Carson Valley seniors, juniors win titles
Carson Valley Little League’s Junior and Senior All Star teams traveled different routes in their District I tournaments over the weekend. The final results, however, were the same.
The CV Junior All Stars swept three games to win the championship of their tournament.
The Senior squad had to play five games, including back-to-back victories Sunday and Monday over North Tahoe, to claim their district title.
Carson Valley Little League will play host to the State Junior and Senior All Star tournaments beginning Thursday at Douglas High. Both local teams drew first-round byes. The CV Juniors will play the winner of the game between the District II and District III champions on Friday at 2 p.m. The Seniors will play their first game Friday at 5 p.m.
“We’re expecting some good competition and we’re looking forward to playing at the high school,” Carson Valley Seniors manager Ron Cauley said. “We’re a young team, but we like our chances.”
The Senior All Stars defeated North Tahoe 8-1 Monday night at Lampe Park to win the District I championship.
Shane Cauley allowed five hits, walked one batter and struck out two in seven innings to earn the victory for Carson Valley.
Matt Saylo, Jeff Peters and John Mannelley each had two hits and Matt Carter scored two runs, including one on an inside the park home run.
“We told the kids beforehand they deserved to win because they had been working so hard,” Cauley said. “They played with a lot of spirit and a lot of intensity and they deserved to win.”
Monday’s matchup was the third time North Tahoe and Carson Valley faced each other in the tournament for 14- and 15-year olds.
North Tahoe sent Carson Valley to the losers’ bracket with a 5-4 victory in eight innings Friday night.
Carson Valley then hammered Truckee 13-3 on Saturday to set up a rematch with North Tahoe in the first championship game.
The CV All Stars needed nine innings to put away North Tahoe on Sunday. Carter came on in the second and pitched the rest of the game to pick up the victory.
Rick Cagle was 2-for-4 with an RBI and made a diving catch in deep right center field with a runner on second base in the top of the eighth inning to keep his team in the game.
Evan Berry was 2-for-4 and drove in the game-winning RBI in the bottom of the ninth inning. Cal Lewis knocked in two runs and Carter and Peters each scored two runs.
Carson Valley opened the tournament with a 24-2 win over Truckee.
Carson Valley Juniors
The CV Juniors used good pitching, timely hitting and solid defense to cruise to the District I championship. Two of their three victories were shortened by the 10-run rule.
“I’m really proud of our players,” manager Bill Johnson said. “Hopefully, we’ll work hard in practice this week and continue that success in the state tournament.”
Carson Valley thumped Truckee 12-2 in Sunday’s championship game.
Ray Gabriel survived at shaky start on the mound to get the win. Gabriel walked four batters and gave up one hit in the first inning before settling down and throwing four strong innings. Austin Graham pitched the fifth inning to close out the contest.
The Juniors scored four runs in the top of the third inning to erase a 2-0 deficit. Zachary Johnson and Travis Baker drew walks, Graham belted an RBI-double and Chad Cooper, Erik Olson and Gabriel all had singles in the rally.
Carson Valley put the game away with a six-run fifth inning.
Graham finished with three doubles in four at-bats and stole third base three times. Cooper collected two hits.
On Friday, the Juniors beat Truckee 6-3 to advance to the championship game.
Ryan Ipsen struck out nine batters and recorded the complete-game victory.
Truckee scored all three of its runs in the fifth inning before great defensive plays by Graham in center field and Baker at shortstop killed the rally.
Baker, Olson and Gabriel all had big hits for Carson Valley.
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