Incline baseball, softball | Highlanders remain unbeaten in league
The Incline baseball and softball teams are scheduled to host league doubleheaders against Silver Stage on Saturday starting at 11 a.m.
The Incline baseball team improved to 4-0 in league play with a doubleheader sweep, 12-2 and 22-18, at West Wendover on Saturday.
Incline’s softball team, meanwhile, split its twin bill against the Wolverines, winning first game 12-9 and losing the second 4-2.
Junior hurler Tommy Dolan started Game 1 and earned the win for the Incline baseball team, recording nine strikeouts in five innings while allowing three hits and two runs. Jack Clouthier pitched a scoreless sixth, striking out two, before the Highlanders ended the game on the 10-run mercy rule.
Incline (5-1 overall) had nine hits in the game, led by Tommy Thompson’s 4-for-5 performance with a triple and three RBIs, and Nicky Witty’s 2-for-3 with a double and three RBIs. Dolan helped his cause with a triple and two RBIs, and Ben Snyder and Masxsimo Battel each contributed a hit. Battel and Clouthier each had two stolen bases.
Game 2 was a little more exciting as the teams traded leads in a high-scoring affair. The Highlanders scored in every inning except the sixth and seventh, while the Wolverines (0-4 league, 2-8 overall) plated runs in every inning but the seventh. Incline scored five runs in the third inning and six more in both the fourth and fifth to surge ahead for good.
The Highlanders managed 11 hits. Thompson by himself drove in seven runs with a 3-for-3 game with two doubles, and Snyder drove in six runs by going 2-for-4 with a triple. Dolan had three RBIs, while Witty and Battel each had one. Kenny Savelieff had two hits, and Adam Swick had one.
The Incline softball team out-slugged West Wendover 15 hits to nine in the first game. Elise Nelson and Kierra Keller each went 3-for-4 with two RBIs to lead the offense. Nelson also swiped two bases.
Kortney Solis and Maddie Findlen each had two hits and an RBI, Karyss Thompson had a hit and two RBIs, Caroline May had two hits, and Briana Barraza and Harmony Bates contributed a hit apiece.
Christine Schwartz was named Incline’s Player of the Game after robbing a few would-be hits with skilled catches in left field.
Keller started and earned the win, as she scattered four hits over seven innings while striking out four and not allowing a walk. Only three of West Wendover’s nine runs were earned.
Nelson started and pitched a solid game in the nightcap. She gave up six hits and no earned runs through six innings while striking out two and walking only one.
West Wendover freshman Sydney Reamer also pitched well, as she held the Highlanders to just four hits in a complete-game effort, with three strikeouts and a walk.
Solis, Bates, Keller and Nelson contributed a hit apiece. Solis had the only RBI and two stolen bases. Nelson and Findlen scored Incline’s two runs.
Incline is now 1-3 in league and 3-3 overall. West Wendover is 3-1 in league and 8-3 overall.