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Sparks Centennial watches early lead evaporate, falls to Washoe
by Damian Tromerhauser
Jul 05, 2012 | 1452 views | 0 0 comments | 12 12 recommendations | email to a friend | print
CARSON CITY — The Sparks Centennial 12-year-old All-Star team looked as though it was going to have a day to remember in its game against Washoe Little League in the Nevada District 1 Little League All-Star Tournament. The SC crew jumped on top of its rival early and often, taking a quick 5-0 advantage. Unfortunately for the Centennial 12s, the remainder of the game is something that they will want to soon forget as Washoe roared back for an 11-5 victory on Thursday evening.

It took exactly three pitches before Sparks Centennial set the tone for the game. Waiting on a 1-1 pitch, Centennial’s Charles Douglas ripped a bomb to straight away center field that bounced off the flag pole beyond the fence and put SC up 1-0.

After Centennial starting pitcher Lincoln Turner made quick work of Washoe batters in the bottom of the first, the SC 12s got back to work from the plate in the top of the second.

Back-to-back walks to Brandon Biggs and Donte Smith followed by a single from Josiah Schmidt loaded the bases for Centennial to start the inning. After a strikeout recorded the first out of the inning, Douglas again wreaked havoc on Washoe with a single to right field that plated a pinch-running Isaac McCoy for a 2-0 edge. A fielder’s choice off the bat of Niko Pezonella then pushed Smith home for a 3-0 advantage. That run was then followed by a walk and a hit-by-pitch that allowed Schmidt to touch home for the third run of the inning and a 4-0 SC lead.

Turner again gave Washoe little to be optimistic about in the bottom of the second as he fanned three batters to retire the side. Centennial continued to add to its lead in the top of the third as Nick Brown got in a pickle between first and second, allowing Schmidt to score before Brown was tagged for the final out of the frame to leave the scoreboard reading 5-0 in favor of Centennial.

While the first few innings went to SC, the rest of the game belonged to the Washoe 12s, who quickly erased any momentum that Centennial had created.

In the bottom of the third, A bunt single from Jacob Bain sparked the Washoe comeback, followed by a single from Garrett Gouldsmith. Christian Chamberlain then singled to right field for Washoe’s first run and a 5-1 score. A walk to Connor Noland loaded the sacks, setting up Austin Wickham for a 2-RBI single that bounced up the middle into center field, cutting the deficit to 5-3. A double steal of home and second plated the next run for Washoe, bringing itself to one run of tying the game.

A tie would have been nice for Washoe, but pinch-hitter Andrew West wanted much more. With a runner on base, West caught a pitch low and away with the sweet spot of his bat and sent the offering deep to right-center field for a two-run homer, giving Washoe its first lead of the game at 6-5.

Sparks Centennial was never able to get back in the game.

Three quick half innings left the contest a one-run affair heading into the bottom of the fifth, but Washoe made sure that it gave itself plenty of breathing room before the last inning of play, tacking on five in the bottom of the fifth.

A fielder’s indecision allowed Noland to take home for the start of the five-spot rally. With Parker Bosco standing on first base, West again tormented the SC 12s, this time plastering a shot to right field for his second two-run round-tripper of the game, putting Washoe ahead 9-5. Not to be outdone, Gouldsmith sent a laser high over the left field fence for another two-run shot after Bain placed himself at third with a triple, resulting in the 11-5 final.

The loss drops Sparks Centennial into the loser’s bracket of the tourney. The SC 12s will try to stay alive in their game today at 5:30 p.m.
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