North Tahoe baseball | Lakers take 2 of 3 from Nighthawks
Final Northern Division III standings
Team League Overall
x-1. Battle Mountain 15-3 21-6
x-2. Yerington 15-3 18-8
x-3. Incline 13-5 16-6
x-4. Pershing County 11-7 15-14
5. North Tahoe 5-13 6-15-2
6. West Wendover 3-15 4-18
7. Silver Stage 1-17 3-18
The North Tahoe baseball team ended its league campaign on a high note, taking two of three from visiting Silver Stage last Wednesday and Thursday.
The Lakers opened the series with a 7-1 win Wednesday and split their doubleheader on Thursday, dropping the first contest 12-8 and winning the second 8-2.
Both teams got on the board early with a first-inning run Wednesday. The game remained tied until North Tahoe broke through with three runs in the fifth inning, two more in the sixth and one in the seventh.
Senior Mitchell Myers started on the mound and scattered eight hits over seven innings while striking out seven.
The Lakers had 16 hits. Victor Munoz, Graham Payne, Miles Johansen and Myers drove in a run apiece, while Myers and Johansen each finished with three hits. Trent Lingruen, Payne and Rodrigo Mendoza had two hits, and Lucas Earley, Drew Austin, Lupe Leon and Munoz each had one.
North Tahoe had only nine players for Thursday’s doubleheader, while Lingruen had to play with an injured ankle.
The first game went back and forth before Silver Stage took over the lead for good in the late innings. The Lakers again banged out 16 hits, led by Myers’ 4-for-4 performance. Austin was 3-for-4, Leon was 2-for-3 with a clutch RBI triple, and Johansen and Mendoza had two hits apiece. Owen Davis also had a hit.
The Lakers took the final game of the series behind a strong complete-game effort by Johansen, who recorded five strikeouts en route to the victory.
North Tahoe’s offense produced 20 hits, with Myers and Johansen each going 3-for-4 and Davis going 3-for-5. Munoz, Austin, Payne, Lingruen and Mendoza each had two hits, and Leon had one.
The series win adjusted the Lakers’ final record to 5-13 in Northern Division III play; Silver Stage finished at 1-17.
Battle Mountain earned the top regional playoff seed, at 15-3, while Yerington (15-3) earned the No. 2 seed, Incline (13-5) the third seed and Pershing County (11-7) the fourth seed.