Incline baseball | Highlanders sweep past Silver Stage |

Incline baseball | Highlanders sweep past Silver Stage

Incline shortstop Jack Clouthier and the Highlanders swept a three-game league series from Silver Stage to improve to 7-2 in the Northern Division III.
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The Incline baseball and softball teams are scheduled to host doubleheaders against Yerington (conditions permitting) on Saturday at 11 a.m. and 1 p.m.

The Incline baseball team ran its league winning streak to seven straight with a three-game sweep against Silver Stage this past Wednesday and Saturday.

The Highlanders opened the series Wednesday with an 11-8 win in Gardnerville. They closed by shutting out the host Nighthawks in both games of Saturday’s doubleheader, 13-0 and 8-0.

Incline, which opened Northern Division III play with consecutive losses at Pershing County, is now 7-2 in league and 10-3 overall. Silver Stage is 0-9 in league and 2-10 overall.

Senior right-hander Tommy Thompson started the first game Saturday and went the distance, allowing only one hit and two walks while striking out four in six innings.

He had plenty of offensive support. The Highlanders finished with 13 hits and led 4-0 after scoring two runs in the first inning and two more in the second. Incline blew the game open with five runs in the fourth and four in the sixth.

Thompson helped his cause at the plate by going 3-for-4 with three doubles and two RBIs. Owen Graffis had two hits, including a double, and two RBIs, while Tristan Summers and Alex Barnard each had two hits and an RBI, and Nicky Witty had a hit and RBI. Cole Steinberg, Ben Snyder and Jack Clouthier contributed a hit apiece.

Witty started the second game of the doubleheader and earned the win with four hitless, shutout innings. He issued three walks and had two strikeouts. Steinberg gave up only one hit in three innings of relief. Graffis also made a brief appearance.

Summers drove in three runs on two hits to lead the offense, which scored two runs in the first inning, one in both the third and fifth innings, and four in the sixth.

Witty was 3-for-3 with an RBI, and Thompson and Graffis were both 2-for-3 with an RBI. Snyder also drove in a run and had one hit, and Clouthier had two hits.

Incline jumped out to a commanding lead in the series opener with a two-run first inning and a four-run second. Silver Stage brought the score close by scoring two runs in the fifth, four in the sixth and one in the seventh.

Summers earned the win. He gave up only one run on four hits and four walks while recording six strikeouts. Bryan Banuelos and Clouthier also pitched.

Clouthier went 3-for-3 with a double and three RBIs, Barnard was 4-for-4, Banuelos 3-for-4, Thompson 2-for-4 with a double and two RBIs, and Graffis 1-for-3 with two RBIs. Summers had a hit and RBI and Snyder had a hit.

The Incline softball team dropped three league games against Silver Stage last week, 14-4, 16-6 and 19-10. Stats were not available.

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