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Laker baseball loses slugfest at Portola

Alex Close
Sierra Sun

In a game with a staggering number of runs scored on both sides, the North Tahoe High baseball team barely missed victory in 21-18 loss at Portola on Monday.

“It was a slugfest,” North Tahoe coach Guy Tomlinson said.

Almost as soon as the game started, Portola knocked the Lakers to the ground by scoring seven runs in the opening inning.

“Our kids were kind of dejected after the first inning,” Tomlinson said.

But North Tahoe would not go quietly and took the lead with a 12-run third inning. Portola answered with five runs of its own to keep things even.

The following inning the Lakers scored six more runs to Portola’s five to put North Tahoe up by a run.

The Laker bats did not create any more action in the game, and with two-run innings both in the fifth and sixth, Portola took it away.

Sean Bernardo pitched the first five innings for North Tahoe, allowing 13 hits, walking seven and striking out eight Portola batters.

Taylor Good closed the game for the Lakers, allowing three runs, three hits, five walks and no strikeouts in his two innings on the mound.

Good was also North Tahoe’s big hitter on the day, with three runs, five hits, three RBIs and two stolen bases in five at bats.

Zach Tomlinson had three runs, two hits, two RBIs and one stolen base in five at bats.

Tyler Phillips tallied three hits ” one of them a double ” three runs and two RBIs in five trips to the plate. Brian Orr had two hits, one run and three RBIs in five at bats.

Bernardo had the Lakers’ only triple along with one other hit, two runs and two RBIs in five trips to the plate.

Tyler Turpin managed one run and three RBIs on three hits in five at bats, and Chris Kahill put up one run and two RBIs from two hits in five at bats.

With the back and forth score and huge offensive performances from both teams, coach Tomlinson said the Laker players had fun during the game.

“The kids were having a good time once they got going,” the coach said.

Tomlinson said the snow on North Tahoe’s home field at Tahoe Vista’s Regional Park is rapidly melting and that he hopes to be playing games there within the month. Portola, Incline and Whittell all have games scheduled with the Lakers in Tahoe Vista and North Tahoe hopes to schedule something with Truckee before the close of the season as well.

North Tahoe plays at Loyalton on Monday, April 9 at 3:30 p.m.