Carson Valley Little League team advances
Carson Valley pushed across a run in the bottom of the eighth to edge Carson City, 3-2, Tuesday at Governors Field, eliminating the locals from the tournament.
Carson struck first in the opening inning when Kobe Morgan singled with one out and advanced to third on a single by Kyle Navarro. Brian Guthrie was hit by a pitch to load the bases. Tyler Gurrieri doubled home both runners for a quick 2-0 lead.
Carson Valley scored one in the first and one in the third to tie the game.
The Carson Valley team got contributions throughout its lineup on offense and defense. After giving up two runs in the first inning, the Carson Valley trio of Camden Brown, Adam Garren and Austin Grant held Carson City in check the rest of the way. Strong play in the outfield by Austin Sullivan, Calvin Doerr and Matthew Goff boosted Carson Valley. Carson Valley got a hit from Luke Ackerman, Luke Cochran, Anthony Menzer, Christopher Thacker and Brown.
Brown sealed the win with a two-out, two-strike bases-loaded hit in the bottom of the eighth inning.
In the first, Ackerman singled and moved to second on a passed ball. He reached third when Thacker’s ball was misplayed and scored on Goff’s sacrifice fly.
In the third, Menzer doubled, moved to third on a wild pitch and scored on a sacrifice fly by Thacker, tying the game at 2.
Carson Valley threatened in the seventh when Brown singled, stole second and reached third on an infield out. He was stranded, however, when Ackerman grounded out.
Carson loaded the bases in the eighth, but Austin Grant struck out the dangerous Justin Nussbaumer to end the threat.
Reliever Ethan Foley, who took over for Isaac Nelson, retired the first two batters in the bottom of the eighth. Goff walked and was replaced on the basepaths by Luke Rodina. Cochran followed with a single to advance Rodina to second. Doerr walked to load the bases and Brown singled to win the game.
Brown finished with three hits for Carson Valley.
Nelson was stout on the hill, allowing two runs and four hits. Brown worked 5.2 innings, allowing two runs and six hits. Grant picked up the win in relief, while Foley took the loss.
Morgan led the Carson attack with two hits, while Chase Wixon, Navarro, Gurrieri, Nelson and Nussbaumer added a hit each.