Incline baseball: Highlanders take 2 of 3 vs. Silver Stage
Northern Division III standings
Team League Overall
Pershing County 12-0 16-2
Yerington 9-0 15-2
Battle Mountain 5-4 9-6
Incline 4-5 4-7-1
North Tahoe 2-10 6-11
Silver Stage 1-6 1-13
West Wendover 1-7 4-8
The Incline baseball team made strides in the league standings with a 2-1 series win against Silver Stage last week.
After dropping the opener 8-7 in the 10th inning, the Highlanders rebounded to take both ends of Friday’s doubleheader, 15-5 and 9-1. Incline, which has won four of its last five, is now 4-5 and in fourth place in the Northern Division III.
In a back-and-forth first game of the series, Incline managed just four hits while holding Silver Stage (1-6) to six. Jose Cordova finished with two RBIs on one hit, Fidel Rodriguez and Alex Barnard each had an RBI, and Owen Graffis, Reed Schaaf and Tristan Summers each had one hit.
Brian Banuelos, Dalton Fry and Trent Green pitched for Incline, with Banuelos striking out five in 5 2/3 innings.
The first game of Friday’s doubleheader remained close early as both teams scored five runs in the first inning. The Highlanders scored two more in the second and five in the fourth to take a 12-5 lead that they did not relinquish.
Rodriguez tallied five RBIs on two doubles, Graffis drove in three runs on two hits, including a double, and Cordova drove in three runs on one hit. Jacob Leoncio had three hits and an RBI, Summers had a hit and an RBI, Preston Hoff had an RBI, and Fry and Zachary Poalillo each had two hits.
Leoncio pitched 5 2/3 innings in relief, giving up only two hits and two walks while striking out four.
In the final game, Green and Summers combined on the mound to hold the Nighthawks to just four hits. Summers, who did not allow a run, scattered three hits and a walk over six innings and finished with 14 strikeouts. Green allowed the one run in the seventh, when he struck out two and surrendered a hit and a walk.
Offensively, Rodriguez drove in another two runs on two hits, while Leoncio, Summers and Graffis each had a hit and RBI, and Barnard and Banuelos each had a hit.
Incline is scheduled to play a doubleheader at Yerington on Saturday.