South Tahoe starts 1-1 in Babe Ruth tournament |

South Tahoe starts 1-1 in Babe Ruth tournament

The Babe Ruth All-Stars State Tournament for 14-year-olds began the way local fans had hoped.

South Tahoe opened the eight-team double-elimination tournament with a 13-3 six-inning pounding of Fallon on Saturday night at Todd Fields.

Like any manager would hope, South Tahoe skipper Don Bosson received solid pitching, clutch hitting and sound fielding.

“The entired defense was really outstanding,” Bosson said.

South Tahoe played Reno West on Sunday night in a winners’ bracket game. The winner earned today off, while the loser must play Fallon in an elimination game tonight at 8.

Fallon pushed across an unearned run in the first inning, but South Tahoe flexed its muscles the rest of the way, scoring three runs in the second and seven in the fourth.

Brian Vogt’s two-run single and Ryan Bosson’s RBI double highlighted South Tahoe’s big fourth inning. Bryan Finkel triggered the three-run second with an RBI triple.

The lead was more than enough for South Tahoe starter Marcus Mellberg, who pitched four-hit ball over four innings. Matt Bobman closed out the final two innings before the 10-run rule came into play in the sixth.

Ryan Bosson kept the South Tahoe rallies going with three hits and two runs. Mellberg was equally imposing at the plate, lashing two hits. In addition, Jason DeBacker had two hits and two RBIs and Chris Thorne scored twice.

Josh Mauga was 2 for 2 for Fallon.

Tournament Roundup

Fallon 12, Elko 2

Fallon bounced back from its first-round defeat behind the three-hit performance of Cullen Bryant and the combined four-hit pitching of Josh Mauga and Tom Martinez.

Mauga, Martinez, Justin Dellera, Andrew Kamps and Colby Ingram cracked two hits for the winners.

Jonathan Morales provided half of Elko’s hits.

North Valley 8, Carson City 4

No. 1 and No. 2 hitters Mark Albers and Charles Scott produced four hits and five runs between them as North Valley eliminated Carson City on Sunday.

Ben Harris of North Valley collected a triple and single.

Kyle Winter socked an RBI triple among his two hits for Carson.

Sparks 11, Carson City 3

Jake McGee and Matt Pagni combined on an eight-hitter while striking out eight as Sparks opened the tournament with a win Saturday.

Ryan Lamlee spearheaded Sparks’ 12-hit attack by going 4 for 4. Zach May and Nick Manguso delivered two hits apiece.

South Reno 13, North Valley 2

Mike Hellen’s two-single during a seven-run third inning broke it open and South Reno cruised to its opening-game win Saturday.

The support was more than enough for Nate Manca and Beau Travis, who shut down North Valley on four hits.

Reno West 14, Elko 6

Elko caught Reno West sleeping by plating six runs by the end of the second inning, but the Reno team dominated over the final five frames.

J.P. Todd and Matt McKissick each went 3 for 4 to drive a 17-hit offensive.

Pitcher Bryan Hill worked the final four innings, shutting out Elko on two hits and fanning eight. Starter Dustin Rosness struck out six during his brief stint on the mound.


July 14-19

At Todd Fields, South Lake Tahoe

Saturday, July 14 Games

Sparks 11, Carson City 3

South Reno 13, North Valley 2

Reno West 14, Elko 6

South Lake Tahoe 13, Fallon 3, 6 innings

Sunday, July 15 Games

North Valley 8, Carson City 4

Fallon 12, Elko 2, 5 innings

South Reno 10, Sparks 0

Reno West 5, South Lake Tahoe 3

Monday, July 16 Games

North Valley vs. South Lake Tahoe, 5 p.m.

Fallon vs. Sparks, 8 p.m.

Tuesday, July 17 Games

Losers’ bracket game, 5 p.m.

Winners’ bracket game, 8 p.m.

Wednesday, July 18 Game

Losers’ bracket game, 7 p.m.

Thursday, July 19 Game


6 p.m.. (if second game is needed, it will begin 30 minutes after the first one)

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