Carson Valley falls in finals
Carson Valley’s 11-12 all-stars won three of five games to secure second-place at the District 1 Little League Tournament in Carson City.
There was just one obstacle they were unable to get past — Reno Continental.
Continental scored eight runs in the third inning on Sunday and went on to defeat Carson Valley, 13-1, to complete a sweep of the district tournament at Governors Field.
The Reno team won five straight games, including a 14-3 semifinal win over Carson Valley on July 5.
Carson Valley rebounded from that setback and knocked off Reno American, 6-4, on Saturday to earn a berth in the championship round.
Reno Continental started fast in the rematch and never looked back in a game that was called after five innings due to the 10-run rule.
Jake Woodhead and Andrew Capel hit singles to lead off the top of the first inning and both came home on infield grounders to give Continental a 2-0 lead.
Continental broke it open in the third inning, highlighted by Andrew Capel’s leadoff home run to left field and Jessie Medina’s three-run shot over the left field fence. Joey Scolari contributed a two-run single and Jack Helmholz capped off the rally with a two-run double.
That was more than ample support for Contintental’s Matt Capel, who pitched five innings of four-hit ball with seven strikeouts and two walks.
Carson Valley scored its run in the fourth inning. Danaus Budden doubled to right field with one out, advanced to third on a passed ball, then scored on Carson Hill’s bunt single.
Budden hit 2-for-2 in the game, including a one-out single in the second inning when Carson Valley only trailed 2-0. Carson Hill followed with a walk, however, both runners were left stranded when Capel set down the next two batters on strikeouts.
Gabriel Natividad singled with two outs in the third inning to account for another Carson Valley hit.
Kaden McIver started on the mound for Carson Valley and worked 2.1 innings before giving way to Sean Powers in relief. Powers pitched the rest of the way.
Note: Carson Valley gained a measure of revenge with its win on Saturday against Reno American in a game that marked a rematch from the 2016 District 1 10-11 age group championship round at Governor’s Field. Reno American defeated Carson Valley in that final, 10-2.