Archive for May, 2008


2008 Reno Knights 4th of July Brackets

Thursday, May 22nd, 2008
White Pool at Reno Blue Pool at Wooster Red Pool at Damonte
Reno Knights Sierra Sun Devils Damonte Rebels
Yuba City Baseball N. Humboldt Giants Redding Rattlers
Santa Clara Red Sox Napa Riverdogs Eureka Falcons
Medford Mustangs Red Bluff Bulls El Dorado Post 119
Petaluma Leghorns Milbrae PAL
GAME SCHEDULE
Thur, July 3 at Reno Thur, July 3 at Wooster Thur, July 2 at Damonte
10:00 Reno vs Yuba Sun Devils vs Red Bluff Damonte vs El Dorado
12:30 Reno vs Medford Sun Devils vs N. Humboldt Red Bluff vs Milbrae
3:00 Santa Clara vs Medford Napa vs N. Numbodt Redding vs Eureka
5:30 Santa Clara vs Petaluma Napa vs Milbrae
8:00 Yuba vs Petaluma
Fri, July 4 at Reno Fri, July 4 at Wooster Fri, July 4 at Damonte
9:00 Petaluma vs Medford N. Humboldt vs Red Bluff Damonte vs Eureka
11:30 Yuba vs Medford Napa vs Red Bluff Damonte vs Redding
2:00 Yuba vs Santa Clara Napa vs Sun Devils El Dorado vs Redding
4:30 Reno vs Santa Clara Milbrae vs Sun Devils El Dorado vs Eureka
6:30 Reno vs Petaluma
8:30 N. Humboldt vs Milbrae
Sat, July 5 at Reno Sat, July 5 at Wooster Sat, July 5 at Damonte
10:00 G#1 R1 vs B2 10:00 G#8 W3 vs R3 10:00 G#12 R4 vs B4
12:30 G#2 W2 vs R2 1:00 G#9 B3 vs W4 1:00 G#13 W5 vs B5
B1 and W1 get a bye
3:00 G#3 W G#1 vs W1
5:30 G#4 W G#2 vs B1
Sun, July 6 at Reno Sun, July 6 at Wooster Sun, July 6 at Damonte
9:00 G#5 Loser G4 vs Loser G1 G#10 Loser G8 vs Loser G9 G#14 Loser G12 vs LoserG13
11:30 G#6 Loser G2 vs Loser G3 G#11 Winner G8 vs Winner G9 G#15 Winner G12 vs Winner G13
2:00 G#7 Winner G3 vs Winner G4

 

20th Annual Sierra Nevada Classic

Thursday, May 22nd, 2008

“Josh Anderson Memorial”
June 24-29, 2008

Welcome to the 20th Annual Josh Anderson Memorial Tournament. It is awesome that we are celebrating this tournament’s twentieth year of existence. This is a tribute to Coach Gary Powers and his assistant coaches, the coaches who have brought their teams here since the inception of the tournament, and all of the fine players who have played in the Josh Anderson. Once again the tournament will be played at Peccole Park which is one of the best baseball stadiums in the United States. With the addition of lights, all the games of the Josh Anderson Tournament will be played at Peccole Park.

The tournament is without a doubt one of the most prestigious tournaments on the west coast. With teams from California, Nevada, Washington, Hawaii, Oklahoma and Idaho, many of the best players in the country have been highlighted throughout the tournament’s history. Many of the tournament alumni are now playing either in the major leagues, the minor leagues, or collegiate baseball.

We really appreciate all the teams that continue to come back to Reno and play in this fine tournament. Some of your organizations have been coming since the tournament started and that is greatly appreciated. If there are any questions, please contact Pete Savage at 775-828-4193.

Thank you,

Pete Savage
Reno Knights

Silver Division Blue Division
Danville Hoots Oklahoma Travelers
Hawaii 808 Dragons Chico Nuts
Reno Knights Santa Rosa Connie Mack
Mountain View Toros Yakima Legion

**HOME TEAM LISTED FIRST

Tuesday, June 24
12:00 Yakima vs Oklahoma
2:30 Reno vs Hawaii
5:00 Chico vs Santa Rosa
7:30 Mountain View vs Danville

Wednesday, June 25
12:00 Hawaii vs Mountain View
2:30 Danville vs Reno
5:00 Oklahoma vs Santa Rosa
7:30 Chico vs Yakima

Thursday, June 26
12:00 Reno vs Mountain View
2:30 Santa Rosa vs Yakima
5:00 Hawaii vs Danville
7:30 Oklahoma vs Chico

Friday, June 27 (Pool Play Starts)
12:00 Game #1 S1 vs B4
2:30 Game #2 S2 vs B3
5:00 Game 3 S3 vs B2
7:30 Game #4 S4 vs B1

Saturday, June 28
12:00 Game #5 Loser G #1 vs Loser G #3
2:30 Game #6 Loser G #2 vs Loser G #4
5:00 Game #7 Winner G #1 vs Winner G #3
7:30 Game #8 Winnre G #2 vs Winner G #4

Sunday, June 29
10:00 Game 9 Loser G #5 vs Loser G #6 (Game played at Reno High School)
10:00 Game #10 Winner G #5 vs Winner G #6 (5th Place)
12:30 Game #11 Loser G #7 vs Loser G #8 (3rd Place)
3:00 Game #12 Winner G #7 vs Winner G #8 (Championship)
TOURNAMENT RULES

**All games will be seven inning games
**Time Limit: 2 hours 15 minutes
**Clear all dugouts immediately following completion of game (all post game meetings will be held in bullpen areas only)
**10 run rule in effect after 5 innings
**No tobacco (Smoking or chewing) will be allowed inside the playing field or
indoor hitting facilities
**All pre-game warm-up must be done in the outfield areas beyond the infield dirt areas. No catch or pepper played in front of dugout area. NO SOFT TOSS INTO ANY FENCES.
**Absolutely no SUNFLOWER SEEDS on the playing surface!!
**Protests will be handled immediately by the tournament committee
**Home team has 3rd base dugout
**Home team takes batting practice 90 minutes prior to game time
**Visiting team takes batting practice 60 minutes prior to game time
**Seeding determined by: a. Best Record b. Head to Head c. Fewest Runs Allowed

 

15th Annual Reno Knights Memorial Day Tournament

Wednesday, May 21st, 2008

Welcome to the 15th annual Reno Knights Memorial Day Tournament! We have a great field of teams this year to kick off your 2008 summer season. We have 10 teams playing for the championship this year. Each team is guaranteed 5 games. The tournament dates are Friday, May 23 through Monday, May 26.

Red Blue
Reno Knights A Sierra Sun Devils
Damonte Rebels Douglas Tigers
Fallon Black Sox Carson Cardinals
Greater Nevada Badgers Tahoe Tsunami
North Valleys Knights B

Friday, May 23
4:00 Damonte Rebels at Reno Knights A (at Reno HS)
7:00 Greater Nevada Badgers at Reno Knights A (at Reno HS)
4:30 Fallon Black Sox at North Valleys (at North Valleys HS)
4:30 Douglas Tigers at Sierra Sun Devils (at Wooster HS)
4:30 Tahoe Tsunami at Carson Cardinals (at Carson HS)

Saturday, May 24
10:00 Greater Nevada Badgers vs North Valleys (at Damonte Ranch)
12:30 Fallon Black Sox vs Damonte Rebels (at Damonte Ranch)
2:00 Greater Nevada Badgers vs Damonte Rebels (at Damonte Ranch)

11:30 Tahoe Tsunami vs Douglas Tigers (at Reno High School)
2:00 Knights B vs Douglas Tigers (at Reno High School)
4:30 Fallon Black Sox vs Reno Knights A (at Reno High School)

10:00 Knights B vs Carson Cardinals (at Wooster High School)
12:30 Sierra Sun Devils vs Carson Cardinals (at Wooster High School)
3:00 Sierra Sun Devils vs Tahoe Tsunami (at Wooster High School)

Sunday, May 25
10:00 North Valleys vs Damonte Rebels (at Reno High School)
12:30 North Valleys vs Reno Knights A (at Reno High School)
3:00 Fallon Black Sox vs Greater Nev Badgers (at Reno High School)

10:00 Knights B vs Sierra Sun Devils (at Wooster High School)
12:30 Knights B vs Tahoe Tsunami (at Wooster High School)

11:00 Carson Cardinals vs Douglas Tigers (at Douglas High School)

Monday, May 26
9:00 R5 vs B5 at Wooster High School
11:30 R4 vs B4 at Wooster High School
9:00 R3 vs B3 at Reno High School
11:30 R2 vs B2 at Reno High School
2:00 R1 vs B1 at Reno High School

The following facts will apply to this year’s tournament:
• All teams guaranteed five games
• Entry fee is $300 and 1 dozen baseballs
• American League rules to be used
• Two hour 15 minute time limit per game
• Be sure to check your schedule to find location of each game played
• Trophy awarded to championship team of tournament
• Ties will be played out with no time limit
• Knights always occupy third base dugout at Reno High School
• Sun Devils always occupy first base dugout at Wooster High School
• Tie breaking procedure for seeding purposes:
1. Head to Head
2. Least Runs given up

 

Huskies finish a successful regular season

Sunday, May 11th, 2008

Reno High went 30-8 overall, 18-3 in league play and had the Sierra League Pitcher of the Year, Co-Coach of the Year, three First Team selections, six Second Team players, and one Honorable Mention.

HIGH DESERT LEAGUE
Pitcher of the Year
Kegan Peterson, Reno

Co-Coach of the Year
Pete Savage, Reno

FIRST TEAM
Drew Simpson, Reno
Zach Sanford, Reno
Pat Gallagher, Reno

SECOND TEAM
Tom Jameson, Reno
Skyler Kachurak, Reno
Thomas Wood, Reno
Austin Nyman, Reno
Glenn Wallace, Reno
Shawn Walters, Reno

HONORABLE MENTION
Cavin Hill, Reno

 

Two outs not a problem for Reno

Sunday, May 11th, 2008

Scott Oxarart
RENO GAZETTE-JOURNAL
Posted: 5/06/2008

Reno High coach Pete Savage loves two-out rallies. Like any coach, he sees the momentum building when his team battles to get hits and runs.

Against Galena High on Thursday, Savage saw one of the best two-out rallies in school history.

The Huskies scored 13 runs on six hits with two outs in the second inning and went on to beat Galena, 20-4, in the semifinal game of the Northern 4A Regionals at Damonte Ranch High.

“It’s just one of those things, I love to score runs with two outs,” Savage said. “It shows a mentally tough team when you do that. We just play one pitch at a time and keep working.”

The Huskies (28-6) will play at Bishop Manogue in the Zone championship Saturday at 1 p.m. Galena beat Spanish Springs, 10-5, earlier in the day to play Reno.

The 20 runs and 15 hits were the highest totals of the season for Reno. Thomas Wood led the Huskies going 2-for-3 with four RBIs and a double.

“We came in knowing we were going to have to put up runs because (Galena) is a great team,” Wood said. “Then with two outs, we just totally unleashed. With two outs that’s what you want to do. It pumped everyone up. We just go up there hitting for the guy behind us. You know, if we get a hit the guy behind us gets to hit.”

The bottom of the second inning lasted about 45 minutes and Galena starting pitcher Levi Stafford gave up 10 earned runs on seven hits and five walks.

Tom Jameson pitched three innings for Reno, giving up no runs on two hits and one strikeout.

Reno spread out its offensive attack with Skyler Kachurak and Shawn Walters each driving in three runs with Austin Nyman, Pat Gallagher, Glenn Wallace and Cavin Hill driving in two.

Kachurak started the second inning rally with an RBI single to right centerfield.

The offense explosion also allowed Reno to use eight pinch hitters while Galena used six pitchers.

“Our guys were patient and got good pitches to hit,” Savage said. “We carry a big roster. It was important for every guy to work hard and we were able to get some at bats.”

Galena was down 20 before hitting three home runs in the fifth inning. Luke Hess and Eric Underwood each hit solo home runs and Brian Pointer hit a two-run shot.

Reno will now point its focus toward Bishop Manogue.

“Manogue is obviously a talented team and a top-notch program,” Savage said. “It should be an exciting game. They’re very well coached.”

 

Reno quiets Manogue bats to win regional crown

Sunday, May 11th, 2008

Justin Lawson
RENO GAZETTE-JOURNAL
Posted: 5/11/2008

At practice last week, the Reno Huskies baseball team conducted drills behind the shadows of their backstop where 11 regional championship and five state championship signs hang. No current player was a part of any of those championships.

But after Saturday, things will have to be changed.

Reno took its dominant pitching and red-hot bats to Bishop Manogue, where it seized a 13-3 win in the Northern 4A Regional championship game a year after it missed the playoffs.

It was the Huskies’ first title since 2004.

“Last year we were done by now and we knew that we had to work hard to get back to where we wanted to be, and we’ve done it,” Reno pitcher Kegan Peterson said.

Through four innings, Peterson expertly pitched to what could have been a powerful Miners offense. He allowed just four hits, struck out seven batters and increased his undefeated record to 9-0 on the season. The senior’s performance was a testament to his desire to get Reno (31-5) back to its championship caliber. Perterson was sidelined just two weeks ago, after taking a line drive to the wrist against North Valleys on April 24.

“Kegan absolutely amazed me,” Reno shortstop Thomas Wood said. “He came in with a hurt hand, a hurt arm and he just battled for us all game long and gave us his best.”

In return, Reno’s offense gave Peterson its best. All of the Huskies’ starters reached base safely at least once and all but one scored at least one run.

“We came in swinging the bat hard, knowing we were going to have to score some runs against these guys and just didn’t stop,” Wood said.

The win looked just like any of Reno’s other 31 victories this season as it was a team effort.

“From the guy that has thrown two or three innings to the guy that’s thrown 50 innings, everybody’s equally important and I’m just real proud of each and every one of these players,” Reno coach Pete Savage said. “They deserve this.”

The Huskies were the first team in the playoffs to quiet Manogue’s offense. The Miners (29-7) had scored at least eight runs in their three previous playoff games, but couldn’t get going against Peterson.

“I had to work ahead and work down in the zone,” Peterson said. “These guys are good hitters and if I make mistakes I know they’ll hit it so I just had to play to my game and my strengths.”

Manogue didn’t register its first hit of the game until Craig Batory’s one-out double in the third. He came home two batters later on a Brett Hinkley two-out single that made it 9-1. It looked as if the Miners’ offense was going to pick it up.

But Peterson squashed any potential Manogue rally by striking out Joe Wieland to end the inning.

Even though the Miners were down big early, they stayed with it and got things going in the fifth when Batory hit a lead-off single to start the inning. Peterson was pulled after the hit in favor of Tom Jameson, who allowed the Miners to score one more run before closing the game out.

“The kids stayed up all day and kept in their game. I’m just proud of them for that,” Manogue coach Charles Oppio said. “Reno just came out hitting the ball and never stopped. Everything they hit found a hole, I mean, they had a great approach at the plate. … They must have hit 10 balls up the middle. All the balls went right over the bag, short of playing a guy at second base, I don’t know what the solution was.”

Oppio surprised most people by not using Wieland on the mound, instead opting to use five other pitchers. The senior led the High Desert League in most categories, including strikeouts (68) and earned run average (1.02), but Oppio said he was looking at the bigger picture.

“I would have liked the matchup, I could have thrown Joe today and he was itching to go but I just thought we were better off making sure he was 100 percent and well rested,” Oppio said.

Both teams advanced to the state tournament, but Reno will catch a break because it will not play Bishop Gorman in the first round. The Gaels are the No. 3-ranked team in the nation, according to maxpreps.com, and will face Manogue on Thursday. Instead, the Huskies will play Green Valley, and begin their quest to add one more sign on the backstop.

 

Huskies have the look of a regional favorite

Tuesday, May 6th, 2008

Justin Lawson
RENO GAZETTE-JOURNAL
Posted: 5/06/2008

When the Reno baseball team walks up to Zunini Field every day for practice, the players walk past a sign that stands just above their heads at the entrance that reads, “We believe.”

Last year, when Reno missed the playoffs, they still believed in themselves and now the returning players have worked that belief into a Sierra League championship and a No. 1 seed in the Northern 4A Regional playoffs, which begins today. The Huskies might be the favorite to win the North this season.

“I’m sure we’re all going to be ready and pumped up,” said Kegan Peterson, who could be the starting pitcher for the Huskies in their first round game today against Spanish Springs. “We’ve been waiting for this for two years and for some of us, it’s our last year.”

Peterson said the Huskies seem to be peaking as they head into playoffs and if that’s true the rest of the North better watch out because Reno has been one of the most consistent teams all season. Peterson posted five wins, struck out 43 batters and led the North with a 0.00 ERA. His teammate, Drew Simpson, led the North in wins with six and led the Sierra League in innings pitched with 32.

“We’re all coming together a lot more this year and our team chemistry is really good right now,” Peterson said. “We all have one goal and that’s to continue to play and hopefully win state so we’re just going to take it one game at a time.”

As good as the Huskies have been all season, Bishop Manogue, the other No. 1 seed in the tournament, has been nearly as impressive. Joe Wieland has done just about anything the Miners have asked of him. He has a 0.24 ERA, 52 strikeouts, 31 runs batted in and a 1.225 slugging percentage, which all lead the High Desert League.

But in Wieland’s last game against Damonte Ranch, the Miners’ first-round opponent, Manogue lost a 1-0 game on a wild pitch.

“I’m sure we’ll see him and we had a good matchup against him last time in the preseason tournament and we’re certainly expecting to have a battle again,” Damonte coach Jon Polson said.

Of all the teams in the tournament, the fourth-seeded Mustangs might have the most to prove. Damonte started off the year on a 13-game win streak before the wheels fell off and the team went 3-7 over its next 10 games.

The good news for the Mustangs is their No. 1 pitcher is back in the rotation after missing most of the season. Jake Johnson injured his hand in a preseason game on March 12. The senior made several appearances at the end of the season so he would be ready for the playoffs.

Last year’s Northern champs, Galena, is looking to get back to the championship game for the fourth consecutive year. The No. 2-seeded Grizzlies have been playing the best baseball of their season with Jacob Anderson toeing the mound along with Joshua Evans emerging as a possible successor to Anderson. Hitting has never been an issue for Galena with Anderson, Scott Underwood , Eric Underwood and Jake Hess doing the most damage in the middle of the lineup.

If Galena beats No. 3 Carson in the first round, it could set up a rematch of a 2006 second-round game in which the second-seeded Grizzlies beat the No. 1-seed Huskies on their way to a Northern championship.

With all adversity Reno would have to overcome to win the Northern championship, the Huskies are reverting back to what got them here in the first place: belief.

“If we come together and all want it as much as we do right now, we could go as far as we want,” Reno infielder Glenn Wallace said.

 

Current Prep Baseball Rankings

Monday, May 5th, 2008
RENO GAZETTE-JOURNAL
Posted: 5/05/20081. Reno Huskies
Record: 27-5 PR: 1
Last game: Defeated Douglas, 9-7
Next game: vs. Spanish Springs, Tuesday
Comment: The Huskies are back to where they’re accustomed to being: at the top.2. Douglas Tigers
Record: 22-9 PR: 2
Last game: Lost to Reno, 9-7
Next game: vs. Reed, Tuesday
Comment: The Tigers just missed their shot at grabbing the Sierra League title, but should fare well in the playoffs.

3. Galena Grizzlies
Record: 23-7 PR: 3
Last game: Defeated Elko, 18-4
Next game: vs. Carson, Tuesday
Comment: The Grizzlies are one of the hottest teams heading into the playoffs and that could carry on.

4. Bishop Manogue Miners
Record: 26-6 PR: 4
Last game: Defeated Spanish Springs, 9-6
Next game: vs. Damonte Ranch, Tuesday
Comment: Will this be the year Joe Wieland and company make the regional championship game?

5. Carson Senators
Record: 24-9 PR: 5
Last game: Defeated Wooster, 4-1
Next game: at Galena, Tuesday
Comment: The Senators didn’t get an easy first-game draw, but Carson has lost only one game since April 17.

6. Damonte Ranch Mustangs
Record: 23-9 PR: 6
Last game: Defeated Hug, 13-0
Next game: at Bishop Manogue, Tuesday
Comment: A tough pitching matchup is ahead for the Mustangs as they should face Manogue’s Joe Wieland in the first game.

7. Spanish Springs Cougars
Record: 12-11 PR: 7
Last game: Lost to Manogue, 7-3
Next game: at Manogue, Thursday
Comment: The Cougars couldn’t win a game against Manogue and the task doesn’t get easier as they face Reno in the first round.

8. Reed Raiders
Record: 17-14 PR: 8
Last game: Lost to Fallon, 17-6
Next game: vs. Douglas, Tuesday
Comment: The Raiders haven’t been playing their best ball lately and that could weigh heavily on them.

9. Dayton Dust Devils
Record: 19-7 PR: 9
Last game: Defeated Yerington, 11-5
Next game: vs. Yerington, Thursday
| Comment: The Dust Devils should have no problem taking the No. 1 seed for the Northern 3A.

10. Pershing Co. Mustangs
Record: 24-4 PR: 10
Last game: Defeated Incline, 15-0
Next game: vs. Battle Mountain, Friday
Comment: The wins keep piling up for the Mustangs, who should win the Northern 2A title.

 

Reno wins Sierra League in playoff atmosphere game over Douglas

Saturday, May 3rd, 2008

Robert Perea
RENO GAZETTE-JOURNAL
Posted: 5/03/2008

MINDEN — The region tournament may not start until Tuesday, but Reno and Douglas got a taste of postseason baseball a few days early.
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In a game full of playoff atmosphere and intensity, and with the Sierra League championship at stake, the Huskies outlasted the Tigers, 9-7, in eight innings Friday afternoon to win the league title and No. 1 seed for next week’s Northern 4A tournament.

Douglas will enter the tournament as the No. 2 seed.

“It is playoff baseball,” Reno coach Pete Savage said. “We looked at this as a playoff game.”

Cavin Hill drove home the winning run and earned the win on the mound, with a big assist from leftfielder Zach Sanford.

Tim Rudnick doubled home two runs in the bottom of the seventh inning to tie the game 7-7 and cap Douglas’ rally from a 7-2 deficit. Hill then came on in relief, but the first batter he faced, Troy Torres, grounded a single to left field. Sanford charged the ball and threw a perfect strike to the plate to cut down Rudnick and keep the game tied.

“I was so happy when he threw him out at home,” Hill said. “That was a great throw.”

“That was a perfect throw, and if they can play catch like that, they deserve the out,” Douglas coach John Glover said. “We’re going to take that gamble every time.”

Reno (24-6 overall, 18-3 Sierra League) took a 7-4 lead to the bottom of the seventh, but Douglas (21-9 overall, 16-5 Sierra League) rallied against reliever Tom Jameson. Singles by Kyle Flagg and Beau Davis put runners on first and third, and Jordan Hadlock followed with a deep sacrifice fly to right to score a run and make it 7-5. After Tanner Thomas singled, Rudnick drove the ball to the wall in straightaway center field, scoring Davis and Thomas.

“The kids didn’t quit and that’s the thing I’m happiest about,” Glover said.

Reno scored in each of the first five innings, building a 7-2 lead behind starter Glenn Wallace. Sanford drove in two runs in the first inning with a bloop single and Pat Gallagher singled home two in the second to make it 4-0. Reno scored single runs in the third, fourth and fifth innings, to run their streak to 11 consecutive innings with at least one run before Hadlock took the mound in relief and held them scoreless in the sixth and seventh innings.

“The last two games, the last two days, have been crazy, and it’s good for us because the playoffs start next week,” Hill said. “That’s what we need to do in the playoffs.”

“That’s the best part of having a series like this at the end of the year,” Glover said. “We’ve got new life Tuesday and hopefully we can take advantage of it.”

 

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