Well-rounded 9-10 All-Stars one of four remaining unbeatens
It doesn’t take an ESPN baseball analyst like Joe Morgan to figure out why the South Tahoe 9-10 Little League All-Stars are unbeaten after two games of the district tournament at Governor’s Field in Carson City.
South Tahoe’s starting pitchers have only surrendered six hits and three runs in two games. Chase Harpole shut out Carson Valley on two hits on Saturday and Gavin Chandler and Otto Trebotich checked Sparks National on four hits on Tuesday night.
The overpowering pitching alone would have been tough to beat, but South Tahoe has also played solid defense.
“We’re winning because of our defense,” Chandler said. “There were only a couple of errors, they caught a lot of balls and made a lot of outs.”
Then add a 16-hit performance in the 16-3 drubbing of Sparks on Tuesday and what you have is one of four remaining unbeaten teams in the double-elimination tournament.
“(Tuesday) night it was a total team effort … everyone just came through,” said South Tahoe manager Steve Weldy.
Against Sparks the hits kept coming from the bats of Trebotich and Matt Stuck as they combined for seven hits. Trebotich reached base five times, collecting a triple, double and two singles. Stuck contributed three singles.
“The kids are really coming around. They are playing better and better each game,” said Michael Blank, a South Tahoe coach.
In addition to Trebotich’s two extra-base hits, Chandler legged out a two-run, inside-the-park homer and Max Delallo pounded a solo homer.
Chandler liked his chances of rounding the bases when he saw the ball reach the fence.
“By the time it went to the fence I was at second base, so I kept going. By the time the pitcher got it, I was already home,” said Chandler of his second homer in the park this season.
Chandler allowed four hits in five innings, striking out five. Trebotich struck out the side in his inning of relief.
“It was Gavin’s game because he pitched one heck of a game, just like Chase did the game before,” Weldy said.
Next up for South Tahoe is Reno Continental at 5:30 p.m. Thursday at Governor’s Field. So far, Weldy’s one-game-at-a-time approach is working.
“I think we’re a big surprise to a lot of people because we’re not known for this,” Weldy said. “It’s the best bunch of 10-year-olds I’ve seen.
“Kids are not complaining how many innings they are playing and they’re doing whatever they have to do to win this thing.”