North Tahoe baseball | Lakers eliminated from Northern 2A regionals
North Tahoe baseball is back on the map.
The fourth-seeded Lakers gave top-seeded defending state champion Yerington a run for its money before ending up on the short end of a 3-1 pitchersand#8217; duel to open the 2A Northern League Baseball Tournament on Friday.
The Lakers went on to lose to second-seeded Pershing County, 13-3, later that day to end what was their most successful season in years.
What a season it was for the North Tahoe program, which as recently as 2007 had to forfeit its league schedule due to a lack of eligible players.
and#8220;Iand#8217;m extremely happy with the progress we made,and#8221; said first-year North Tahoe head coach Matt Drury. and#8220;We set out to create a culture where we expect to win, and I think we did that. We have a lot of kids back next year, and we expect to make some noise and compete for a state title.and#8221;
The Lakers finished the year 19-9 overall and entered the regional tournament on the heels of a best-of-three playoff series sweep against rival Incline. It was their first time hosting a postseason series since 2004, when they were a member of the 3A. Their last playoff appearance was 2008, when they played at Mineral County.
On Friday, junior No. 1 starter Colin Spencer nearly pitched North Tahoe past the No. 1-seeded Lions, who went on to win the regional title.
The right-hander was effective from the start, holding Yerington to just three hits while striking out eight in a complete-game effort. But his counterpart proved just as tough, as Chase Ogolin gave up only two hits and no earned runs while fanning 11 to win the duel.
and#8220;Colin threw the best game heand#8217;s thrown all year,and#8221; Drury said. and#8220;We played really well, but their pitcher kept us off balance. Colin deserved a better fate. We just werenand#8217;t able to get runs for him.and#8221;
Both teams scratched across a run in the first inning before being held scoreless through four. The Lions managed to plate another run in the fifth and one more in the sixth.
Baird Bishop drove in the Lakersand#8217; only run with a single in the first that scored leadoff hitter Alex Tyler, who was hit by a pitch to reach base.
Ogolin helped his cause with two hits and an RBI, while Jarrod Adams had the Lionsand#8217; only other hit against Spencer.
Against Pershing County, North Tahoe committed several errors behind senior starter Brendon Arnold, and the Mustangs capitalized with a four-run first and five-run second to take control.
The Lakers scored a run in the third and two more in the fourth but could not put together the big rally they needed.
Nevertheless, Drury said North Tahoe had more hits than Pershing County in the game.
and#8220;We out-hit them and got 10-run-ruled. Thatand#8217;s not something that happens very often,and#8221; he said.
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