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South Tahoe has it all but enough hits vs. Reno Continental

According to Matt Bobman, this Little League All-Star thing is all a matter of adjustment. The South Lake Tahoe standout did a good job of that on Wednesday, but it just wasn’t enough.

“All-Stars are real different from the regular season,” said Bobman, who pitched a strong game and provided a good portion of his team’s offense. “Everything moves faster. The pitches, even the curves. I’ve been here before so I kind of knew about it. But it takes a while to adjust.”

Bobman struck out eight and had two of his team’s four hits, but Reno Continental came away with a 4-1 victory over South Tahoe in the first round of the Nevada District 1 All-Star Tournament at Lemmon Valley Park.

Tahoe now drops to the loser’s bracket of the double-elimination event, where it will take on a team yet to be determined on Friday at 7 p.m. Tahoe can still win the tournament, but it would be a long haul – it would need six straight wins to claim the District 1 title and move on.

In another first-round game played Wednesday, Truckee beat North Lake Tahoe, 5-3.

Things looked good early for South Lake Tahoe. In fact, the first batter it

sent to the plate – Kyle Jones – singled and eventually scored. Bobman provided that RBI with a hard grounder past the second baseman, which brought South Tahoe to within a run at 2-1.

Reno had struck for two runs in the top of the first for all the offense it would need.

After Bobman’s single in the first, South Tahoe experienced drought conditions in the desert. Reno pitcher Mike Lienert set down 13 of the next 14 batters he faced and finished with 10 strikeouts while allowing only four hits.

Darren Perucci broke Lienert’s spell with a single in the sixth, which started a South Tahoe scoring threat. The previous batter, Jones, was hit by a pitch. Perucci’s single put runners on first and second with none out. Bobman then singled, but Jones was thrown out at home on a good relay from center field. Two strikeouts then ended the game.

In the top of the sixth, Lienert had slammed a two-run home run to give Reno a little insurance.

“Matt pitched a great game,” said South Tahoe manager Don Bosson. “It just came down to one pitch against their No. 4 hitter, with two strikes on him. But we’re still alive and we’ll be back Friday, ready to play.”

Said Bobman: “He (Lienert) had a good fastball, and he throws his curve

anywhere in the count. It took us a little while to adjust; I think we were a little nervous at first. But then we got going.”

South Tahoe third baseman Greg Dupree, second baseman Adam Wagner and Bobman all made outstanding defensive plays.

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