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Carson Valley Juniors cruise

by Chuck Smock, Record-Courier sports editor

Reno’s Valley Providence proved to be no match for the Carson Valley Junior all-stars in the first round of the District 1 tournament on Wednesday at Lampe Park.

Carson Valley pounded out a 32-1 victory -and it could have been a lot worse for the visitors.

CV manager Tod Bently and coaches T.C. Estes and Tom Goldston called off the dogs after the host team scored nine runs in its half of the first inning.

Goldston, who took over for Bently as third-base coach in the second inning, was a virtual stop sign in the final four innings.

Carson Valley didn’t steal a base, didn’t advance on a passed ball and rarely took more than one extra base, even on balls hit to the gaps.

“Nobody likes to get beat up on,” Bently said. “We talked to the kids about it before the game and told them we may change the strategy. But we told them, ‘That doesn’t mean we’re not going to let you hit, it doesn’t mean we’re not going to let you hustle on defense, it doesn’t mean we’re not going to let you pitch. It just means we may not be stealing as many bases and we won’t be hitting-and-running and we won’t be sacrificing and we won’t be going on passed balls.'”

And there wasn’t any grumbling in the dugout.

“These kids are good-hearted and they realized the situation,” Bently said.

Several Carson Valley players put up offensive numbers that would have been impressive for a doubleheader.

Leadoff hitter Brandon Huff was 5-for-7 with five runs scored and two RBI.

Bryan Miller batted second and was 3-for-3 with two doubles, three walks and five runs scored.

No. 3 hitter Eli Bently also scored five runs and knocked in five runs.

Luke Rippee was 3-for-3 with six RBI, including a bases-loaded triple in the second inning.

Like the rest his teammates, Rippee didn’t get greedy. In the third and fifth innings, Rippee settled for bases-loaded walks rather than trying his chances with a pitch out of the strike zone.

“I was proud of the fact that the kids didn’t take a lot of swings at a lot of bad pitches,” Tod Bently said. “They showed some patience and some discipline, and that’s one of the first steps to good hitting.”

Chris Honer had a nearly perfect day for Carson Valley. At the plate, Honer was 4-for-4 with four RBI and two walks. In two innings of relief work at pitcher, Honer struck out four of the seven batters he faced and allowed only one hit.

Denny Goldston pitched the first three innings and earned the victory. He struck out five batters. Offensively, he finished with three hits and three RBI.

“Denny did a good job today. He threw hard,” Bently said. “And Chris Honer closed with some real nice control. They both did an awesome job.”

Scott Linke was 3-for-3 with two RBI and a walk.

Tyson Estes had an opposite-field single that scored two runs in the first inning.

Each of the 12 Carson Valley players scored at least one run and got at least two at-bats.

Bently said Wednesday’s game, while not as competitive as he would have liked, was a good way to start the tournament.

“It helps get the jitters out of everybody’s system,” the manager said. “You want to play everybody and everybody deserves to play. Fortunately, we were able to do that. We hope to be able to do that more in the future.

“his a great bunch of athletes. Our intent is to get them relaxed, confident and let their natural athletic ability take over.”