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Seth Lightcap/Sierra SunNorth Tahoe senior Taylor Good drives a pitch into the outfield as teammate Sean Bernardo looks on from the on-deck circle. Both Lakers were voted by coaches to the All-League first team. Zack Tomlinson and Chris Cahill made honorable mention.
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Four North Tahoe baseball players earned Northern 2A All-League honors for their play during the 2008 season.Seniors Sean Bernardo and Taylor Good were voted by coaches to the first team, while juniors Zack Tomlinson and Chris Cahill made honorable mention.Wil Schumacher of Pershing County (Lovelock) was voted Player of the Year and his coach, Russell Fecht, was voted Coach of the Year.

Sean Bernardo: The Lakers ace pitcher, Bernardo led the team with a 1.76 ERA and 77 strikeouts in 51 2/3 innings. The senior often dominated opposing hitters with pinpoint control and a large repertoire of pitches, including a fastball, change, curve, slider and an occasional knuckleball. Laid back off the field, Bernardo is a tough competitor who is all business on the mound or behind the plate his position when not pitching. Hes currently mulling over college options and is still receiving calls and text messages from collegiate coaches. Offensively, Bernardo was as dangerous as they come in the cleanup slot. Finishing with a .425 average, he led the team with 27 RBIs and 12 doubles. Bernardo is playing this summer with the Reno Muckdogs. Taylor Good: Equally competent in the field and at the plate, Good tied with Zack Tomlinson for the teams highest batting average (.441). A natural outfielder with ample speed to track down fly balls, the left-hander played a solid first base this past season because of the Lakers defensive needs. The senior hit third in the order and struck out just six times while scoring 22 runs and accumulating 18 RBIs, six doubles, two triples and a home run on 26 hits. Hes playing with Bernardo and the Reno Muckdogs this summer and is looking to play college ball. Zack Tomlinson: Along with Good, Tomlinson led the Lakers with a .441 average. Hitting second in the batting order, the junior had 14 RBIs and six doubles on 26 hits while striking out just four times. He led North Tahoe with his bat during the Northern 2A regional tournament, going 6 for 6. Tomlinsons coach, Jack Bernardo, said the second baseman and catcher may also pitch next season because of his strong arm. Hes almost a sure bet to make the All-League first team next year, his coach said, and could easily have been on this years second team. Chris Cahill: Like Tomlinson, coach Bernardo said honorable mention recognition hardly gives Cahill enough credit. He should be a first-teamer next season, the coach said, and he would fit in just fine on this years second team. Batting leadoff for the Lakers, Cahill led the team with 28 hits and 25 runs. He also had the third-highest average, at .424. Few pitchers in the league made Cahill look bad at the plate, as the junior hit safely in nearly every game. Cahill was instrumental in reaching base to set up the meat of North Tahoes order. Coach Bernardo said the first four hitters produced probably 99 percent of the Lakers runs.

Player of the Year: Wil Schumacher, Pershing CountyCoach of the Year: Russell Fecht, Pershing CountyFirst teamSean Bernardo, senior, North TahoeTaylor Good, senior, North TahoeCraig Nelson, junior, Pershing CountyJayce Montes, junior, Pershing CountyChris Quintana, junior, Pershing CountyDarren Boone, senior, Silver StageJared Roberts, junior, Silver StageBilly Moss, senior, Silver StageLouis Douglas, sophomore, Battle MountainRandy Verbeck, junior, Battle MountainAndrew Schumann, senior, Mineral CountyCarter Amaral, senior, WhittellSecond teamArmando Gonzalez, senior, Pershing CountyPhillip Schmith, senior, Pershing CountyDylan Bloyed, sophomore, Pershing CountyBrad Powell, senior, Silver StageDevon Brannon, junior, Battle MountainDaniel Goerdt, senior, Battle MountainTony Villareal, junior, Battle MountainLogan Espinoza, sophomore, Mineral CountyKyle Hofer, junior, Mineral CountySean OSullivan, junior, Mineral CountyBen Ward, junior, WhittellAdrian Cano, senior, ROPHonorable mentionZack Tomlinson, junior, North TahoeChris Cahill, junior, North TahoeMark Hostman, sophomore, Pershing CountySteven Helms, senior, Silver StageCody Boone, sophomore, Silver StageTurner Price, junior, Battle MountainJaime Hernandez, sophomore, Battle MountainKyle Skvarna, junior, Mineral CountyVince Stotts, sophomore, Mineral CountyAlex Potnick, freshman, WhittellAlex Vogt, freshman, WhittellDeandros Finks, freshman, ROP


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