Bautista, Garcia a winning combination for Bighorns

Appeal Staff Report

The University of Nevada combination of Stephen Bautista and Chris Garcia turned in an impressive showing on the mound for the Nevada Bighorns in their 7-2 win over El Dorado Hills, Calif., Saturday at Western Nevada College's John L. Harvey Field.

Bautista and Garcia are both expected to play a prominent role for the Wolf Pack next season. Bautista started and after allowing one run on two hits in the first inning went on to hold El Dorado Hills to just one more hit over four innings while striking out seven. Garcia allowed one unearned run over the last three innings.

The Bighorns took a 3-1 lead in the bottom of the first after Marshall Kennebrew stroked a two-run double. Kennebrew then stole third and scored on a throwing error on the play to make it 3-1. Shane Kockenmeister's two-run single made it 5-1 in the fourth.

Kevin Schlange hit a solo home run to make it 6-1 in the fifth. In the sixth, Kockenmeister tripled and scored on a wild pitch to make it 7-2.

Kockenmeister went 3-for-3 and Jeff Young, Royal Good and Adam Anderson all added a hit. The Bighorns will next play at 7 p.m. Wednesday against the Reno Astros at Moana Stadium.


Carson American improved to 3-0 and clinched a spot in Tuesday's quarterfinals of the 11-12-year-old Little League Hooligans All-Star Tournament. The Americans scored 15 runs in the first on their way to the win at Gardnerville's Aspen Park.

Andy Cooper hit a three-run home run and a two-run homer, Jace Zampirro and Joe Runge each hit three-run homers, Zach Andrews hit a two-run shot and Chaz Nystrom hit a solo homer during the first inning rally. Nystrom also added a grand slam in the third.

Andrews went 5-for-5 Zampirro and Runge were each 4-for-5 and Jay Milligan and Luke Maher were each 2-for-2. Dalton Butler pitched a complete game two-hit shutout, striking out five over four innings. The Americans will conclude pool play at 3:30 p.m. today against Washoe.


Carson National jumped out to a 10-0 first inning lead before adding three more in the third and two in the fourth to win via the mercy rule.

Starter T.J. Thomsen picked up the win, striking out eight over 3 1/3 innings. Thomsen also went 4-for-4, hitting a home run and a double and scored four runs.

Kyle Sharp was also perfect at the plate, going 4-for-4 and scoring one run. Nevin Elliott, Evan Carlson (who struck out the last two batters), Jacob Roll and Nate Controneo each added one hit.

Archie Redmond, Chase Blueberg and Ronnie Orzzali scored one apiece.

Carson National, now 1-1, will meet Reno Continental (2-0) today at Aspen Park, beginning at 6 p.m.


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