Williamsport dream begins for South Tahoe
It’s the dream of nearly every youngster who has ever played the game of baseball – to make it to Williamsport, Pa., to play in the Little League World Series.
Today, the quest gets underway, as South Lake Tahoe begins district play in the Little League Majors All-Star Tournament at Valley Providence Field in Stead, near Reno. But the local nine will find no easy opponent in their first step toward a possible trip to Williamsport, as they will meet perennial powerhouse Reno Continental in a first-round game at 5:30 p.m.
“We’re always the underdog because we have a short season,” said South Tahoe manager Don Bosson, who coached the Reds to a co-championship during the regular majors season this year. “The kids are really anxious to play. They’re ready; I think we might surprise some people.”
Even though Tahoe’s regular season is shorter than most due to weather conditions, the All-Star tournament could be an entire second season for the handful of players who make the roster. The district tourney is double-elimination, and doesn’t end until July 21.
The district champion then moves on to the area tournament, and maybe, if they keep winning, all the way to Williamsport in August.
And South Lake Tahoe has a team this season which may be able to make some noise in tournament play. The roster includes Matt Bobman, Greg Dupree, Kyle Churchill, Kyle Jones, Ryan Bosson, Marcus Melburg, Adam Wagner, Mikey Van Gordon, Alex Urega, Haven Wilvers, Evan Mcclean and Darren Perucci. The coaches are Mike Moss and Mike Dupree.
If South Lake Tahoe wins today, its next game would be Thursday at 5:30 vs. Valley Providence of Stead. If Tahoe loses, it would play on Friday at 7 p.m. against a team to be determined. There are 14 teams entered in the district tournament. In another first-round game on Wednesday, Truckee meets North Tahoe at 5:30 p.m., also at Valley Providence (there are three fields at the complex).
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