Yankees in driver’s seat in Babe Ruth tournament
In a battle of the No.1 and No. 3 seeds of the South Tahoe Babe Ruth championships, the Barton Memorial Hospital Yankees took on the No. 3 Edgewood Tahoe Golf Course A’s.
The Yanks prevailed 11-3, getting a strong pitching performance from Spencer Dean and A.J Russo. The two combined to allow only three hits and strike out seven on Wednesday night.
As has been typical of this year’s playoffs, the offense for the Yankees didn’t get going until the late innings.
The two teams headed into the sixth inning with the Yanks leading 7-2 when they put on an enormous rally, scoring four more runs.
Bryan Engler singled with one out, Russo reached on an error and Craig Spencer doubled in Engler.
One batter later, Bryan Finkel singled home Russo. Dean reached on an error, which scored Spencer, and Finkel came home before the A’s could turn the inning-ending double play.
The A’s scored two in the second when Troy Radke opened with a single and scored on a double by Chris Pavich. One batter later, Pavich crossed the plate on a infield out.
With the win, the Yankees advanced to play in today at 5 p.m. semifinal against the South Tahoe Refuse Rangers.
Marlins 15, Cardinals 4
A Marcus Mellberg grand slam in the sixth inning was the highlight of an offensive barrage by the South Tahoe Optimist Marlins against the Charles Cordova DDS Cardinals on Wednesday.
Buck Pershing led off with a double and David Peterson walked one out later. Dan Jolley singled home Pershing and Peterson.
Harrison Elkins and Marcus McKinnon both singled to load the bases, setting the table for Mellburg’s blast.
Shawn McLaughlin had a perfect day for the Cards, going 3 for 3 , while Jason DeBacker scored twice and Ryan Gosh had an RBI.
Marlins 14, A’s 2
The South Tahoe Optimist Marlins continued to weld hot bats Thursday afternoon when they took on the Edgewood Tahoe Golf Course A’s.
A huge fourth inning blew open a 6-2 game. Nick Loomos drew an inning-opening walk scored on a double by Harrison Elkins. Marcus McKinnon then walked to put runners on first and second before Marcus Mellburg singled in Elkins. Chris Thorne walked and Buck Pershing was hit by a pitch to load the bases.
Dan Jolley then doubled home a pair of runs.
Mellburg controlled the A’s batters as he held them to only two runs on three hits, while striking out eight.
The Marlins advance to a 7:45 p.m. game Friday against the winner of the Thursday’s Mariners-Rangers game.
The championship game will be held at noon Sunday at Todd Fields. If necessary, there will be a second game to determine the 2001 champion.
Still alive in the tournament are No. 1 Yankees, No. 2 Rangers, No. 4 Marlins, No. 5 Mariners and the No. 9 Rockies.
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