Truckee Little League sweeps tournament
Anyone following Truckee Little League in the past knows when it comes to the Nevada District 1 Tournament in Reno, to win a game is great. Two is even better. But to win 4 games in a row is unheard of.
Truckee’s 10- and 11-year-old All Star Team has made Truckee Little League history and get the first seed going into the Single Elimination Tournament Friday Night.
Many fans are commenting on the stellar defense. Others are saying how great these boys are hitting. The bottom line is these guys are playing some seriously competitive baseball.
Monday night in its third game, Truckee beat North Valley 10-0 in five innings. Kasey English pitched four innings and allowed no hits. Riley Guirgossian came in for the final inning and Truckee’s defense again held strong.
Offensively, Truckee’s top of the order was hot with the first five batters combining for 11 hits. Again, it was Colin Gerrard leading Truckee’s slugging offense with a double and two singles. Kasey English was also hot with three singles. Andrew Metlenko and Thor Retzlaff drilled two singles each.
Leading 3-0 in the round-robin play, Truckee faced Sparks National on Thursday night.
Riley Guiragossian pitched three nearly flawless innings allowing only two hits. Louden Smith again came in to pitch striking out the first two batters he faced and then getting the final out on a pop-up out to Retzlaff at catcher.
To say that defense wins ball games is an understatement. Truckee’s defense was hot. Griffin Churich continued his stellar performance at shortstop with two perfectly executed double plays assisted by solid heads-up play by Gerrard and Guiragossian
At the plate, Truckee bats were solid once again. Ryan Sewell’s bat was hot as he went two for two. Gerrard smashed a triple in the first inning, Smith a double in the fourth and Andrew Blaker added a single. In the bottom of the fourth inning, with the winning run on third, Churich crushed his third hit of the night to win the game.
Truckee plays South Lake Tahoe Friday night in the first game of the single elimination tournament.
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