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10-11 All-Stars go 3-3 in Carson tourney

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Truckee Little League's 10- and 11-year-old All-Stars are getting a much-needed rest after finishing the All-Star tournament in Carson City last week that was nothing like the typical tournament, where you play a few games and meet new friends.

Although all six of their games were played well and the conditions with the other players and coaches were pleasant and cordial in typical tournament fashion, the Truckee team made a new enemy in which one would hope is not typical.

The Reno American Little League team that finished as the 2014 Nevada District 1 championship runner-up and this year's consolation championship runner up not only pushed Truckee into the losers bracket with an 18-11 defeat, they also bounced the Truckee team out of the tournament three days later with a second defeat, 5-2.

As a result of those two critical defeats, Truckee's three coaches and 12 players will certainly highlight any matchup versus Reno American in next year's tournament.

The losses to Reno were just two of the six games Truckee played in a span of eight days, with half of those games starting at 8 p.m.

Truckee finished the tournament with a 3-3 record and one game short of the consolation championship.

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After an opening-night, 4-3 loss to Washoe Little League, Truckee followed with an 8-1 win over North Tahoe Little League before losing to Reno American for the first time.

Truckee responded to the first Reno American loss with a convincing 18-2 win over National Providence Little League from Sparks and added another win, 8-5, over Carson Valley Little League in consecutive evenings.

After the two-game run Truckee was then eliminated from competition by Reno American last Wednesday when their early 1-0 lead did not hold up.

Despite the final loss, Truckee finished sixth out of 11 teams comprised of the best 10- and 11-year-old Little Leaguers from the Reno area.

Top performers

Highlights for the Truckee 10- and 11-year-old All-Stars included infielder Gabe Smith's first Little League home run. It was a three-run line drive that sailed easily over the left-field fence versus National Providence.

Another highlight was Logan Pruski's towering two-run shot that cleared a net that towered 20 feet over the top of the outfield fence versus Carson Valley.

Pruski was one of the team leaders for Truckee. He led the team in several categories, including three home runs, 12 RBIs, 11 innings pitched and 16 strikeouts during those innings.

Other Truckee leaders included Smith and Jackson Kahl. Smith led Truckee with a .647 batting average, with eight singles, 10 runs, four walks, no strikeouts and a .727 on-base percentage. Kahl led the team with a 1.125 earned run average while on the mound for Truckee and hit a solo home run in the first game versus Reno American.

Kahl was one of three pitchers who recorded a win for Truckee. Pitchers Sam Purgason and Tavin Hamilton earned the other two.

Another standout included Bennett Swigard. He was second on the team with 29 putouts from his first baseman position and was second on the team with a .500 on-base percentage.

Second baseman and outfielder Damon Parisi was second on the team with six singles. Outfielder Diego Rodriguez earned his first All-Star spot and batted .300 from the plate.

Pitcher and third baseman Joey Panelli contributed a timely RBI single in the first game versus Reno American and pitched against Reno in both games. Panelli was second on the team with 5.2 innings pitched with only four earned runs given up and six strikeouts.

Outfielder Max Carter earned a spot on the team in just his second year playing Little League and knocked in two runs with just seven at-bats.

Purgason was the only 10-year-old on the team and he scored five runs, third on the team. From the mound he ranked third in the number of innings pitched for Truckee with 5.1 and he did not give up a single hit, struck out six and was second on the team with just two earned runs given up.

Outfielder and first baseman Sawyer Burley hit the ball well during the entire tournament and only struck out once in 16 plate appearances.

Outfielder Tadhg Geary was third on the team with five runs scored. He also had two of the best leaping catches from his center field position.

Hamilton played seven of the nine possible positions as a utility fielder and hit the ball hard the entire tournament, with one ball hitting a sign on the outfield fence and two others hit to the warning track.

From the mound he co-led the team with Kahl in only giving up one earned run for a 1.636 earned run average, second on the team.

The team was coached by Matt Parisi, Alan Nicholls and Brad Hamilton.

— This article was submitted to Sports Editor Sylas Wright at swright@sierrasun.com.