Stars trail Bandits by one to close season
The North Tahoe Bandits stole one more from the Tahoe Stars in Senior Babe Ruth baseball on Tuesday.
Trailing 6-0 after the top of the first inning, the Stars came back to lose 11-10 in the bottom of the seventh under the lights at Todd Fields.
The loss was their second straight against the Bandits, who they played at Incline Village last Thursday and lost 6-5.
They are 1-3 against North Tahoe this summer.
“With the exception of one game, we’ve had three one-run games,” said Bob Habeger, manager of the 8-3 Bandits. “We’re pretty evenly matched teams.”
The Bandits leadoff batter Ryan Lane cranked a double in his first at-bat against A.J. Russo.
With one out, Bobby Habeger singled, followed by a two-run single by Steve Derby.
Russo closed out the inning, fanning three batters but not before giving up five hits and six runs.
The Stars came back within one largely due to Russo’s three-run shot off Sean Spaulding over the center-field fence.
Then Kevin Woodman cranked a homer between center and left, bouncing the ball off berms in the BMX course behind Al Tahoe Elementary School.
Noah Matteucci, the last batter in the order, singled to bring Woodman home and Marcus McKinnon, the Stars’ leadoff batter, back to the plate for the last out.
Russo headed back to the mound trailing 6-5, when Lane, who trailed only his brother Robert in hitting during the regular season at Incline High School, slapped another home run between center and left, the third homer of the day.
Russo walked the next two batters before getting the talk from Stars manager Doug Russell.
Then came the battle of the McDermotts.
Allan McDermott hit Derby in his first throw, then faced Cacey McDermott, who took the mound for the Bandits the next inning.
Allan McDermott struck out Casey McDemott, then caught Miles Miller heading home for the last out in the second.
The Bandits racked up four more runs on Russo and three of four hits in the second to lead 10-5.
The Stars weren’t through with their offensive spree, either.
Russo hit an RBI double in his next at bat to bring in Spencer Craig.
Steven Gerken and Russo scored on passed balls to bring the score up to 10-8.
In the battle of the McDermotts, Allan came out the victor, allowing three hits, two walks and one run in four innings. Cacey McDermott gave up three hits, three walks and four runs in 4 1/3 innings.
Peter Maes closed the last two frames for the Stars, fanning three of the next six outs while allowing one hit.
Branden Gregory pitched the last two for the Bandits, fanning four of six batters and walking one.
Of the games the Stars have been able to play after losing several of their players to vacations or apathy, they finished the season 9-7-1.
They didn’t play a scheduled doubleheader on Sunday against the Braves from Sparks or the Phillies the previous Sunday.
The Stars start a four-team Fourth of July tournament against Daly City on Friday at 7 p.m. at Todd Fields. Whittell High coach Don Amaral also has a fall team entered in the tournament.