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Sparks rallies to take series from Babe Ruth 16 All-Stars

After winning the first game of the tournament, South Lake Tahoe’s 16-year-old Babe Ruth All-Stars fell to Sparks two games in a row. On Friday, the all-stars fell 20-0 in a four-inning contest and 16-6 in the rubber match on Saturday.

In the final contest, South Lake Tahoe fell behind 6-0 after the top of the first, but were able to close the gap to 6-1.

Leo Rodelo opened the bottom of the inning with a single and moved into scoring position after Willie Weldy walked. Jose Murray then hit a sacrifice fly to score Rodelo.



Tahoe’s next scoring opportunity came in the third when the all-stars scored three runs. The big hit of the inning came from the bat of Jordan Lucas, who knocked in two runs on a single. Rodelo opened the inning with a double and Weldy reached on a walk. Both runners moved into scoring position to set the table for Lucas on a wild pitch.

Lucas moved into scoring position on an infield out and a balk to put him at third base. The next batter was hit by a pitch and both Jonathan Coats and Chris Smith were issued free passes to push Lucas home for the third run of the inning.




But, Lucas was not done yet. In the fourth inning, Lucas added a two-run homer for the final runs of the game for Tahoe. Jaime Ortero opened the inning with a pinch-hit single before Lucas launched his homer.

“The bright spot for us was Jordan,” all-star manager Steve Weldy said. “Not only did he hit the home run, but he pitched a good ball game on Friday.”

After the game was when the real offensive action took place. During the game, the Sparks third baseman was being heckled from the stands. Weldy came out to calm the player, only to be shoved by the young man. A few of the South Lake Tahoe players came to the aid of their coach, but no punches were thrown and the players returned to the benches.

However, during the post-game exchange, a punch was thrown. One of the Tahoe players, who left the bench, hit the Sparks’ player in the chest before the coaches could break up the second fracas.

Friday’s contest was an error-filled one. South Tahoe’s outfielders were battling the sun all afternoon before the game was finally called after four innings.

Rodelo and Lucas both toed the rubber for the all-stars as they fell 20-0.

Despite the final score, Weldy was pleased with the way his pitchers threw.

“Leo and Jordan pitched good games,” Weldy said. “Leo held them to only two runs in the first two innings, but it was the errors that did us in. The kids weren’t really into the game and they were battling the sun all game long. Finally, I just decided to go ahead and call it because it wasn’t going to get better because of the sun.”


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