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Carson Valley Junior all-stars fall

by Chuck Smock, Record-Courier sports editor

A slow start cost the Carson Valley Junior all-stars a chance to play for a state championship over the weekend in the baseball tournament for 13- and 14-year-olds played at Dayton High School.

Las Vegas’ Peccole all-stars handed the Carson Valley squad an 11-1 loss in the first game on Saturday. Peccole’s pitcher spotted his curveball and kept Carson Valley players off balance throughout the game.

In the losers’ bracket on Sunday, Carson Valley met host Silverada, which had lost, 11-6, to Henderson on Saturday. The two teams waged a back-and-forth offensive battle, but Silverada fired the final salvo when it scored two runs in the bottom of the sixth inning to secure a 16-13 victory.

“We made a few defensive mistakes, but we told them after the game that they did a lot more things right than they did wrong,” Carson Valley manager Tod Bently said of the loss to Silverada that ended his team’s season. “It was just one of the times when things didn’t work out. We just gave them a few too many runs.”

Carson Valley scored two runs in the top of the first when Bryan Miller walked, Eli Bently doubled and Luke Rippee followed with a two-run double.

Silverada answered with four runs in its half of the first. And that’s the way the rest of the game unfolded.

In the second inning, Carson Valley scored five runs, but Silverada stayed in the game with three runs in the bottom of the inning. Chris Honer and Tyson Estes each singled to start the CV rally. Eddie Shope hit an infield single that scored Honer. Brandon Huff then smacked a double that plated two runs and Denny Goldston added a single that brought home Huff and Rippee, who had walked.

Silverada took a 9-8 lead with two runs in the third inning.

Rippee tied the game with a 325-foot blast of a home run in the fourth. Goldston singled and scored on a sacrifice fly by Estes to give Carson Valley a 10-9 lead, but Silverada scored one run to knot the score at 10.

Carson Valley then scored three runs in the top of the fifth inning. Silverada responded with four runs of its own.

The CV all-stars weren’t able to continue the offensive fireworks in the final two innings.

Rippee finished the game 3-for-3 with three RBI, two walks and three runs scored. Goldston was 3-for-5 with two RBI, Honer was 3-for-4 with an RBI and Eli Bently was 2-for-4 with three runs scored.

Carson Valley managed only four hits in the 11-1 loss to Peccole on Saturday in the first round.

Carson Valley threatened to break a scoreless tie with a two-out rally in the second inning. Back-to-back singles by Brandon Huff and Andy McIntosh gave the Juniors their first two base runners. Tyson Estes followed and was hit by a pitch, but a strikeout ended the inning.

Peccole then took advantage of a two-out error to score two runs in the top of the third inning. The Las Vegas Juniors added five runs in the fourth and four more in the sixth.

Carson Valley scored its lone run in the bottom of the sixth inning, when Nate Walsh connected on a pinch-hit double that scored Luke Rippee, who had singled and stole second base.