Bernardo throws a gem for Lakers |

Bernardo throws a gem for Lakers

Provided to the SunNorth Tahoe senior Sean Bernardo winds up for a pitch during the Lakers 2-1 loss at Pershing County on Saturday. Senior Tyler Turpin is shown playing shortstop.

The North Tahoe baseball team dropped both ends of a league doubleheader at first-place Pershing County on Saturday, losing 9-4 and 2-1.North Tahoe fell to 2-2 in the Northern 2A while Pershing County (Lovelock) improved to 6-0 in league.For those who enjoy a good pitchers duel, the second contest featuring the arms of Lovelocks Will Schumacher and North Tahoes Sean Bernardo, each teams No. 1 starter, was a classic. Schumacher, a senior and one of the top prospects in Northern Nevada, recorded 14 strikeouts while allowing four hits and one run (none earned) in seven innings to earn the win. Bernardo was just as sharp, striking out 13 Lovelock hitters in six and two-thirds innings while giving up four hits and two runs (one earned).Game 2 was a great, great game. Those two guys were going at it, said North Tahoe head coach Jack Bernardo.With two outs and the score tied 1-1 in the bottom of the seventh inning, Sean Bernardo, a senior, delivered a low and outside changeup about 6 inches off the plate with an 0-2 count. The Lovelock batter reached his bat out and made contact, dunking a bloop hit to the opposite field for the game-winning hit.The umpires came out to meet both pitchers after the game and told them that was the best pitched game they had umpired in a long time, said Jack Bernardo. Needless to say, the hitting stats were pretty meager.Nevertheless, Taylor Good, Sean Bernardo, Tyler Turpin and Tyler Phillips each managed a 1-for-3 day at the plate. And coach Bernardo estimates that Schumacher was throwing between 90 and 92 mph this in front of two pro scouts.The kids really responded well, the coach said of his players. I told them not to give up, and they didnt.

The first game was not as pretty for the Lakers, coach Bernardo said.We didnt play well defensively, he said. I think we had four or five unearned runs.Chris Cahill pitched three and one-third innings, giving up five runs (none earned) on five hits with five walks and one strikeout. Phillips pitched two and two-thirds innings, giving up four runs (three earned) on four hits, with one walk and four strikeouts.At the plate, Zack Tomlinson and Good each went 2 for 3 and Joe Hallman was 1 for 2. Good had two RBIs.Walks and errors put us in a hole, being down 5-0 after 3 innings, coach Bernardo said. The Lakers came back and scored four runs in the fourth, with two runs scoring on a triple by Good. Lovelock put the game away with a three-run homer in the fifth.

The North Tahoe softball team lost two league games at Pershing County on Saturday. The Lakers are now 0-2 in the Northern 2A. In the second game, Laker hitters Christina Lane, Jennifer Jimenez, Shannon Stack and Shain Wickman each had one hit.

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