11-12 All-Stars represent Truckee well in District 1 tourney
Truckeeand#8217;s 11-12 All-Stars kicked off the Nevada District 1 All-Star tournament in Carson City on June 30 with a 17-0 dominating win over North Valleys. The win was a great start for Truckee and was highlighted by outstanding pitching and a three-run homer by Dawson Smith and another homer by Cole Harrity.
The Truckee All-Stars did not fare as well against their next opponent, Washoe, and were beaten to fall to 1-1 in the tournament.
After a day off, Truckee bounced back on July 3 against Sparks National with a 12-3 victory. Truckee came out strong in the first inning and scored six runs behind a huge two-run double to right center by Jayden Commendatore, followed by a blast over the center-field wall for a home run by Cooper DeRyk.
Alec Vaio contributed to the attack with a double to right and Truckeeand#8217;s defense was solid with several catches in the outfield by Andrew Kraatz and stellar third-base play by Max Wingard.
After taking the Fourth of July off, Truckee was unable to keep the momentum going and fell to Carson Valley on July 5. Despite two double plays by second baseman Connor Bullion and a 2-for-3 performance by Zach Williams at the plate, Truckee came up short.
At 2-2, the Truckee All-Stars continued play in the consolation bracket, where they faced North Valleys again on July 6. With revenge on the minds of the North Valleys team, they came out strong and held the lead a couple of times in the early innings, but behind strong infield play by first baseman David Dalicandro, good outfield play by Reece Rule and a 3-for-3 hitting performance by leadoff hitter Connor Bullion, Truckee defeated North Valleys 7-3.
Unfortunately for the Truckee All-Stars, their tournament run came to an end the next evening after losing to Sparks Centennial in an elimination game. Although Sparks had control throughout most of the game, Truckee continued to play hard and the team was all smiles when Gary Grosjean belted a solo homer over the wall in left-center field in the bottom of the fifth.
Truckee ended the District 1 tournament with a 3-3 record.
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