Incline baseball | Lions take two of three from Highlanders
Northern Division III standings
Battle Mountain 11-1 17-4
Pershing County 11-1 15-7
Yerington 9-3 12-8
Incline 8-4 11-5
North Tahoe 3-12 3-13-2
West Wendover 3-13 4-15
Silver Stage 0-12 2-13
Incline is scheduled to host a three-game league series against West Wendover on Friday (4 p.m.) and Saturday (1 p.m., 3 p.m.).
The Incline and Yerington baseball teams played a competitive league series last week, with each of the three games determined by two runs or less.
The Highlanders dropped the first two contests by scores of 7-6 and 8-6 but bounced back to win the series finale, 8-6.
Incline is now in fourth place at 8-4 in Northern Division III play, while Yerington is third at 9-3. Battle Mountain and Pershing County share 11-1 records atop the standings.
All four teams have secured regional playoff berths, meaning the remaining six games can only affect the seedings.
In the series opener at Yerington, the Lions led 5-2 going into the sixth inning. Incline battled back with a run in the top of the sixth and three in the seventh to take a brief 6-5 lead. The hosts pulled off the win with a two-run bottom half of the inning.
Senior Jack Clouthier started on the mound and went five innings, allowing five runs (four earned) on six hits and a walk. He struck out seven. Senior Tommy Thompson pitched two innings in relief and was tagged with the loss, giving up two runs on four hits.
Junior Daniel Sciarani threw a complete game for the Lions. He allowed six runs (five earned) on 10 hits. He did not walk a batter and struck out seven.
Owen Graffis, Ben Snyder and Nicky Witty each drove in a run for Incline. Snyder finished 3-for-3 with two doubles, Cole Steinberg was 2-for-3 with a double, and Clouthier was 2-for-4. Thompson, Graffis and Witty had one hit apiece.
Incline hosted Saturday’s doubleheader.
In the first game, the Lions again pulled off the comeback win after the Highlanders had taken the lead in the middle innings. Incline scored four runs in the fifth and two in the sixth to edge ahead, 6-5, but Yerington scored three in the top of the seventh to reclaim the lead for good.
Clouthier and Thompson both pitched for Incline, with Clouthier picking up the loss in relief. Thompson started and recorded five strikeouts in six innings, while allowing five runs (three earned) on nine hits and two walks. Clouthier gave up three runs (two earned) on three hits in one inning of work.
Junior Dakota Aiazzi, who pitched all seven innings for the Lions, had 13 strikeouts. Incline managed 14 hits, however, two apiece by Steinberg, Thompson, Alex Barnard, Tristan Summers, Clouthier, Snyder and Witty.
Snyder drove in three runs with two doubles, while Clouthier, Graffis and Thompson each had one RBI. Both of Witty’s hits were doubles.
Yerington hit two home runs, one apiece by Michael Monahan and Austin Schlegelmilch.
The series finale was a back-and-forth affair until the fourth inning, when the Highlanders scored five runs to take an 8-5 lead. Incline limited Yerington to a run in the seventh to preserve the win.
Summers, a freshman, threw a complete game, notching five strikeouts while giving up six runs (four earned) on eight hits and two walks.
Incline tagged George Clark with the loss, scoring five runs on the Yerington starter in 3 2/3 innings.
The Highlanders had 12 hits in the game, with Thompson going 4-for-4 with a home run and three RBIs. Witty had a hit and two RBIs, while Snyder and Clouthier each drove in a run. Summers, Clouthier and Snyder had two hits apiece, and Barnard and Witty had one hit apiece.
Yerington again hit two home runs, by Schlegelmilch and Austin Camarena.
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