North Tahoe baseball wins first game; softball struggles
Taking the field for the first time this season, the North Tahoe High baseball team scored in every inning en route to a 21-12 win over Whittell at Lampe Park in Gardnerville on Friday.
The Lakers were forced to forfeit their season in the NIAA Northern 3A when they initially had too few players to fill a roster. But with the addition last week of several student athletes who brought up their grades to become academically eligible, the Lakers have formed a team of 13 players and are in the process of putting together an independent schedule.
“The fact that we have a team right now is a testimony to the hard work of the kids,” said North Tahoe coach Mike Phipps, adding that he was pleasantly surprised with how the Lakers hit the ball in their first game of the season. “Our defense has a lot of work to do, but we’re doing it.”
Junior Tyler Phillips started on the mound for the Lakers, lasting 1 2/3 innings and striking out three before Brian Orr came in to pitch the remainder of the game. Orr struck out 12 batters.
At the plate for the Lakers, Taylor Good went 6-for-6 with a triple and double, Phillips was 5-for-5 with a double and Chris Cahill 5-for-6.
North Tahoe High senior Kendra Haskill allowed just four hits and struck out eight Whittell hitters in seven innings of work, but a single in the bottom of the seventh ignited a comeback that ended with the Warriors pulling off a 6-5 come-from-behind win in a non-league game played at Lampe Park in Gardnerville on Friday.
The Laker offense struggled, producing only one run in the first six innings, said head coach Bill Freeman. In the top of the sixth Madi Walther led off with a single and after advancing to second was singled in by Katie Freeman to make the score 3-1 in Whittell’s favor. But in the top of the seventh the Laker bats awoke as Shannon Gilmore, Angela Jimenez, Hilary Stoner and Madi Walther all singled to produce four runs and give North Tahoe a 5-3 lead.
Whittell would not go quietly, however, as the Warriors produced three runs for the win on a single, a hit batter and a couple of untimely errors.
“Not pretty,” said a slightly depressed and frustrated head coach Bill Freeman. “I’d rather lose 10 games to a team from a huge school like Fernley than lose a game like this that we could’ve and should’ve won. The only bright spot is that we’ll see them again on April 30, hopefully here at home.”
The Lakers beat Whittell 12-4 in the Yerington Tournament two weeks prior.
The Lakers dropped both games of a league doubleheader, 11-1 and 12-2, at Dayton on Saturday.
North Tahoe senior pitcher Katie Freeman threw well in Game 1, Freeman said, but the Dust Devils came out ready to hit the ball after losing a pair to 3A opponent Lowry the previous weekend.
“They came out swinging, no doubt about it,” Lakers coach Bill Freeman said.
The Laker offense was sluggish and only managed three hits, two singles by senior Madi Walther and a single by sophomore Shea Mesa.
In Game 2 the Lakers fared a little better at first and were actually tied 2-2 with Dayton going into the bottom of the fourth inning. But the Dust Devils scored three runs in the bottom of the fourth and eight more in the fifth to end the game on the 10-run rule.
Freeman said senior pitcher Kendra Haskill threw well, but Dayton’s bats could not be silenced as they collected a total of 11 hits.
“Dayton is one of the strongest teams in the league, but we did play with them for four innings,” Freeman said.
The Lakers softball team has a non-league doubleheader against Portola on Saturday. Games start at 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. and will be played at Carson City’s Centennial Park.
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