North Tahoe baseball: Lakers split league doubleheader against ROP
The Lakers split a high-scoring Northern 2A doubleheader against ROP on Saturday, winning the first game 11-10 and losing the second 13-12 in extra innings.
North Tahoe is now 2-4 in league play and 2-5 overall.
Sophomore Brendon Arnold earned the win in Game 1 after relieving freshman starter Colin Spencer, who struck out 13 in six innings while giving up just three earned runs (10 total).
The game went back and forth as the Rams took a 5-1 lead in the third inning and a 6-4 lead into the fifth before the Lakers, who were the home team, stormed back with a six-run bottom of the fifth for a 10-6 advantage. ROP tied the score with four runs in the top of the seventh, but North Tahoe pushed a run across in the bottom of the seventh for the win.
Arnold, who struck out two and allowed one hit in his one inning of work, led the Lakers at the plate with a 4-for-5 day with a home run and two RBI. The Lakers had nine hits in the game, with Spencer, Davidson Harley, Joe Hallman, Oakley Keeler and Justin Blend each contributing a hit apiece, and Harley, Baird Bishop, Keeler and Blend each picking up an RBI. Blend hit a triple, while Conner Lewis had three stolen bases and Hallman and Arnold two stolen bases apiece.
Game 2 was even wilder than the opener, as the Rams scored two runs in the top of the ninth to break an 11-11 tie, then held on as North Tahoe came up one-run short in the bottom half of the inning.
Arnold started and picked up the no-decision. He went six innings, giving up just three earned runs (11 total) on six hits and four walks while striking out 13. Hallman pitched three innings of relief, striking out five while giving up two runs (one earned) on two hits and a hit batter.
The Lakers smacked the ball all over the field as they amassed 17 hits in the game.
Spencer went 3 for 4 with an RBI and Lewis was 3 for 6 with an RBI, while Harley went 2 for 5 with an RBI, Bishop was 2 for 4, Arnold 2 for 5 with an RBI, Keeler 2 for 4 with an RBI and Blend 2 for 4 with an RBI. Hallman also had a hit. Arnold and Bishop each had a double, while Spencer stole three bases and Keeler two.
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