Ty Jackson hit 3-for-3 with two home runs and four RBI while Evan Simpson and Chase Jackson combined to handle the pitching for Carson Valley Little League’s 12-year-old squad in its 11-3 District I Tournament win Thursday against Truckee in Carson City.
“The team played very, very well,” Carson Valley Manager Scott Jackson said. “The hitting and defense were great and it was just a lot of fun.”
By winning, Carson Valley’s 11-12 year-olds evened their tournament record at 2-2 coming into a game Saturday night against South Tahoe. Carson Valley lost 4-3 Wednesday to Carson.
Carson Valley’s two tournament losses have been decided by a combined total of three runs.
Down 4-0 against Carson at Governor’s Field, Carson Valley put a single run on the scoreboard in the fifth inning. Noah Guriglia reached on an error and moved to second when McKinley Morgan’s ground ball was misplayed. Both runners moved up a base on a wild pitch and Guriglia scored on a wild pitch.
Carson Valley cut the deficit to 4-3 in the sixth when Cody Jackson walked and scored ahead of Aiden Budden’s one-out homer to right.
Third-place in the district 11-year-old bracket was decided Thursday night when Carson Valley’s 11-year-old team lost 7-6 to Reno Continental. A seven-run fifth inning rally was the difference in the game.
“We were up 6-0 and just had one bad inning,” manager Dave Cochrane said. “Otherwise, the kids were great up and down the lineup.”
The team finished with a 6-3 tournament record.
“It was almost like getting a second season in,” Cochrane said of the nine games. “They played fantastic. I am really proud of the whole team.”