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Incline baseball: Highlanders fall to first-place Lions

Staff report
Incline senior Alex Barnard scampers safely back to first during Wednesday's league game against Yerington.
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The young Incline baseball team ran into a tough opponent in first-place Yerington last week. The Lions swept the series, 13-1, 11-0 and 9-4, to improve to 12-0 in the Northern Division III.

Playing on their home field Wednesday, the Highlanders managed six hits off of Yerington starter George Clark, highlighted by a solo home run off the bat of senior Reed Schaaf.

Jacob Leoncio, Alex Barnard, Dalton Fry and Owen Graffis contributed a hit apiece as Clark cruised through five innings. He recorded 10 strikeouts and issued only one walk. Trent Green and Leoncio pitched for Incline.

Yerington senior Dakota Aiazzi pitched the Lions to a shutout victory in the first game of Saturday’s doubleheader in Yerington. The right-hander allowed five hits while striking out four in five innings.

Barnard, Graffis, Fidel Rodriguez, Tristan Summers and Preston Hoff each finished with one hit. Green and Fry pitched for the Highlanders.

Incline’s offense made some noise in the series finale. The Highlanders scored four runs off of Yerington starter Daniel Sciarani, who, despite striking out 11, issued seven walks in seven innings.

Hoff finished with a double and RBI, while Leoncio went 2-for-3 and Graffis was 2-for-4 with a double. Schaaf also doubled.

Summers started on the mound and scattered seven hits over five innings as he struck out five and allowed five earned runs. Leoncio gave up one run on one hit in an inning of work.

The Highlanders, who are set to take on Whittell in a nonleague game at Aces Ballpark on Tuesday, are now 4-8 in league play and 4-10-1 overall. Incline has two league series remaining —at West Wendover this Friday and Saturday and at Battle Mountain on May 6 and 7.