North Tahoe baseball | Spencer delivers game-winning hit as Lakers improve to 5-0 |

North Tahoe baseball | Spencer delivers game-winning hit as Lakers improve to 5-0

Sylas Wright / Sun File Photo North Tahoe junior Colin Spencer, shown in a game last season, came through with the game-winning single to lift the Lakers to a 4-3 win against Portola on Monday. The Lakers are off to a 5-0 start.

The North Tahoe baseball team carried the momentum from its season-opening tournament into a 4-3 win in thrilling fashion against Portola on Monday to improve to 5-0.

Junior Colin Spencer came through with the game-winning hit in the bottom of the seventh to lift the Lakers to their fifth straight victory to begin the season.

He drove in sophomore Alex Tyler after Tyler reached base on an 11-pitch walk and advanced to second when Wildon DesLauriers drew a four-pitch walk.

and#8220;Iand#8217;m really happy with them. Theyand#8217;re working hard,and#8221; first-year head coach Matt Drury said of his team. and#8220;Weand#8217;re 5-0. You canand#8217;t get any better than that.

and#8220;Iand#8217;m asking a lot of them, and theyand#8217;re responding. But we still have a long way to go.and#8221;

Spencer went 3-for-4 against Portola with a triple and two RBIs to lead North Tahoe in the seesaw battle. The Lakers took an early 1-0 lead in the bottom of the first as the Tigers pulled ahead with two runs in the second and the Lakers knotted the score with a run in the third. Both teams added a run in the fourth before Spencer finally snapped the tie with his clutch RBI in the seventh.

Senior Brendon Arnold started on the mound and allowed two earned runs in four innings while striking out seven and walking three. Wildon DesLauriers pitched a scoreless fifth inning in relief and Spencer held Portola off the scoreboard the final two innings to earn the win, recording three strikeouts in the process.

Tyler, Mitchell Myers and Arnold had one hit apiece for the Lakers.

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