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Ruby Mountain falls to Fernley

Ruby Mountain All-Stars 8-10 team photo

Ruby Mountain All-Stars pose for a team photo.

DAYTON – The Ruby Mountain All-Stars had their season come to an end Monday with a tough 9-8 loss to Fernley.

Ruby Mountain fell 15-5 to Elko in its first game of the little league regional tournament for the 8-9-10 age group.

Ruby Mountain fell behind early Monday, as it did in the first game of the tournament but bounced back to tie the game at eight.

Justin Sanchez struggled at times but provided three innings of work for his team on the mound before giving way to Ethan DeFevre.

DeFevre had a solid day at the plate and collected three hits in three at bats and helped settle things down in the fifth, sixth and seventh innings while the team mounted a comeback.

Tyler Russell also came up with a big hit in the form of a game-tying double in the seventh inning that drove in DeFevre and Sam Marich.

Fernley came back with a big hit of its own with runners on base and drove in the winning run in the bottom of the seventh to keep the game from going to extras and eliminating the team from the tournament.

Ruby Mountain head coach Sean DeFevre said he was proud of the way his team battled despite the disappointing result.

“They fought pretty hard to get back in it,” he said. “There were a lot of tears after that one. It was a heart breaker but that’s baseball.”

Ruby Mountain made some small adjustments on defense to cut down on some of the miscues suffered against Elko.

Jason Rendondo was moved to shortstop to help stabilize the infield and coach DeFevre said cutting down on mistakes helped them stay competitive.

“In the first game we weren’t out of it until the third inning and we made a series of errors on the infield, so they were able to score a bunch of runs on errors,” he said. “Justin shored up the infield a little bit and we didn’t make as many errors as we made in the first game.”

Coach DeFevre also praised outfielder Slade Jones, who made two impressive catches on hard-hit balls.

He said his players got some valuable experience in the two games they played.

“We have a really good foundation to build upon and I think it was a good learning experience for most of them,” he said. “We had a couple of travel ball players on the team to add some experience but the rest of the team was inexperienced in tournament play.”

Coach DeFevre noted that he learned a lot as well since it was his first time coaching little league baseball and said his team should be proud of its effort.

“We were shell shocked in the first game and a little surprised,” he said. “I think we came back in that second game and showed a lot of grit and settled in and played the way I thought this roster could play. We were only one out away from continuing on.”

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