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Incline baseball, softball: Highlanders jump into league play

Staff report
Incline catcher Tristan Summers is pictured in a home game last season. Summers is one of six returning players from last year's state championship team.
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Incline’s baseball and softball teams are already a league series deep following a challenging preseason in which snow kept them off their home fields.

Making matters more challenging, both Incline squads opened their Northern Division III campaigns against quality Pershing County clubs. Pershing County’s baseball and softball teams are off to 6-0 starts in league.

In a three-game series against the Mustangs, the defending state champion Incline baseball team — which graduated six seniors, including league MVP Jack Clouthier, from last year’s title squad — lost 8-0, 18-2 and 20-8.

Pershing County’s senior ace, Dominic Barter, limited Incline to just two hits in the series opener while recording 10 strikeouts.

Incline sophomore Tristan Summers went 1-for-3 with a double and walk, and freshman Zachary Poalillo was 1-for-2. Trent Green, Summers and Brian Banuelos pitched for the Highlanders. Incline stats were not available from Saturday’s doubleheader.

The Highlanders’ softball team lost 19-1 to the Mustangs (stats were not available) and then twice by forfeit.

The Incline baseball team is scheduled to take on rival North Tahoe in Tahoe Vista on Wednesday at 4 p.m. The teams meet again for a doubleheader Saturday in Carson City. The Incline softball team is scheduled to host a doubleheader against North Tahoe on Saturday at 11 a.m. and 1 p.m.