After starting out 3-1 in the Nevada District 1 Little League All-Star Tournament in Carson City last week, the Truckee 10/11 All-Stars ran into stiff competition as they dropped their final two games, 6-4 to Washoe and 15-10 to Reno Continental.
The Truckee squad finished 3-3 in the tournament, which was good enough for fifth place out of the 11 teams.
Washoe overcomes Mehler’s pitching gem
Facing Reno powerhouse Washoe on Monday, Truckee’s bats stayed hot and they put three runs on the board in the top of the first. Spencer Edmondson, Patrick Hogan and Sawyer Thompson all had hits to put Truckee up early.
The lead did not last long, however, as Washoe came back with three runs of their own in the bottom of the first.
The score remained tied after two innings after both pitchers settled in.
In the top of the third, Spencer Edmondson continued his incredible all-star hitting performance by belting a 3-2 pitch over the center field wall for a solo home run, giving Truckee a 4-3 lead.
Outstanding pitching by Deacon Mehler and strong defense by Jake Bullion, Dalton Pruyn and Zach Gaut helped Truckee preserve the one-run lead until the bottom of the fifth, when Washoe broke through and scored three runs to take a 6-4 lead into the sixth.
Although getting the tying run to the plate, Truckee fell two runs short in a well-played game highlighted by the pitching of Deacon Mehler, who threw 86 pitches in five innings, gave up nine hits, struck out six and walked none.
Stellar comeback falls short
After their second loss, the Truckee all-stars had their eyes on third place as they faced the always tough Reno Continental.
Continental did not waste any time getting on the scoreboard, and after a grand slam was up 8-0 at the end of the first inning.
After a pitching change, Truckee’s Patrick Hogan kept the Continental hitters guessing with his off-speed pitch. That, along with stellar outfield play by Max Kelly, Shane Poe and Deacon Mehler and a strong catching performance by Jake Bullion, helped keep Truckee in the game.
In the bottom of the third Truckee’s bats started coming alive when Elliot Rost and Deacon Mehler hit singles, followed by a two-run double by Patrick Hogan to get Truckee on the board.
With Continental holding an 8-3 lead entering the bottom of the fifth, Truckee hitters again applied pressure. Once again Spencer Edmondson came through, hitting his second home run of the tournament with a blast to center.
Truckee continued the rally with another double by Patrick Hogan, a single by Sawyer Thompson and a walk by Jake Bullion. With the bases loaded, Shane Poe then delivered a two-out, two-run double to bring Truckee within two runs.
Continental would not quit, however, and tacked on two insurance runs in the top of the sixth inning to take a commanding 10-6 lead entering Truckee’s final at-bat. Knowing it was do or die, Truckee start the sixth with a single and a stolen base by Elliot Rost, followed by a run-scoring single by Deacon Mehler.
Spencer Edmondson followed with a run-scoring double of his own and Patrick Hogan stayed hot with a run-scoring triple. With the score 10-9 with a runner on third, no outs, and Truckee’s RBI leader, Sawyer Thompson, coming to the plate, Mother Nature made her presence felt with a lighting strike on the nearby hillside, which put the game — and momentum — on hold for 45minutes.
When play resumed, Truckee tied the score on a sacrifice fly by Sawyer, sending the game into extra innings. Despite their gritty comeback in the bottom of the sixth, the Truckee all-stars could not stop Reno Continental and fell 15-10 to end their tournament run.