Incline baseball | Playoff-bound Highlanders sweep league series
Northern Division III standings
Team League Overall
1. Battle Mountain 14-1 20-4
2. Yerington 12-3 15-8
3. Pershing County 11-4 15-11
4. Incline 11-4 14-5
5. North Tahoe 3-12 4-13-2
6. West Wendover 3-15 4-18
7. Silver Stage 0-15 2-16
Incline is scheduled to host a three-game league series at the middle school against first-place Battle Mountain on Friday (4 p.m.) and Saturday (11 a.m. and 1 p.m.). The Northern Division III regional tournament will be held at Pershing County on May 8-9. The top two teams advance to the state championship, which is scheduled for May 14-16 in Las Vegas.
The Incline baseball team swept a league series against West Wendover on Tuesday, winning 15-7 and 12-1.
The Highlanders also won the third game of the series by forfeit, as the Wolverines did not have enough pitching to play a third contest.
The series originally was scheduled to be played at Incline on Friday and Saturday, but the games were postponed due to weather. Incline then agreed to drive out to Winnemucca on Tuesday to help limit West Wendover’s travel. Both games were shortened.
Incline led the opener 15-2 entering the fifth but allowed five runs in the final inning before closing the door.
Senior Jack Clouthier started and pitched two innings, and Nicky Witty pitched the last three innings.
Clouthier, Ben Snyder and Cole Steinberg each had three hits, with Steinberg driving in three runs and Snyder and Owen Graffis driving in two runs apiece. Freshman Tristan Summers had two hits and two RBIs, and Clouthier and Tommy Thompson each tripled.
Thompson pitched a complete game in the following contest, which was called after four innings.
Thompson, Graffis and Witty each had two hits, Clouthier drove in three runs with a bases-loaded triple, and Alex Barnard had two RBIs.
The Highlanders, who had already clinched a playoff berth, improved to 11-4 in Northern Division III play. The Wolverines fell to 3-15.
While the four playoff teams have already clinched, the final weekend of league play will be crucial in determining the seedings. Entering the weekend, Battle Mountain leads the standings with a 14-1 record. The Longhorns are followed by Yerington, which is 12-3, and Pershing County and Incline, which share the same league record.
Incline will host Battle Mountain for a three-game series Friday and Saturday, while Yerington and Pershing County also square off for three.
“It’s going to be a fun weekend,” said Incline coach Jeff Clouthier.
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