Silverada opens state against North Summerlin on Friday
Silverada Little League of Dayton makes its state 10-11 state debut Friday at 6 p.m. when it faces North Summerlin at the Silverado Ranch Little League Complex.
Silverada advanced by knocking off Ruby Mountain in the District 3 championship game last week in Eko. Silverada went undefeated in th tournament and avenged last year’s loss to Ruby Mountain in the “if” championship game.
Silverada coach Mike Burrows doesn’t know a ton about North Summerlin other than what he could garner off the internet.
“They went all the way to the “if” game,” Burrows said Wednesday night. “They hit a walk-off grandlsam in the sixth inning to win the championship. They had to go through a lot tougher bracket than we did.
“It will be a tough go for us. Las Vegas has more little leagues in that city than we do in all of Northern Nevada combined. We came up short last year. It felt good to get Ruby Mountain back. Our kids work hard at the game. They are a fun group to coach.
When asked to talk about his squad, Burrows said it’s a team without an ace pitcher or one real superstar.
“It’s a real team,” he said. “They play well together. From top to bottom (hitting) we’re real strong. There is no drop-off. We’re all about the same level. We have a lot of pitching. We have nine guys that can throw.
“Zach (Woitas) hit .900 in the District tournament and Carlos Landa probably has the most power. Trevor (Burrows) leads the staff with two wins, but I wouldn’t consider him an ace. We don’t hit the long ball and we don’t have an ace.”
Burrows said Colin Winebarger and Max Madson are the second and third pitchers. Burrows said that he’s undecided about who will start on the hill in Friday’s opener.
Burrows admits his concern is the level of competition. In District 3 there is nobody close to the caliber of what you usually see from the Vegas teams.
“You don’t see anybody throwing 60 mph on a regular basis,” Burrows said. “We’ve spent a lot of time on situational hitting.”