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All-Star tourneys heat up this week
by Aaron Retherford
Jul 04, 2011 | 1781 views | 0 0 comments | 6 6 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Tribune file photo by John Byrne - Local youth baseball all-star teams are hoping for success as they compete in state and district tournaments.
Tribune file photo by John Byrne - Local youth baseball all-star teams are hoping for success as they compete in state and district tournaments.
With temperatures approaching triple digits, the youth baseball action is also heating up this week.

While the Sparks Little League All-Stars have already begun their quest for a District 1 championship in Carson City, the local Babe Ruth All-Stars are itching to go.

Carson City will host the 15- and 14-year-old All-Star Tournaments starting Friday and Saturday respectively.

Sparks will have to beat out seven other teams in the 15-year-olds tournament for a chance to advance to regionals. Sparks opens the double-elimination tourney against North Valleys at 6 p.m. Friday. If Sparks wins, it will play the winner of the South Tahoe-Truckee matchup. Reno West faces Battle Mountain and Elko takes on Carson in other first-round games.

In the 14-year-old all-star tourney, Sparks opens with host Carson at 11 a.m. Saturday. North Valleys and South Tahoe will battle it out at the same time. In the six-team tourney, Reno West and Fallon received byes. Fallon will get the winner of the Sparks-Carson game.

The Sparks 13-year-old Babe Ruth All-Stars head to Fallon for a 10-team tournament. Sparks opens play at 4:30 p.m. Friday against Fernley with South Tahoe waiting as the next opponent for the winner. Reno West and Fallon are the other two teams in Friday’s opening round.

The majority of state Cal Ripken Baseball tournaments have yet to begin. The Spanish Springs 12-year-olds recently punched their tickets to the regional tournament by winning state. The 8-, 9-, 10- and 11-year-old all-star squads would all love to do the same thing this month.

Spanish Springs hosts the 9-year-old and 11-year-old state tournaments, while Sun Valley hosts the other two. All four tournaments start off as round robin style tournaments and then switch over to single-elimination brackets except for the 10-year-olds, who compete in a double-elimination bracket instead.

The tournaments hosted by Spanish Springs begin Friday and Saturday, while the two at Sun Valley’s Gepford Park start July 13 and 14.

The Spanish Springs 11-year-olds have two games Friday at 5:30 p.m. and 8 p.m. against Silver State and Fallon. The 9-year-olds play back-to-back games Saturday at 12:30 p.m. and 3 p.m. versus Fallon and Silver State.

The Sparks Little League All-Star squads that have already taken the field in Carson City are doing their best to make the most of it.

The Sparks Centennials are in the running for a championship in all three age groups, but the 9/10-year-olds are in the best position. They face Washoe tonight at 8 p.m., and the winner reaches the championship game without a blemish on its record.

The Sparks Centennial 10/11-year-olds lost to Washoe in the winners’ bracket semifinals, but can still reach the championship game through the losers’ bracket. That journey starts tonight at 5:30 p.m. when they take on South Tahoe. The Sparks National 10/11-year-olds are still alive in the consolation bracket and will clash with North Valley tonight at 5:30 p.m.

In the 11/12-year-old all-star tournament, Sparks National has a losers’ bracket battle with Reno National at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday. The Centennials are still alive in the winners’ bracket but will need to get by perennial favorite Washoe in a semifinal at 8 p.m. Thursday.

With a winners, losers and consolation bracket, teams can lose three games before being eliminated from action. All games of the Nevada District 1 Little League tournaments are played at Governor’s Field.
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