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Sparks National earns date with Sparks Centennial
by Aaron Retherford
Jun 28, 2010 | 1139 views | 0 0 comments | 11 11 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Tribune file photo by John Byrne - Brandon Biggs and the Sparks Centennial Renegades All-Stars had to wait to see who they would be playing tonight in the elimination bracket. Sparks National beat Reno Continental 18-8 in four innings Monday night to earn that right.
Tribune file photo by John Byrne - Brandon Biggs and the Sparks Centennial Renegades All-Stars had to wait to see who they would be playing tonight in the elimination bracket. Sparks National beat Reno Continental 18-8 in four innings Monday night to earn that right.
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It was do or die time for the Sparks National Renegades and the Sparks Centennial Hooligans All-Stars Monday evening at Shadow Mountain Park.

Due to poor showings in pool play, both teams were forced to win a play-in game in order to advance to the single elimination bracket quarterfinals, while the majority of teams were off until Tuesday night.

Fans of the Sparks National Renegades didn't have high expectations of their team advancing to the quarterfinals after going winless in their three pool play games.

But something got into those Sparks Nationals as they powered their way to 11 second-inning runs and downed Reno Continental 18-8 in four innings.

The win sets up a clash between Sparks National and Sparks Centennial, the top seed from its pool, tonight at 8 p.m.

Sparks National trailed 3-1 heading into the bottom half of the second but tallied all 11 runs before an out was recorded. Reno Continental used three pitchers in the inning.

Isaac Tecson, Chris Robison and Josh Wehr had back-to-back-to-back RBI singles in the inning. Reno Continental pitchers beaned two batters with the bases loaded, forcing in two more runs.

Sparks starting pitcher Christian Rather helped his cause with a two-run single to left field, and Tecson capped the rally by driving in two runs with a single just inside the first-base line, making it a 12-3 ballgame.

Reno Continental tried to keep it close with a five-run third.

Zack Rigdon had the big blow in the inning, clearing the bases with a three-run triple that rolled to the fence in right-center field. An errant throw to third allowed him to score on the play.

Sparks National answered right back thanks to a three-run double by Rather, pushing the lead to 15-8.

After a scoreless top of the fourth, Sparks National got back to work in the bottom half of the fourth frame.

Chandler Sampson had an RBI base hit in the inning and two runs scored when a wild throw went up the third-base line. The game-ending run came around to score all the way from first on the play.

•In the Hooligans' elimination game, Sparks Centennial had to erase a large deficit just to stay in the game. Sparks was able to score two runs in the top of the sixth to tie the game at 13-13.

However, Sparks Centennial could not keep South Tahoe off the board in the bottom of the sixth and lost 14-13 to the bottom seed from the Blue Pool. South Tahoe gets perennial power Washoe today.

The Sparks National Hooligans are still alive and will take on Truckee today at 5:30 p.m. on Field 4.
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