Little League report: North Tahoe Braves cap regular season with top seed
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Week seven was the last week of the regular season, when teams jockey for position going into playoff week.
The Braves locked up the regular season title and No. 1 seed going into last week’s playoffs with an 11-1-1 record to start the week. The second, third and fourth seeds were all yet to be determined starting the week. Below are recaps from games two weeks ago, during the final week of the regular season:
North Tahoe Braves 16, Truckee Giants 4
The Truckee Giants were still hoping to leapfrog the Rockies for the third seed starting the week, but their pitching staff was depleted during the Saturday doubleheader.
The Giants also lost one of their strongest bats in Patrick Hogan to a broken toe. The North Tahoe Braves are a solid baseball team and took advantage.
Braves 17, North Tahoe Giants 4
Joey Panelli pitched a great game for the Braves, throwing his fully allotted 75 pitches for a 10-year-old majors pitcher. Joey only allowed three runs on five hits. He struck out two batters and only walked two Giants hitters.
The Braves gave Joey a nice cushion to work with in the first inning, scoring six runs. Owen Chisholm led the Braves at the plate, going two for two with a double and scoring twice. Braedy Santens hit a home run in the fourth inning for his fifth home run of the year.
Rockies 11, North Tahoe Braves 4
Lucas Kraatz started on the mound for the Rockies and did an excellent job, going 5 1⁄3 innings. Jake Marr came in and closed it out for his team, only allowing one run.
Sawyer Thompson led the Rockies at the plate with three RBIs. Elliot Rost also doubled in the bottom of the fifth and drove in two runs.
The Rockies were trailing the tough Braves until the fifth inning when they broke out for six runs. The win kept the Rockies chances alive to pass the Rangers for second place in the season.
They needed a win Friday night combined by a loss from the Rangers for that to happen.
Giants 16, North Tahoe Giants 3
Another strong pitching performance by Deacon Mehler and Armand Baldwin lead the Giants to a 16-3 win in their last game of the regular season.
Every Giant contributed at the plate, with big contributions by Deacon with two home runs, ending the season with a total of eight. George Skaff also contributed with two doubles.
The game was ended in the 4th inning by the 10-run rule when Roger Uribe hit his second home run of the year, a walk-off grand slam to end the game.
Rockies 10, Cardinals 4
The Rockies jumped on the North Tahoe Cardinals early and refused to relinquish the lead after grabbing it in the first inning to record a 10-4 victory on Wednesday at Preston Field in Incline Village.
The Rockies scored seven runs in the first three innings ,sparked in the first by walks from Myles Love and Nate Bromley in the second inning.
Jameson Hogarth had a busy day at the plate, collecting two extra-base hits. He singled in the first inning, tripled in the fourth inning, and doubled in the sixth inning.
The Cardinals had no answer for Jake Marr, who kept runners off the base paths in his appearance. Jake held the Cardinals hitless over 1 1⁄3 innings, allowed no earned runs, walked none and struck out three.
Rangers 3, Braves 3
The final game of the regular season for the Rangers and Braves was a grudge match for the Braves as the Rangers handed them their only loss of the season.
After splitting two games, both teams wanted to win the season series and gain momentum going into the postseason. It turned out that would have to wait, as the teams tied 3-3.
Dalton Pruyn pitched well for the Rangers, holding the Braves to two runs through five innings on a two-run home run by Braedy Santens in the second inning.
Braedy pitched well starting for the Braves, only allowing two runs, both scored by Kai Watters. With the score 2-2 in the fifth inning, Logan Pruski got on base. Dalton hit a line drive to left which looked like it would bring Dalton home, but Griffin Pugh made the catch of the year in left center.
Logan eventually came in to score on a Jake Bullion hit, giving the Rangers a 3-2 lead going into the bottom of the sixth. With Logan on the mound, Tucker Mather came to the plate with one out and singled. After a second out was recorded, Joey Panelli doubled to drive Tucker home to score the tying run.
On a throwing error, Joey aggressively tried to stretch the double into a triple as his coach waved him on but was thrown out at third on a bang-bang play to fittingly end the game in a 3-3 tie.
Cardinals 9, Rockies 4
Shane Poe’s effort was not enough in the Rockies’ 9-4 loss at River View Park on Friday night. It was the final game of the season for the Rockies.
Shane both hit and pitched well for the Rockies. Shane also went 2-3 and scored two runs. He doubled in the first inning and singled in the sixth inning.
The Cardinals managed just two hits off the Rockies pitcher, who allowed one earned run, walked two and struck out six during his three innings of work.
The NT Cardinals jumped out to an early 1-0 lead in the top of the first. The Cardinals never surrendered the lead after the fourth inning, scoring two runs on two singles.
They increased their lead with three runs in the fifth. After pushing across two runs in the bottom of the sixth, the Rockies faced just a 8-4 deficit.
A two-run single by Gavin Kelly set off the Rockies’ rally, but the Cardinals closer was too strong as he was able to get Lucas Kraatz to fly out to center to end the game.
The season ended with the Braves as the regular season champions and the No. 1 seed for the playoffs with a 12-1-2 record. The Rangers took the No. 2 seed at 8-5-2. The Rockies ended up number three at 8-7. The Giants finished the season 7-7-1.
The Braves played the Giants in the first round of the playoffs last Monday night. The Rangers and Rockies played last Tuesday night. The winners faced off Friday night at Regional Park for the Truckee Majors postseason championship.
Look for a recap of the Truckee Little League postseason in Friday’s print edition of the Sierra Sun. Learn more at truckeelittle league.com.