The one-run victory for Sparks came in the tournament’s third-place game as the local club finished the tourney with a 4-2 record, its only losses coming to Carson and Washoe, the two teams that will play in tonight’s tourney final.
Sparks Centennial beat Washoe earlier in the tournament. That was the first loss for a Washoe 12-year-old all-star team at Districts in six years.
Sparks Centennial picked up Tuesday’s win with a walk-off hit in the sixth and final inning. Sparks broke a 3-3 tie when Cody Jones drew a two-out intentional walk. His pinch runner, Matt Butler, proceeded to steal second base and score on a game-winning single by Jordan Dicus.
Reno American grabbed an early 2-0 lead with a pair of runs in the top of the first inning. That lead was short-lived as Sparks Centennial answered in the bottom of the frame with three scores.
Benny Peck singled and circled the sacks on a Brendan Perisotto double. A throwing error allowed Perisotto to score. Jones capped the first-inning offense for Sparks with a solo homer.
The 3-2 score stayed intact until Reno American got an unearned run in the fourth to deadlock the contest at 3-3, setting the stage for Sparks Centennial’s late-inning heroics.
“I was pleased to get a win,” Sparks coach Andy Perisotto said. “This is a great way to go out.
“We had a lot of people come up to us and tell us we put Sparks Centennial on the map. It was a fun tournament for the kids. I’m proud of them. They all came through at some point in the tournament.”