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Truckee baseball players earn trip to national tourney

The Scorpions Baseball Academy 11-year-old team poses after winning their National Youth Baseball Championships qualifying tournament in Reno.
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Scorpions Truckee players


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Jackson Wicks


Kevin Cabrera

Kody Romero

Dominic Brown

Cole Benefiel

Colby Jitloff

After the Truckee High School baseball team’s run to a state championship last month, a new group of Truckee youngsters are looking to make some noise of their own on the diamond, competing on the national level in New York at next month’s National Youth Baseball Championships.

The Scorpions Baseball Academy represents Northern Nevada and Truckee, and this year the program had its 11-year-old and 10-year-old teams earn bids into one of the nation’s most prestigious baseball tournaments.

“They’ve earned this opportunity,” said Scorpions co-founder Vince Garcia. “They’ve proven their the best at their age group in the area and it’s time to let their wings take them all the way across the country and see what they can do on a national level.”

The two squads of players are comprised of 10 boys from Truckee. Only 16 teams from each age group are chosen to play in the tournament.

The programs 11-year-old team went 3-1 at the qualifying tournament in Reno to take first place and earn a bid into the National Youth Baseball Tournament. The 10-and-under squad went 3-2 for a second-place finish at the qualifying tournament, but had previously earned an automatic bid into this year’s National Youth Baseball Championships.

The tournament is scheduled to run July 23-29 at Baseball Heaven in Yaphank, N.Y. Last year, the Scorpions’ 13-year-old squad made the trip to compete in the tournament, and placed third overall. The team also has the chance to play on national TV.

“They flew the flags for us in New York and finished in third place,” said Garcia. “Additionally, once you play on a stage like that — they played on national TV on CBS — once you’ve played on a stage like that … something happens and everything after that becomes so much easier.”

The academy itself, according to Garcia, began three years ago with a handful of players and has since grown into the largest in Nevada.

The 10 Truckee players on this year’s teams make the trip to Reno for practice at least twice a week.

“The kids in Truckee make up a huge portion for the academy,” said Garcia. “Part of the reason we are so invested in them is because we know that commitment.”

In order to make the trip to play in the National Youth Baseball Championships, Truckee youngsters have been working to raise money in order to offset some of the costs.

The teams have organized a home run derby and spaghetti feed at Zano’s Family Italian & Pizzeria on June 3. The home run derby will be held at Truckee High School and will run from 1:30 to 3 p.m. The fundraiser at Zano’s will run from 2 to 7 p.m. Costs for the meal is $10 for adults and $8 for children, and includes a raffle, music, and a silent auction. Those 8-and-under eat free.

The team is also accepting items for either the silent auction or raffle.

Justin Scacco is a reporter for the Sierra Sun. Contact him at

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