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North Tahoe baseball: Lakers nearly pull off come-from-behind win

Sun Staff reports

YERINGTON, Nev. ” North Tahoe senior Chris Cahill struck out 12 batters in 7 1/3 innings as the Lakers came up one run short of a win at Rite of Passage (ROP) this past Saturday.

ROP (3-11), also called Silver State Academy, scored the go-ahead run on a suicide squeeze play in extra innings to win 6-5 on the final weekend of league play.

The Lakers (0-13) nearly pulled off a come-from-behind win, scoring three runs in the top of the seventh inning to tie the score at 5-5.

Cahill also led North Tahoe with the bat, going 3 for 5 with a double, RBI and two runs scored. Stefan Glander went 2 for 4 with two RBIs, while Briad Tidd was 2 for 5 with a run and Zach Tomlinson 2 for 4 with a double and run.

Tomlinson finished the season leading the league in batting average (.568), slugging percentage (.795) and on-base percentage (.620).

Game 2 of the scheduled doubleheader ended on a frightening note in the first inning when an ROP player was airlifted to a hospital with a severe concussion.

With North Tahoe leading 9-0 in the bottom half of the first, Tomlinson, the Lakers’ starter, loaded the bases with two outs. Freshman Anthony Ortiz was on third after being hit by a pitch to lead off. On a passed ball, Ortiz bolted for home as Lakers catcher Parker Laughlin hurried to retrieve it and apply the tag.

Laughlin and a hard-charging Ortiz collided at the plate, said North Tahoe head coach Chauncey Battaglia. Laughlin’s tag caught the chin of Ortiz while flipping his helmet off his head. Without his helmet, Ortiz’s head hit the hardpan dirt as he was knocked unconscious.

After being out for about three minutes, Ortiz’s body began convulsing with a seizure, Battaglia said. Because Ortiz was not responding, he was airlifted by helicopter to a hospital after about 45 minutes on the field.

At that point the coaches called off the game.

Battaglia said both the ROP coach and the umpire approached Laughlin after the incident to tell him the play was clean, and the injury was a freak accident.

“I’m just glad everything turned out all right. It was one of those plays you don’t see very often,” Battaglia said, adding that had Ortiz’s helmet not come off, he probably would not have been knocked unconscious.

Hitting: Chris Cahill 3-5, 2B, 2 R, RBI; Stefan Glander 2-4, 2 RBI; Joseph Hallman 1-4; Davidson Harley 1-4, R; Brian Tidd 2-5, R; Zach Tomlinson 2-4, 2B, R.

Pitching: Chris Cahill 7.1 IP, 5 H, 12 K, 4 W, 6 R, 5 ER.


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