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Sparks Little League All-Star squads take alternate paths
by Tribune Staff
Jun 29, 2012 | 1550 views | 0 0 comments | 3 3 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Heading into the fourth day of the Nevada District 1 Little League All-Star Tournament today the Sparks Centennial All-Star squads will be looking to stay on the winner’s side of things while their counterparts from Sparks National will attempt to just stay alive in the tournament.

After dropping Sparks National 12-1 on opening night Wednesday in the 10-year-old division, Sparks Centennial took care of business again on Thursday with a 16-3 victory over Carson Valley Little League. That pair of wins has the Centennial 10s set up for a contest against the squad from Carson City Little League at 4:30 p.m. with a trip to the semifinals on the line.

While Centennial has had a good run in the tournament thus far, the group for the Nationals has not faired so well. Dropping down into the loser’s bracket following the loss to Centennial, Sparks National was on the wrong side of a 9-2 decision against Reno American Friday night. That defeat now puts the National squad into the consolation bracket where it will face North Tahoe today at 10:30 a.m.

For the 11-year-old All-Stars, the results have been much the same. Sparks Centennial’s 11s have cruised through their first two games, soundly beating Sparks National 20-7 on Wednesday before clubbing North Valleys 20-3 on Thursday. Now Centennial will try to do the same against the team from Carson Valley today to earn a spot in the semis.

The opening round loss to Centennial placed the National bunch in a game against Reno Continental on Friday night. Results were not available by press time. A win will set Sparks National in a contest versus the winner of Reno National-Truckee, while a loss will drop SN into the consolation round to face the loser of Carson City-Reno American.

The 12-year-old All-Stars will finally take the field for Sparks National today, opening against Reno American at 7:30 p.m. A bye moves the Sparks Centennial 12s first game to Sunday, where they will face Carson City at 4:30 p.m.

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