Little League report | Opening week in the books
The 2014 Truckee Little League opening weekend was great for a parade and skiing powder, but not so great for playing baseball. The fields were covered with snow, delaying the season’s start.
The Rangers and Giants opened with a great game on Monday night at River View. The Giants held on in a hard-fought game to win 6-5.
Sam Smith started on the mound for the Rangers and combined with Gus Loring for 14 strikeouts in the game, but it wasn’t enough.
Patrick Hogan went for the Giants and was successfully relieved by Deacon Mehler. The Giants scored two runs in each of the first three innings to build up a 6-1 lead. The Rangers clawed back but in the end the Giants held on.
The Braves and Rockies beat the North Tahoe Giants on Tuesday and Wednesday of opening week. The Braves’ hitting barrage was sparked by a double from Hayden Sumner. The North Tahoe Giants started the season with a few players on the injured reserve list but will be looking forward to rematches once they get healthy.
On Wednesday the Truckee Giants beat the North Tahoe Braves 5-1 behind 16 strikeouts from Deacon Mehler to start the year 2-0.
Deacon helped his own cause by contributing a double and a home run at Preston Field in Incline Village. Roger Uribe also contributed a double in the Giants win along with two hits from Connor McMullen.
The Rangers beat the Rockies 10-3 at Riverview Park on Thursday to push their record to 1-1. Dalton Pruyn led the Rangers with four strong innings on the mound to start the game. Keigan Morrison broke open a close game with a 2-out, 2-run double.
The Rockies tried to rally but after a Garrett Kirk double to the fence, Owen Slusher gathered it up, hit his cutoff in Sam Smith, who then nailed the Rockies runner at home for the third out of the inning and the end of the rally.
Also Thursday but at Preston Field, the Truckee Braves battled the Cardinals to a 2-2 tie. The Cardinals jumped out to a 2-0 lead with their first two batters of the game scoring.
With the score still 2-0 to start the third inning, Ethan Flynn relieved Spencer Edmonson. It was a pitching duel from there on out. Ethan held the Cardinals scoreless but the Cardinal pitchers had the Braves off balance with a great mix of fastballs and changeups. The Braves scored in the fourth inning after Spencer doubled and Gabe Smith singled him home. With the score still 2-1 with two outs in the bottom of the sixth and a 1-2 count, Ethan singled to left and then went to third on an error by the Cardinals left fielder. He then scored on a passed ball.
The game ended on the next pitch to leave the game tied 2-2 after six innings. Ties are not broken in Little League until the playoffs.
The Rockies beat the North Tahoe Giants 14-6 on Saturday. Garrett Kirk and Myles Love combined for five RBIs to lead the Rockies hitters. Elliot Rost and Sawyer Thompson combined for the rare little league traditional double play in the fourth inning. The Rockies ended the first week with a 2-1 record.
The Truckee Braves and Truckee Giants were the last game of opening week. The Giants jumped out to a 2-0 lead on Braves starter Braedy Santens as Connor McMullen and George Skaff scored for the Giants. Owen Chisholm caught a big fly ball in center field off the bat of Deacon Mehler to help hold the Giants to two runs in the first inning. Gabe Smith drove in Spencer Edmondson in the bottom of the first to make it 1-1.
Trevor Stockham doubled in the third inning, leading to the Braves’ second run off of Giants lefty starter Patrick Hogan, who did a great job mixing up pitches to keep the Braves bats in check. Patrick struck out seven Braves in five innings.
In the third, Gabe doubled in his second at bat and then scored on a single from Braedy. Spencer came to the mound in the third inning and kept the score at 3-2 with eight strikeouts. He pitched three innings. The Braves’ bats broke loose for five runs in the sixth inning for a hard-fought 8-3 win. Gabe Smith had a single, double and a triple to lead the Braves at the plate. The Giants ended the first week 2-1 and the Braves 2-0-1.