Carson Valley 11-12 team wins opener |

Carson Valley 11-12 team wins opener

Members of the Carson Valley Little League 11-12 all-star team include coach Brandon Hill, Sean Powers, Chase Olsen, Gabriel Natividad, manager Andrew Powers, Kaden McIver, Braden Meldandow, Grant Vido, coach Natividad, front row, Danaus Budden, Calvin Celio, Steve Cochran, Riley Duran, Tyler Kauffman, Gavin Davis and Carson Hill.
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Danaus Budden used his bat and arm to help the Carson Valley 11-12 year old team pull away to a 14-4 District 1 Little League Tournament win against South Tahoe on Wednesday afternoon in Carson City.

Budden slugged a two-run homer in the fifth inning and a bases-clearing triple in the sixth as Carson Valley broke open the opening round contest at Governor’s Field. The left-hander also pitched three innings of six-hit ball to earn credit for the win.

Carson Valley held a 6-3 lead going to the top of the fifth before Chase Olsen doubled into the right-center field gap and then Budden homered over the center field fence. In the sixth, Budden lined a bases loaded triple to highlight a six-run rally.

Budden finished 3-for-3 with five RBI, while Kaden McIver went 2-for-4 with three RBI. Nine players contributed to Carson Valley’s 12-hit attack.

South Tahoe was led by Joel Gomez, who hit 3-for-4 with a solo home run in the fifth inning. Nico Wagner went 2-for-3 and Zack Vasser hit a three-run homer in the third inning. Vasser’s home run cut Carson Valley’s lead to 6-3.

Gabe Natividad pitched two innings and Sean Powers pitched a scoreless sixth to close out the win for Carson Valley.