Truckee slips past South Tahoe to advance to state Babe Ruth tournament
Sun News Service
GARDNERVILLE, Nev. and#8212; A two-out error in the first inning proved costly for the South Tahoe All-Stars as Truckee jumped out to an early lead and won 5-2 Saturday in the Babe Ruth 15-Year-Old State Qualifier Tournament at Lampe Park.
The win advanced Truckee to the double-elimination Nevada State Babe Ruth Tournament at McQueen High School, where it will open play against Carson City on Friday at 5 p.m. Truckee went 3-0 in the qualifier tournament, routing Fallon 20-2 and Pahrump 12-0 before facing South Tahoe.
The Truckee All-Stars got off to a hot start Saturday behind solid pitching by Stein Retzlaff and shortstop play by Steven Baker, who retired the final two batters of the first on hard-hit grounders his way.
and#8220;Our shortstop has been solid all season. He has incredible range,and#8221; said head coach Matt Carlson, who led the Truckee Babe Ruth All-Stars to a third-place finish in state last year. (Carlson also coached the Wolverines’ junior varsity baseball team to an undefeated record in 2008.)
In the fourth inning when South Tahoe batters got a second chance at Retzlaff, they took full advantage and scored two runs. Despite throwing three no-hit innings, Truckee was quick to pull Retzlaff when he got into trouble.
After South Tahoe’s two runs the game got quiet offensively, partly because of great defensive play, including a highlight-reel catch from Truckee right fielder Aaron Pado, who dove and stretched out to rob South Tahoe’s Jess Latta of at least a double.
and#8220;I was trying to play with no wind, then a gust came and I tripped over myself and laid out,and#8221; Pado said. and#8220;I don’t know how I made the catch.and#8221;
South Tahoe starter Colton Marchesseault allowed the first earned runs in the third inning.
Baker led Truckee with two hits and two runs scored, including the first run of the third inning when Marchesseault walked Erik Holmer with the bases loaded.
Marchesseault was pulled in the third, leaving the bases loaded and no outs for Jason Reum.
Reum worked himself out of the inning, allowing no runs throwing only fastballs.
and#8220;I think when the batter’s up with an 0-2 count, they expect a curveball,and#8221; Reum said, and#8220;but they just see fastball after fastball.and#8221;
South Tahoe got five of the final six outs by way of pop fly.
and#8220;Our hitting needed work in the end when we popped up a lot,and#8221; Pado said. and#8220;I think we got a little cocky.and#8221;
Down three runs in the seventh, South Tahoe got off to a good start with a base hit from Reum, who was able to send the ball just past the outstretched arm of Holmer at third base.
After the hit, Truckee again was quick to pull its pitcher, bringing in Holmer to close the game.
and#8220;We have a large pitching staff, and we feel 100 percent comfortable with everyone,and#8221; Carlson said.
Holmer got what should have been a double-play ball, but an error on the throw to first let Joe Bacchi Zanetell reach base. Kolmer struck out the next batter. With one out left, South Tahoe brought in Brady Rennison to pinch hit.
Ryan Smith caught a pop-up in foul territory to give Truckee the victory and a berth in the state tournament.
and#8212; Sylas Wright contributed to this story.
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