All-star performance by Truckee 9-10 squad
The situation was tense for the Truckee 9-10 All-Stars and#8212; top of the eighth inning, two outs, score tied 0-0, opposing Reno Americano player on third base in the Nevada District One All-Star Little League Tournament in Carson City.
Truckeeand#8217;s catcher, Max Kelly, attempted to pick off the runner at third, but the ball shot past third baseman Deacon Mehler. The runner headed for home, hoping to break the scoreless deadlock in what was now the second extra inning. But Elliot Rost had different ideas.
The Truckee shortstop, who alertly backed up the throw to third, scooped up the ball and threw a strike back to Kelly, who tagged out the runner just before he touched the plate to preserve the 0-0 tie and#8212; and combined pitching gem by Elliot Rost, who threw the first through fifth innings, and Dalton Pryun, who threw the sixth through eighth.
Shane Poe and Pryun handled the rest.
In the bottom of the eighth, Poe beat out a throw to first for an infield hit. He then stole second to bring Pryun, one of Truckeeand#8217;s hottest batters, to the plate. Pryun delivered, belting a deep shot to right-center to drive in Poe with the walk-off RBI to end a remarkable baseball game, 1-0.
If that does not sound like a typical Little League baseball game, thatand#8217;s because it wasnand#8217;t. Truckeeand#8217;s 9-10 All-Stars truly performed as such, representing Truckee with talent and sportsmanship in the Nevada District One Tournament. In fact, three of the six games played were won by one run, usually scored in the bottom half of the last inning.
Overall, the Truckee 9-10 All-Stars went 3-3 and finished fifth out of 12 teams in the eight-day tournament.
Standout performances by the team included Sam Smithand#8217;s triple to deep left field in a close game against Reno National; Connor McMullen (aka, The Magnet), who was hit by opposing pitchers a tournament-high five times; Ethan Reichwaldand#8217;s over-the-shoulder catch in deep left field that saved a couple of runs from scoring; Jake Bullionand#8217;s solid defensive play in the infield, strong bat and great attitude; Sawyer Thompsonand#8217;s big bat and strong play at first base; Patrick Hoganand#8217;s versatility and ability to get on and steal bases; Spencer Edmondson pitching a shutout against South Lake Tahoe; and leadoff hitter Deacon Mehlerand#8217;s pitching and team-leading nine hits.
The team was coached by Andy Rost, Steve Hogan and manager Andy Bullion.
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