North Tahoe baseball | Highlanders avenge loss
The Highlanders didn’t have to wait long to earn their revenge.
Three days after North Tahoe came from behind to defeat the rival Highlanders by the 10-run rule on Wednesday, Incline avenged the loss with a doubleheader sweep, 14-6 and 9-1, at Incline Middle School on Saturday.
and#8220;I think we just weren’t making our pitches, weren’t putting it in the spots we wanted, and they were getting hits,and#8221; said North Tahoe head coach Matt Drury. and#8220;We left fastballs up all day, and they’re a fastball-hitting team. They’re also a team that we knew could be dangerous if we let them get any momentum on us, and that’s what happened.and#8221;
Game 1 remained tight until the end, when the Highlanders used a six-run sixth inning to pull away.
In a pitching matchup between North Tahoe sophomore Wildon DesLauriers and Incline junior Chip Bouchard, both teams came out swinging the bat.
North Tahoe opened the contest with a double off the bat of leadoff man Alex Tyler and an RBI hit by DesLauriers to set the tone early. But Incline answered with a three-run bottom of the first to take a 3-2 lead. The Lakers scored another run in the second to tie the score at 3, and both teams scored two in the third to leave the score knotted at 5.
The Highlanders scored three in the fourth to the Lakers’ one before adding on with the big sixth inning off of North Tahoe reliever Shane Christian.
The Lakers had little trouble making contact, as they finished with 14 hits to Incline’s 15 in the game. But the most crucial hits proved elusive.
and#8220;We hit the ball. We had 14 hits. But we just couldn’t get the runs in when we needed to,and#8221; Drury said. and#8220;They got some double plays, we ran ourselves out of some innings or hit ball at people and#8212; it was just one of those days.and#8221;
Baird Bishop hit a two-run home run, while DesLauriers and Colin Spencer each had two hits and two RBIs and Brendon Arnold had three hits. Bouchard and Tommy Dolan led the Highlanders with a home run and four RBIs apiece. Cam Powell had two hits and two RBIs, and Davis Bedient had three hits and an RBI.
In Game 2, Incline pounced on Arnold with a three-run first and three-run second to take a 6-0 lead. The Highlanders scored another two off of Arnold in the fourth before Spencer came in for the final two innings, giving up one run.
and#8220;It just wasn’t our day on the mound,and#8221; Drury said. and#8220;No matter who we threw out there, we were just leaving the ball up and they were teeing off on us.and#8221;
Dolan started for the Highlanders and held the Lakers to one run in the fifth in a complete-game effort. The big freshman struck out nine and allowed five hits and two walks.
Miles Johanson had the Lakers’ only RBI, while Christian had two hits and Connor Altick, Bishop and DesLauriers finished with a hit apiece. Incline had 11 hits in the game, with Bedient, Powell, Patrick Murray and Dolan each collecting two.
Although the basin rivals split their four games this season, Incline won the three-game Mount Rose League series 2-1.
North Tahoe fell to 13-7 overall and 3-6 in league play while Incline improved to 10-13 overall and 5-7 in league.