South Tahoe lacking timely hits in loss
RENO – Leaving a pair of runners on base in each of the first two innings wore on the South Tahoe 11-12 All-Stars on Monday afternoon. Like former Lake Tahoe residents who sold their properties a decade ago, the All-Stars missed out on their window of opportunity.
South Tahoe stranded five baserunners in the first three innings and seven overall in a 14-3 district tournament loss to Carson Valley.
“We think we can beat these teams because we’re a good team and have a lot of good players, but we’re just not hitting the ball and watching a lot of strikes go by,” said South Tahoe outfielder Notanee Vasquez, who was stranded on second base in third inning and third in the fifth.
Carson Valley’s Cody Spates spanked a three-run homer off Otto Trebotich before spectators could settle in their warm seats at Swope Park.
Trebotich, who didn’t lose on the mound during the South Lake Tahoe National Little League season, gave up four hits and four runs in the first inning. The 12-year-old was frustrated that his three-pitch arsenal wasn’t getting the job done.
“They could hit my curves and my fastballs. I tried …,” Trebotich said.
South Tahoe got back a run in its half of the first as Korey Mazzoni scored from third on a wild pitch. But South Tahoe couldn’t knock in Gavin Chandler at third and Max DeLallo at second.
“Those missed opportunities very early caused us mentally not to be as strong,” said South Tahoe manager Andy Braun. “We’re seeing pitchers who are throwing a decent fastball, curveball, knuckleball and changeup.
“We need to hit that first-pitch fastball strike and we can.”
Carson Valley tacked on an unearned run in the second to go ahead 5-1.
Sensing that it was going to leave two more runners on base in the third, South Tahoe had Gavin Chandler steal home prior to a two-strike, two-out pitch to Adam Kingman. Chandler beat the tag to the plate, pulling South Tahoe within 5-2.
Any chance South Tahoe had at rallying disintegrated when a two-out line drive sailed over the right fielder’s head in the fourth. Before the two-out rally ended, Carson Valley led 10-2.
Kameron Van Winkle homered in the fifth and Carson Valley added three insurance runs in the top of the sixth.
Mazzoni scored for a second time on Vasquez’s wind-blown double in the fifth. Trebotich, who was relieved after the game-turning fourth inning, hit a two-out ground-rule double in the sixth but was stranded at third base.
South Tahoe (0-2) likely needs to win its next two games against Reno clubs to advance to the elimination round. It plays Reno National at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday and Reno American West at 5:30 p.m. Friday.
Today, South Tahoe’s 9-10 All-Stars (0-2) meet Reno Continental at 5:30 p.m. at Swope Park.