Little League All-Stars get into post-season
Truckee 9-10 All-Star team’s big winThe Truckee Little League 9-10 All-Star team’s opener in the Nevada District 1 Little League Tournament at Shadow Mountain Park in Sparks on Saturday was a baseball classic, with Truckee taking the victory 4-1. Great baseball games are said to be won with great defense, and that is exactly why Truckee came home with a win in their first game against Reno American East. On the mound for Truckee, Aaron Pado went five innings and gave up just one run on two hits and two walks. Pado also had eight strikeouts. Two deep fly balls to the outfield were snagged, one each by Jack DeRyk and Eric Holmer. One defensive inning was downed one-two-three with ground balls to the pitcher, third and short, with each sent packing when the throws were caught by first baseman Sydnie English.Later in the game, a well-hit ball got by the diving effort of Andy McKechnie in center field. When Reno tried to stretch it for two, the runner was put out by a bullet of a throw to second by Chris Towle, who came over from left field to back up the play. Marc Biederman got the save in the sixth. Offensively, Graham Christian went 4-for-4 and scored twice. McKechnie drove in Riley Guiragossian for the winning run.9-10 All-Stars come up short in second gameThe Truckee 9-10 All-Star team was shut down by the ace pitcher of Sparks Centennial in a 12-2 loss in their second game of the Nevada District 1 Little League Tournament on Monday. Sparks’ starting pitcher began the game by walking the first three Truckee batters. Sparks promptly changed to their ace, who got out of the jam with three strikeouts and went on to finish the game, giving up only two runs. Kasey English was the only Truckee player with a hit. Sparks came out hitting and playing solid defense while Truckee had a few holes, letting several hits go to the fence. Truckee starter Biederman went three innings and struck out six batters. McKechnie and English finished the game, going one inning each. Truckee 11-year-old All-Stars split first two in Little League tournamentThe Truckee 11-year-old All-Star team started out hot in the Nevada District 1 Little League Tournament against Sparks Centennial on Saturday, with six runs in the first inning, including a grand slam by Austin McWhinney. Max Szekely pitched all six innings. In the sixth, with Truckee up by one run, Sparks had a runner on first with two outs. At the plate was a Sparks batter who had already hit two home runs. Truckee intentionally walked him and Szekely struck out the next hitter on four pitches to preserve the 7-6 win. In the 11 year old’s second game on Sunday, Carson National turned the tables and jumped on Truckee in the first inning with seven runs. Truckee could only muster one run as Carson took the 11-1 victory. The Truckee squad needs to win their next two game in order to assure a spot in the playoff round of the tournament.Truckee to host Babe Ruth tournamentThe Northern Nevada 13-year-old Qualifying Tournament will be hosted by Truckee Babe Ruth this year. Opening ceremonies will be at 4:30 p.m. on Friday, July 15 at Regional Park. There will be two games Friday evening, with the Truckee 13-year-old All-Stars playing at 7 p.m.Tournament bracket play continues all weekend, with the top two teams going to the state tournament the following weekend. There are six teams in this tournament.