Incline at North Tahoe baseball | Highlanders sweep three from Lakers |

Incline at North Tahoe baseball | Highlanders sweep three from Lakers

Incline senior Tommy Thompson fires a pitch during Game 1 of Saturday's doubleheader.
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Incline is scheduled to play a league doubleheader at Silver Stage on Saturday at 11 a.m. and 1 p.m.

The Incline baseball team ran its league winning streak to four with a three-game sweep against rival North Tahoe this past week.

Coming off a 5-4 win at Pershing County, the Highlanders defeated North Tahoe 13-3 on Wednesday and 12-1 and 11-0 in Saturday’s doubleheader at North Tahoe Regional Park.

“That was really good for us. It was nice to get the wins and to see our pitchers throwing well,” said Incline coach Jeff Clouthier. “It’s always nice to have your starting pitchers finish games.

“We also played pretty solid defense and hit the ball well. The whole lineup was pretty productive.”

Senior pitchers Tommy Thompson and Jack Clouthier threw complete games Saturday while allowing only one run on the day.

In the first game, Thompson allowed six hits and a walk while striking out 11 in seven innings. Clouthier then shut down the Lakers in the series finale, giving up just three hits while recording nine strikeouts. The game was called after five innings on the 10-run mercy rule.

Clouthier helped his cause in the shortened game by going 3-for-3 with two home runs and four RBIs. Freshman Tristan Summers was 3-for-3 with a double and four RBIs, while Thompson had two hits, including a triple, and an RBI. Chris Rehberger had a hit and RBI, Bryan Banuelos had a hit and Alex Barnard had an RBI.

Freshman Graham Payne pitched for the Lakers and picked up their only RBI with a base hit in the fourth inning.

The Highlanders banged out 14 hits in the opening game of the doubleheader off of North Tahoe starter Miles Johansen and reliever Trent Lingruen.

Ben Snyder and Owen Graffis were both 3-for-5 with two RBIs, Fidel Rodriguez was 3-for-3 with a double and RBI, and Thompson and Summers each had two hits and drove in two runs. One of Thompson’s hits was a triple. Rehberger also contributed a hit and Clouthier had an RBI.

Nicky Witty pitched a complete five innings in Wednesday’s win. He gave up five hits and three runs while striking out three.

Incline had 12 hits in the contest, with Thompson leading the way with a 4-for-4 performance with two triples and five RBIs. Clouthier also hit two triples and was 3-for-3 with two RBIs. Witty contributed two RBIs on one hit, Summers drove in two runs with a double, and Rehberger also had an RBI. Graffis and Snyder had a hit apiece.

The Highlanders are now 4-2 in Northern Division III play and 7-3 overall. North Tahoe is 0-9 in league and 0-10-2 overall.

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