Washoe blanks Carson’s 11-12s 10-0
If Carson City is going to win the District 1 11-12 all-star championship, it will have to do it the hard way.
Perennial powerhouse Washoe, thanks to three innings of no-hit ball by Tommy Lichty and homers by Quintin Mills, Clinton Hess and Jared Blake, posted a 10-0 mercy rule win over Carson in a semifinal match-up Wednesday night at Governors Field.
The loss drops Carson into the loser’s bracket where it will face Carson Valley at 8 p.m. today. The locals will have to win three loser’s bracket games before getting another shot at Washoe or whatever team comes from the other side of the bracket in the finals.
Carson managed just an infield single by Zach Simms off reliever Travis Bohall with two outs in the fourth inning. The hardest-hit ball by Carson was John Collins’ line drive back to the box which Bohall snagged before it took his face off. Lichty faced just 11 batters in his three innings of work.
“We didn’t hit,” Carson manager Jim Andrews said. “Tommy (Lichty) did a great job. We don’t see that kind of pitching during the season; there’s nobody that throws that hard. It takes us a while to get going.
“I’m glad we play three more games. We’d only played two up to tonight. It feels like we’re not even in the tournament.”
Andrews said that they tried to simulate Lichty’s speed by moving up closer to the plate throwing batting practice, but that didn’t appear to help. For one reason, the Carson players know that their coach isn’t going to lose control and hit one of them. The same can’t be said for an opposing pitcher.
After a scoreless first inning, Washoe took a 1-0 lead when Mills pounded a homer off Carson’s John Holton in the second.
Washoe extended its lead to 6-0 in the third, scoring five times. Tyler Assiff and Mills started the onslaught with run-scoring singles. Kurt Young contributed a RBI single and Hess followed with a two-run homer. Holton got the next hitter, but that was the end of his night.
“I thought John Holton did a great job,” Andrews said. “I didn’t anticipate using him that long. We started throwing more off-speed pitches, and he seemed to get fatigued. That’s why I went out there to see if he was OK.”
Cody Azevedo came on to start the fourth, and he lasted just four batters. He gave up a bunt single and walk before Blake slammed a three-run homer to make it 9-0. Washoe added its final run when Assiff stole home as Carson elected to throw the ball through to second base.
Reno National 3, Carson City 2
Reno scored all of its runs in the first inning and made them stand up in elimination Carson from the consolation bracket.
Carson’s offense was quiet through the first five innings, collecting just four hits. In the sixth however, Carson scored two runs and had the tying run at third when it was finally retired. Carson had as many hits in the sixth as it did the previous four innings.
Landon Truesdale led Carson with two hits. He was the only multi-hit player.