North Tahoe baseball: Lakers win thriller at Silver Stage
The North Tahoe baseball team broke into the win column with a doubleheader split at Silver Stage this past weekend.
The Lakers, who rebounded from a 3-0 loss in the opener to edge the Nighthawks 7-6 in second game, are now 1-3 in Northern 2A league play and 1-4 overall.
North Tahoe head coach Chauncey Battaglia said the Lakers spoiled a quality start by freshman Colin Spencer in Game 1, as Spencer scattered five hits through six innings while striking out 10.
and#8220;Our bats woke up in the second game. The first game Colin Spencer pitched a great game and#8212; a fantastic game and#8212; we just couldnand#8217;t hit their pitcher,and#8221; Battaglia said.
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Joe Hallman and Brian Tidd had the Lakersand#8217; only hits in the opener.
North Tahoe picked up the pace offensively in Game 2, which turned into a thriller in the final inning as sophomore starting pitcher Brendon Arnold held on for the win.
After giving up the lead in the bottom of the sixth, the Lakers came back with a two-out rally in the top of the seventh to regain the lead, then held off the Nighthawks in their final at-bat.
Oakley Keeler contributed a key pinch-hit single in the top of the seventh before Connor Altick reached base by taking a pitch for the team. Spencer then came through with a clutch base hit to give the Lakers the lead.
Battaglia said Tidd made a couple of outstanding plays from his shortstop position, none more crucial than a play in the bottom of the seventh when he cut off a ground ball in front of second base and fired a strike to home plate to gun down the potential tying run.
and#8220;Brian Tidd made some fantastic defensive plays. He saved the game in the bottom of the seventh,and#8221; the coach said.
Arnold pitched all seven innings, allowing six runs while surrendering nine hits and striking out eight.
The Lakers had six hits in the game, led by Hallmanand#8217;s 1-for-2 with two RBI, Spencerand#8217;s 1-for-4 with two RBI and Tiddand#8217;s 1-for-3 with a double and RBI. Arnold also had a hit and an RBI, while Davidson Harley and Keeler added a hit apiece. North Tahoe had five stolen bases in the game.
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