North Tahoe baseball | Lakers complete season sweep against Warriors
The North Tahoe baseball team won both ends of a Mount Rose League doubleheader at Whittell on Saturday, 10-8 and 9-6.
The Lakers then wound up on the losing end of a 1-0 pitchers’ duel against Yerington at Aces Ballpark in Reno on Monday.
In Game 1 on Saturday, the Lakers (11-8) exploded for seven runs in the third inning to take control. The Warriors (1-16) battled back, however, scoring a run in the bottom of the third, four in the fifth and two in the sixth to send the game into extra innings tied at 7.
North Tahoe plated three runs in the top of the eighth, and Whittell could only answer with one in the bottom half.
Wildon DesLauriers earned the win in three innings of relief, as he allowed three runs on five hits while striking out five. Alex Tyler started and went five innings, giving up four hits and five runs, although none were earned. He struck out nine.
North Tahoe managed 10 hits, with DesLauriers going 3-for-5 with three doubles and two RBIs, and Colin Spencer and Miles Johansen contributing two hits apiece. Alex Bourriague, Mitchell Myers and Omar Vargas each had one hit, while Spencer had two RBIs, and Johansen, Bourriague, Myers and Vargas each had one.
The Warriors committed nine errors in the game and the Lakers had three.
Spencer started and earned the win in Game 2. He gave up seven hits and six runs (three earned) while issuing only one walk and striking out 19 in a complete game. He now has 82 strikeouts in 42 innings, to go along with a 5-2 record and 2.50 ERA.
Both teams scored two runs in the first inning. North Tahoe added four more in the fourth, two in the fifth and one in the sixth to keep the Warriors at bay. Whittell, which committed another six errors in the game, pushed across a run in the fourth and fifth and two more in the sixth. North Tahoe had three errors.
The Lakers had 10 hits in the game as nearly every player contributed.
Spencer led the way, as he went 2-for-4 with a double, home run and three RBIs. Vargas, DesLauriers, Tyler, Myers, Tyler Olk, Johansen, Bourriague and Patrick McElravey each had one hit. McElravey, Johansen and Myers produced an RBI apiece.
The doubleheader concluded the three-game season series between the Lakers and Warriors. The Lakers swept all three.
At Aces Ballpark on Monday — home of the Triple-A Reno Aces — North Tahoe junior Shane Christian threw a fine game in his first start of the season, allowing only one run in five-plus innings before Spencer closed it out in relief.
But the Lions made their one run from the third inning stand as their top two pitchers, Chase Ogolin and Corbin Cliften, combined for a five-hit shutout. Ogolin had nine strikeouts in five innings, while Cliften drove in the Lions’ only run.
Spencer led North Tahoe offensively with two hits. DesLauriers, Johansen and Lucas Early each had one hit.
North Tahoe head coach Matt Drury said the Lakers “were pumped” to play at Aces Ballpark, where they were supported by a large and vocal student section.
The Lakers are scheduled to play at Pershing County on Wednesday before hosting a Mount Rose League doubleheader against South Tahoe on Saturday at 11 a.m. and 1 p.m.
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