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Tahoe has its own fireworks show for Fourth of July weekend

Michael Traum

Baseball and the Fourth of July holiday – two American pastimes. The pair will be combined in the annual South Tahoe Senior Babe Ruth Fourth of July Tournament, scheduled for today through Sunday, in South Lake Tahoe.

Tahoe opens play vs. Belmont today at 9 a.m. Joining the eight-team tournament are Redwood City, San Mateo, Fernley, Fairfield, North Oakland and San Carlos.

“What better is there to do than watch baseball on the Fourth of July weekend,” said Tahoe coach David Santee. “This is going to be the best baseball you can see in this town. The teams are mostly 17- and 18-year-olds. They go all out when they’re up here.”

Greg Bruso will get the start for Tahoe in the opener. Santee said he thinks Tahoe’s bracket, which includes games with San Mateo on Friday at 3 p.m. and Redwood City on Saturday at 2 p.m., should provide a challenge for the local seniors.

“Our main goal is to win a state tournament. The tougher the teams through the year, the more prepared we’re going to be,” Santee said. “I think Bruso can beat Belmont if we can score some runs and make all the routine plays.”

The tournament is Tahoe’s main season fund-raiser. While admission is free, Santee hopes the snack shack will be busy.

“We’d like to get good fan support,” he said.

Tahoe (11-7) enters the tourney having gone 2-2 last weekend. The locals beat the Reno Raiders on Saturday, 7-6 and 14-13, before losing a pair to the Sparks Tribe, 10-7 and 4-3.

Tahoe came from behind in both wins. In the first game, Chris Barna doubled and scored to tie it before Carson Triggs stole home on a suicide squeeze executed by Matt Solbrig. Chris Hourula added three hits to help Thrace Ramsey earn the win. In the nightcap, Tahoe scored eight times in the final inning. A two-run Barna homer led the comeback for a David McKenna win.

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