit.
South Tahoe starting pitcher Otto Trebotich and Delallo kept their team close through two innings. Trebotich fanned a batter in each inning, but a passed ball allowed Eric Howsley to score the first run in the first. Howsley was hit by a pitch and advanced to third on Tanner Murray’s shot through the infield for a double.
Delallo, playing third base, prevented a big Washoe rally in the second with two lightning-quick reflex catches. The first shot came off Taylor Bates’ bat, which Delallo turned into a snow-cone grab. Delallo also caught Garrett Shutt’s liner with a runner on third base.
Trebotich was hit by a pitch for the second time in the top of the third. The play caused a meeting between umpires and coaches. Tournament rules empower umpires to decide when a pitcher has hit too many batters before removing the hurler from the game.
Trebotich, who was hit in the middle of his back, shook off the pain and remained in the game. He was replaced on the mound by Delallo in a third inning that saw Washoe score four runs.
Delallo pitched a scoreless fourth, but Washoe closed out the win an inning early by pushing across five runs against Delallo and Korey Mazzoni in the fifth.
“We had an off day by not hitting their pitcher and not making any plays,” Delallo said.
The matchup of unbeatens was originally scheduled for Saturday night, but heavy rain and lightning pushed back the game until Sunday.