Truckee Renegades finish 2-2 in Reno tournament
Truckee Little League sent a team of 9- and 10-year-olds to the postseason Renegade Tournament hosted by Washoe Little League in South Reno last week.
The Truckee team was matched up against nine other traditional powerhouse teams from other areas and#8212; including Reno, Sparks and Carson City and#8212; and made an unexpected run into the playoffs.
The Truckee Renegades finished their pool play at 2-2 and earned third place in their five-team bracket. After losing their first game to Carson City, they won their next game 9-4 against Sparks National. Gary Grosjean and Jaden Hippler pitched outstanding and were backed up by excellent defensive plays made by Ross Tester and Cooper DeRyk. Tanner Smith and Zach Williams both had key hits to help secure the win.
Truckee then lost a close game to Reno National. It was a well-played game by both teams, and even when Reno went up 9-4 going into the last inning, Truckee never gave up. They rallied to make the score 7-9, and had the bases loaded with two outs when Reno’s pitcher snagged a line drive shot up the middle to end the game.
The next day the kids did not give up the lead. They played a fantastic game and ended up beating Reno Continental 3-2. Airon Yarbrough pitched a great game and was helped out defensively by David Dalicandro and by a big catch in center field by Connor Bullion. Will Belden hit the big go-ahead triple to give Truckee the lead for good.
Truckee then moved into the single-elimination part of the tournament and played No. 2 seed Reno American. Truckee ended up losing a close game 12-11 and had plenty of opportunities to pull it out. It was a disappointing lost, but the kids were good with it as they had a great time dumping the Gatorade bucket on the coach and having fun at the team barbecue.
Renegade coach Doug Dalicandro said his team played and#8220;some outstandingand#8221; baseball while gaining a lot of respect.
and#8220;We are extremely proud and excited at the high level the kids played and how well they represented Truckee,and#8221; Dalicandro said.
and#8220;The last game was a heartbreaker, but it feels great knowing that we had an extremely competitive team. And with just a little more luck, who knows what could have happened? We came up a little short of playing seven games in seven days, but we had a fantastic time.and#8221;
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