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State Tournament run wraps up for Sparks Centennial 11s
by Tribune Staff
Jul 21, 2013 | 5337 views | 0 0 comments | 17 17 recommendations | email to a friend | print
A day after getting trounced by 13 runs by Silverado in the first round of the 11-year-old state all-star tournament, Sparks Centennial got a chance to redeem itself.

However, Silverado eliminated Sparks Centennial with a second win in as many days over the Rail City squad. Still, Sunday's affair was a much different game. Silverado dumped Sparks Centennial 17-4 in four innings Saturday but managed just a 6-4 triumph 24 hours later.

A big second inning was the key for Silverado. The Las-Vegas area squad put up four second-inning runs and was able to hold on for the two-run triumph. Silverado got a single run in the first and four more in the second en route to building a 5-0 lead.

That's when Sparks Centennial began to chip away. In the bottom of the second, Casey Burfield walked and Andrew Mayse doubled for the Centennials. Both runners scored when Ryan Thackaberry reached after a dropped third strike resulted in an errant throw to first base that sailed into right field.

The score remained at 5-2 until the bottom of inning four. Sparks tacked on two more runs in the fourth to trim the Silverado edge to a single run, 5-4. Burfield singled and Benat Van Hoose bashed a two-run dinger to account for the Sparks scores.

Silverado scored an insurance run in the top of the sixth and Sparks was unable to mange any more offense, leaving the final 6-4 margin intact.

Rylan Charles was a big factor for the difference in scores between the two days. Silverado crushed nine homers in Saturday's lopsided tournament tilt. On Sunday it managed just one long ball and scored only once after the second inning. Charles, the Centennials' ace southpaw, scattered nine hits. All six Silverado runs were earned, but he tallied six strikeouts while walking two.

Christian Carlson and Dylan Husted both rapped out a pair of hits in defeat for the Sparks team.

The loss wraps up Sparks Centennial's run in the double-elimination tournament and concludes its solid summer all-star schedule, which was highlighted by a northern Nevada District I championship.

"The kids showed a lot of guts and a lot of heart," Sparks Centennial coach Ray Charles said. "They chipped back to within 5-2 and then 5-4. We had a couple shots with the bases loaded and we even hit some line drives right at people. Those didn't fall our way. If something falls in, then maybe it's a different story, but that's baseball. I like the way we competed today. We did fight and gave it our all but fell short. It was an outstanding run we've had the last month or so."

*In San Bernardino, the Sparks Centennial 11-12 year-old all-star softball team picked up a pool play victory at the Little League West Regional Tournament.

Sparks, which is representing Nevada as the state's champion, was spanked 19-2 by Utah Saturday but rebounded Sunday and knocked off Hawaii 12-6.

Sparks pushed across five runs in the bottom of the first for a quick 5-0 advantage. Hawaii answered, posting four in the top of the second. That's as good as it got for the team from the islands. Sparks Centennial put up a single run in the bottom of the second and then blew up for six more in the third.

The early offense gave Sparks a 12-4 lead through three innings. The margin could've been wider. In the Centennials' five-run first, it recorded an out by getting hit by a ball while running the base paths and another by having a baserunner leave early on a pitch.

Brooke Anthony, Emily Berry and Ally Boyd all singled and scored in Sparks' big first inning. In the third, Madelyn Winters, Anthony and Berry all singled and scored. Winters also had a double in the big inning.

Sparks gets Monday off but returns to pool play Tuesday for a 5 p.m. matchup against the northern California champion which comes from Gilroy.
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