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Tahoe Smoke enjoys success at tournament

Even though the record might not show it, the Tahoe Smoke Under-16 softball team made significant strides at last weekend’s ASA tournament on South Shore.

Led by strong hitting performances from Chelsea Bartlett, Danielle Lowe and Brittany Barcellos, Tahoe went 1-1-2 against some of the top teams in Northern California.

“I was very pleased with how we played the whole weekend,” coach Rich Barna said. “It’s just exciting to watch these girls come together.”



Barcellos went 9 for 13 in the tournament, including a 4-for-4 performance in a 6-4 loss to the Fairfield High Voltage in an elimination game on Sunday. The Smoke led 2-0 before Fairfield scored five unearned runs. Tahoe also left six runners on base.

Bartlett (5 for 6) and Lowe (5 for 8) had good tournaments offensively for the Smoke, while Kelly Bartlett and Kelly Barkley both turned in solid pitching performances. Barkley was credited with the team’s only win on Friday, a 8-5 triumph over the Nevada City Cougars.



On Saturday, Tahoe tied the San Roman Stompers 6-6 after the game was called due to time, then dropped a 7-4 decision to the Blue Heat on Saturday night. Tahoe plays in the Dixon-Vacaville ASA Tournament on Aug. 5-6 before hosting another tournament on Aug 26-27.

Mutiny, San Antonio to meet in final?

San Antonio and Tahoe Mutiny, who met in the 2005 men’s adult soccer league final last summer, were well on their way to meeting again on Thursday night for the 2006 Lake Tahoe Adult League first division championship.

But Tuesday’s second semifinal between San Antonio and Santa Fe at the Community Playfields ended with a bench-clearing brawl, resulting in a meeting today to decide both team’s fates.

With five minutes left, San Antonio was leading 3-1 when one of its players was taken down by a hard foul. Pushing started between the players before both benches cleared.

League rules state that when benches clear and punches are thrown, both teams teams are kicked out of the league. Pending the outcome of today’s meeting, Tahoe Mutiny would await San Antonio should it be allowed to contiue playing.

Tahoe, the tournament’s No. 2 seed, beat third-seeded Deportivo Jacquez 2-0 in the first semifinal on Tuesday. San Antonio was the tournament’s No. 1 seed and Santa Fe the No. 4 seed.

San Antonio beat Tahoe Mutiny twice during the regular season but has had its past two seasons end with losses to Tahoe. The Mutiny beat San Antonio 3-2 in overtime in the 2005 summer league final, then recorded a 2-1 semifinal victory over San Antonio in 2005 fall season. Tahoe has won the past two adult league championships.

If San Antonio is allowed to play, Thursday’s championship game with Tahoe Mutiny would start at 8 p.m., while the third-place match between Deportivo Jacquez and Santa Fe would start at 6 p.m. Both games are at the Community Playfields.


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