All Stars rally comes up short
The Carson Valley All Stars staged a thrilling comeback, but came up one run short Thursday night in the championship game of the Little League State Tournament in Reno.
Carson Valley trailed Las Vegas Paradise Valley 9-0 in the fourth inning before fighting back for eight runs to make the final 9-8.
“I can’t be more proud of the team,” said Carson Valley coach Kevin Huff. “The kids showed that they can come back when they need to.”
The loss ended Carson Valley’s season. Paradise Valley advances to the Little League Western Regionals.
Paradise Valley scored all nine of its runs in the third inning off Carson Valley starter Ryan Waffird. In the inning, Paradise Valley received bases-loaded doubles from Sean Farley, Doug Long and Rob Templeton.
But over the final three innings, Carson Valley relievers Chris Honer and Denny Goldston shut down Paradise Valley while giving the Carson Valley batters a chance to cut into the deficit.
Carson Valley got its first two runs in the fourth on an RBI double by Goldston and an RBI single by Honer.
Carson Valley continued to rally in the fifth as Ed Shope, after reaching base on a double, scored on a throwing error on the Paradise catcher to make it 9-3. After Bryan Miller walked, Luke Rippee then hit a shot which came down in the parking lot 250 feet from home plate for a two-run homer that made the score 9-5.
At that point, however, the Carson Valley rally was temporarily stymied as Paradise Valley protested Rippee’s homer, saying Rippee had been illegally touched by another member of the Carson Valley team before touching home plate (he had received a “high-five” while rounding third).
After a 20-minute conference, the umpires over-ruled the protest, saying Rippee had not been assisted around the bases and the home run stood. With play finally resuming, Eli Bentley came up and cracked another homer to cut the Paradise Valley lead to three, 9-6.
After Shope and Miller scored for Carson Valley early in the sixth to cut the lead to 9-8, Carson Valley put the potential tying run on first as Goldston recorded an infield single. But Carson Valley ran out of miracles at that stage of the game, as Bentley flied out and Brandon Huff, after battling 12 foul balls off pitcher Manny Vargas during his at bat, struck out to end the game.
Carson Valley defeated Dayton Silverado, 5-2, Wednesday.
Luke Rippee pitched a six-inning complete game, striking out eight Dayton players.
Carson opened the scoring in the first on a Huff RBI single which brought home Rippee, who had singled.
Dayton rebounded to take the lead in the bottom of the first on a two-run, 250-foot home run by Will Bowman.
Shope gave Carson Valley the lead back in the second when he singled to score Honer and Stormy Herald.
In the fifth inning, Rippee blasted a home run with Shope aboard to give Carson Valley its final margin of victory.
Dayton rallied in the bottom of the sixth and put two men on, but an unassisted double play by Bryan Miller sealed the win for Carson Valley. It was the second important double play of the game for Carson Valley, which thwarted a fourth-inning Dayton scoring opportunity with a Huff-to-Miller-to-Daniel Boucher double play to end the inning.
Carson Valley came within one out of winning its opening game at the State Tournament on Tuesday night, but a sixth-inning rally and one run in the eighth inning gave Las Vegas the 3-2 win.
Goldston was pinned with the loss against Paradise Valley.
Carson Valley trailed 1-0 until the top of the sixth, when it scored twice to take the lead.
During the inning, Rippee and Goldston singled. Bently then delivered an RBI single to score Rippee. Huff followed with a single that brought Goldston home and gave Carson Valley a 2-1 advantage.
The lead held until Paradise Valley tied the score, with two outs in the bottom of the sixth, on a single and a double.
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