South Tahoe Babe Ruth baseball all-stars win Nevada State Championship |

South Tahoe Babe Ruth baseball all-stars win Nevada State Championship

J.P. Kelsey
Pictured, top row, L-R: Manager Jeff Long, coach Mark Lehmann, Ricardo Aguila, Jose Burgueno, Chris Hoefer, Colby Glaze, Connor Long and coach Starbuck Teevan; bottom row: Andrew Lehmann, Cameron Lehmann, Kyle Clark, Carson Cobel, Jaden Aquino, Josh Brackett and Travis Lee
Courtesy/ South Tahoe Babe Ruth |

The South Tahoe 13 to 15-year-old Babe Ruth all-star baseball team pulled off a three-game sweep to win the July 13 through 15 Nevada State Championship held at Todd Field.

This is the third consecutive year South Tahoe’s 13-15 Babe Ruth team has taken the state championship. South Tahoe will again take to Todd Field this week to compete in and host the Pacific Southwest Regional (PSR) tournament that wraps up Saturday, July 29.

“We are excited to advance to the Pacific Southwest Championship again this year as Nevada state champs,” said Jeff Long, South Tahoe team manager. “We’re looking forward to matching up with other teams in our region.”

Game one of the state championship against Sparks resulted in an offensive pounding by South Tahoe, winning 14-0. With the team being led by Jaden Aquino’s one-hitter on the mound, South Tahoe wracked up 14 runs to end the game early in the fifth inning. Long said he felt good about coming out strong, but knew they still had games to win.

“The guys really played a great game to open the series,” said Long. “We came out strong on Thursday against Sparks and my pitcher really took control of the game. We had a lot of guys hitting the ball too to give us a comfortable lead.”

Game two on July 14 against South Reno team was a little closer, but South Tahoe ultimately finished on top with a comfortable 8-2 win. Colby Glaze was leading the defense on the mound and quickly got things back under control after giving up a couple runs in the first inning. Long said that with the rest of defense stepping up to support Glaze’s effort put his offense in prefect position to get South Tahoe back on top.

The championship game saw South Tahoe paired against Sparks again, but this time Sparks put up a little bit more of a fight. Sparks remained scoreless until the sixth, but their attempt at a late-inning rally was shut down with South Tahoe’s 4-1 win. Rico Aquila was on the mound and managed a 5-inning shutout, with Sparks only gaining one run in the sixth inning.

“We are extremely proud of the team this year and how well they play together,” said Long. “All the guys on this team contribute and that translates to quality baseball and ultimately success.”

The PSR tournament will be made up of teams representing Northern California, Central California, Southern California, Arizona, Northern Utah, Southern Utah, Nevada and Hawaii.  

“The kids love playing in front of a large, local crowd,” said Long. “So please come out and support the team.”

South Tahoe is currently down one game in the PSR tournament, having lost, 4-0, against Lompoc on Monday. The final result of South Tahoe’s game against Northern Utah was not available at press time.

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