North Tahoe baseball off to hot start
The North Tahoe baseball team made quite an impression in its Northern 2A openers, routing ROP 14-4 and 21-1 on Saturday in the first doubleheader in its new league.
Laker head coach Jack Bernardo was pleased with the big wins, which upped North Tahoe’s overall record to 3-2, but he conceded that the Rams likely are not the best team the league has to offer.
“In these games where you don’t know what’s going to happen ” because I last saw ROP four years ago ” you don’t know if you should play hard like you’re playing a competitive team or not,” the coach said. “We discovered that we were not playing a competitive team, so then it’s just about keeping your head in the game. We actually worked a lot on baserunning.”
North Tahoe junior Chris Cahill pitched Game 1, allowing four runs on six hits and two walks while recording five strikeouts in five innings ” both games were called after five innings because of the 10-run mercy rule.
Senior Sean Bernardo started Game 2, striking out six of the 10 batters he faced in three innings before Tyler Phillips came in to close the final two innings.
After a sloppy defensive start to the season, coach Bernardo was relieved to see his team commit just two errors in the doubleheader.
“I was happy with the defense. When (ROP) put the ball in play, we made the play,” he said.
Any coach would be happy with the Lakers’ effort at the plate, as every player on the team had at least one hit.
Cahill went 6 for 8 with a double and three RBIs, Zach Tomlinson was 6 for 8 with a double and six RBIs, Taylor Good was 5 for 8 with two doubles and three RBIs and Sean Bernardo 5 for 7 with two doubles and five RBIs. Tyler Turpin went 5 for 8 with three RBIs, Tyler Phillips 4 for 8 with two RBIs, Joe Hallman 3 for 6 with a double and an RBI and Davidson Harley 2 for 4. Parker Laughlin and Ben Lurie each went 1 for 3.
“Hitting-wise, it was almost like summer softball statistics,” coach Bernardo said, adding that with ROP committing errors, it seemed the Lakers were granted five outs an inning.