Kyle Fermoile and Avery Villegas each drove in a trio of runs as Reno National rolled to a 12-2 victory, setting up a meeting against host Washoe today at 4 p.m. Sparks Centennial will play in the third-place game, also at 4 p.m. at South Valleys Sports Complex.
Reno National used five pitchers, due to pitch count limitations, to combine on a no-hitter. The Centennials had plenty of base runners to do some damage, but managed just a single run in both the third and fifth frames. The leadoff batters in both innings reached on a hit batsman and walk respectively. Throwing errors allowed both runs to come home.
On the other side, Reno National had its bats going, led by Fermoile’s 3-for-4 effort.
Reno pushed across its first run in the top of the first on a Ryan Bernard RBI single to left field. Nick Woodard followed with a fielder’s choice and later scored on a delayed steal, making it a 2-0 game.
Reno increased its edge to 3-0 in the second inning. Tyson Owens singled with one out and moved up to second on a wild pitch. He was able to come home during a rundown when a throw to third was dropped.
Reno National had its biggest inning in the third, sending four runners home for a 7-0 advantage.
The first two batters of the inning reached on fielding errors. Woodard ripped a run-scoring single to left and then Fermoile drove in a pair with a single to right field. Fermoile came home on Craig Watland’s RBI groundout to the pitcher.
After Sparks Centennial cut the deficit to 7-1 in the bottom half of the third, Reno National added three more runs in the fourth, but couldn’t get another to institute the 10-run mercy rule.
Fermoile capped his three-RBI performance in the fourth and Villegas began his. Fermoile went opposite field to left with a run-scoring double, and Villegas recorded his first hit of the game, a two-run single to left. That left Reno National in a 10-1 lead.
Leading 10-2 heading into the final inning, Bernard and Woodard picked up their second hits to lead off the sixth. Bernard scored when Sparks Centennial threw the ball away, and Villegas drove in Woodard with a single, accounting for the final 10-run margin.
Sparks fans got to see another no-hitter after the early game as the Centennial Hooligans blanked South Tahoe 10-0 in the semifinals of that tournament. No other details were known by presstime.
The Centennials will face Washoe today at 6:30 p.m. for the Hooligans tourney crown.