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Seniors sweep Truckee for title

by Chuck Smock

The championship game wasn’t a walkover like the first contest, but the Carson Valley Senior All-Stars did what they had to to win the District I title on Friday at Lampe Park.

And Carson Valley manager Bruce Jacobsen said his team’s 10-8 win over Truckee might have been the best thing that could have happened heading into this weekend’s state tournament in Las Vegas.

“If we had beaten them up like we did the first time, this team wouldn’t have known how to win,” Jacobsen said, referring to Carson Valley’s 18-4 win over Truckee on Thursday. “(Friday’s game) let them know what they needed to do to win a game in a tournament situation.”

What they needed to do was score five runs in the bottom of the sixth inning during a two-out rally.

Darren Muren started the rally with a single. He scored on a double by Evan Berry.

Matt Jacobsen then followed with a single that brought home Berry and tied the game, 7-7.

After a single by Cal Lewis, Ryan Curtis cracked a clutch double that scored two runs.

In the fifth inning, Matt Jacobsen hit a solo home run that hit the light pole about 15 feet above the 320-foot sign on the left field fence.

Evan Berry pitched seven innings to earn the victory. Truckee scored five runs in the first inning, but couldn’t rattle Berry.

“Ever since I’ve known Evan, you give him the ball and he’ll give you a game,” Bruce Jacobsen said. “And that was a game we really needed.”

Berry allowed 12 hits, struck out four batters and walked three.

Lewis turned in a stellar game at third base, according to Jacobsen. Lewis made three tough plays down the line and made a charging, bare-handed play on a bunt attempt.

“Cal could have given Matt Williams a run for his money the way he played Friday,” said Jacobsen.

Carson Valley will leave for Las Vegas on Thursday and will play its first game Friday night.

Jacobsen said no Carson Valley Seniors team has ever won a state championship. This is Jacobsen’s fourth trip as a manager to the state Senior All-Star tournament.

“I told the guys I feel like the Minnesota Vikings or the Buffalo Bills,” Jacobsen said, referring to the NFL’s two four-time Super Bowl losers. “I’m due. The league is due for a state champion in the Seniors division.

“And they’re certainly capable of winning the state tournament. The key is going to be pitching. We can’t afford to walk anybody. We can’t give them any opportunities.”

Tommy Hoyle will start Friday’s game and Berry is scheduled to pitch the second game. The manager said it’s likely that Ryan Curtis, Darren Muren or Matt Jacobsen will start the third game.

Joining Carson Valley the state tournament will be Las Vegas representatives from Districts II and IV, and a team from District III, which is made up of the rest of the state.