North Tahoe baseball | Lakers split league doubleheader against Sparks
With the tough part of its Mount Rose League schedule complete, the North Tahoe baseball team can pride itself on splitting two out of three doubleheaders against larger schools in the division.
Most recently, the Lakers split a league series with 3A Sparks in Carson City on Saturday, winning the first game 5-3 and losing the second 8-4. The Lakers also took one game from 3A South Tahoe on March 24 and are now 11-5 overall and 2-4 in league play, with nothing but 2A opponents remaining in the MRL.
and#8220;It’s good to beat some of those larger schools,and#8221; said first-year North Tahoe head coach Matt Drury, whose team still has a three-game series against 2A league foes Incline and Whittell in the final month of the season.
North Tahoe junior Colin Spencer carried the Lakers to victory in the first game Saturday, going 2-for-3 and launching a home run while also recording 12 strikeouts in a complete-game effort.
and#8220;Colin Spencer pitched really well,and#8221; Drury said. and#8220;He played a great game overall.and#8221;
Sparks (10-4 overall, 6-1 league) pushed a single run across the plate in the second, third and fourth innings to take a 3-1 lead into the sixth inning. But the Lakers battled back in the bottom of the sixth off of starter Keiffer Putman, scoring four runs to take over the lead. After a walk to start off the inning, Spencer hit a two-run, inside-the-park homer to knot the score at 3-3.
The Lakers then benefited from an error on a ground ball to shortstop to score the go-ahead run. They added one more insurance run on a base hit before Spencer set the Railroaders down in order in the seventh to preserve the win.
and#8220;They’re a good team,and#8221; Sparks coach Greg Vasko told the Daily Sparks Tribune. and#8220;Their pitcher pitched a really good game, but with the errors that we had and the runs we gave up, you can’t win ball games.and#8221;
Putman threw all seven innings in the loss, striking out nine and not issuing a walk as the Railroaders committed six errors behind him. The Lakers managed eight hits, with freshman Mitchell Myers going 2-for-2, and Connor Altick, Baird Bishop and Shane Christian each contributing a hit apiece.
Spencer gave up only one earned run on six hits and five walks. He threw 121 pitches en route to the well-earned win.
The second game was a seesaw affair, with North Tahoe matching Sparks’ two-run first inning, then matching the Railroaders’ one run in the fourth for a 3-3 tie. The Railroaders broke through with three more in the fifth and two in the sixth as the Lakers chipped away but could not overcome the deficit.
Jared Longland started and went the distance for Sparks, scattering 11 hits and four walks while striking out nine. Wildon DesLauriers and Brendon Arnold threw for the Lakers, combining for seven strikeouts and giving up 13 hits and five walks.
Bishop went 2-for-4 with a double and two RBIs, while Spencer, DesLauriers and Arnold each went 2-for-4 and Altick, Christian and Myers each had one hit. DesLauriers had a double.