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North Tahoe at Incline baseball: Highlanders win both ends of twin bill

Staff report
North Tahoe freshman Sam Sheridan mans his infield position Saturday.
Courtesy Kristina Mattson |

The Incline baseball team paid back North Tahoe with a pair of league victories Saturday, three days after the Lakers opened the series with a win.

After the Lakers took last Wednesday’s contest by a score of 4-1, the Highlanders bounced back over the weekend to defeat their lakeside rival 10-7 and 13-12 in extra innings.

In the extra-innings game, Incline struck first with a four-run first inning and led 6-3 after three. North Tahoe cut into the lead with a two-run top of the fourth, but Incline answered with four in the bottom half of the inning to extend its advantage to 10-5.

The Lakers would not go away. They scored once more in the fifth, three times in the sixth and twice in the seventh to tie the score at 11. Incline, which plated a run in the sixth, could not muster a score in the bottom of the seventh, which sent the game to extra innings.

After North Tahoe scratched across a run in the top of the eighth, Incline responded with the tying and go-ahead runs in the bottom of the frame to earn the win.

Incline had 10 hits in the game, led by Owen Graffis’ 4-for-4 performance with a double and three RBIs. Tristan Summers went 2-for-4 with a double and RBI, and Dalton Fry was 2-for-3 with a double. Brian Banuelos also contributed a hit and an RBI, Jacob Leoncio and Fidel Rodriguez each drove in a run, and Zach Poalillo had a hit.

For the Lakers, Koby Mattson had a huge game, going 3-for-5 with a home run, two doubles and five RBIs, while Graham Payne had a home run and three RBIs. Sam Sheridan also went 3-for-4, Joseph Lanza was 2-for-3 with an RBI, Drew Austin was 3-for-5, and Aidan Fenton, Trent Lingruen and Dalton Lamberth each delivered one hit.

Trent Green, Fry and Banuelos all pitched for the Highlanders, and Xander Kriston, Drew Austin and Payne pitched for the Lakers.

Summers threw a complete game in the nightcap and finished with 16 strikeouts while allowing seven runs (five earned) on six hits and three walks. Lingruen pitched all seven for North Tahoe, recording six strikeouts and giving up 10 runs (seven earned) on 10 hits and five walks.

Although North Tahoe got on the board with a run in the first and added three in the third, Incline scored three runs in the second, four in the third and one in the fourth to take an 8-4 lead. The Lakers shaved the lead to one with a three-run fifth, but the Highlanders kept their rival at bay with a two-run sixth.

Fry, Graffis and Summer again powered the Incline offense, with Fry going 3-for-4 with two RBIs, Graffis going 3-for-4 with an RBI, and Summers going 2-for-4. Rodriguez, Poalillo and Alex Barnard each contributed a hit and an RBI.

Lanza led the Lakers at the plate with a 2-for-3 game with a double and four RBIs. Payne, who tripled, and Lingruen drove in one run apiece.

Incline improved to 2-4 in the Northern Division III as North Tahoe dropped to 2-7.