North Tahoe baseball: Young Lakers off to successful start |

North Tahoe baseball: Young Lakers off to successful start

The young North Tahoe baseball team, which is off to a 4-1 start, includes one senior, one junior, three sophomores and 11 freshmen.
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The North Tahoe baseball team is young but shows promise after a 4-1 start in nonleague play.

The Lakers — whose roster includes just one senior and one junior, three sophomores and 11 freshman — went 3-1 in the Yerington Tournament and will begin Northern Division III play with a three-game series against Pershing County this Wednesday and Saturday.

North Tahoe opened the season with an 11-8 win over Whittell. Junior returner Trent Lingruen was named Player of the Game after starting on the mound and earning the win, and helping his cause with three hits and two RBIs.

In a 13-0 win over Smith Valley to open the Yerington Tournament, Lingruen again pitched his team to victory while freshman Joseph Lanza was awarded Player of the Game with two doubles, three RBIs and two stolen bases.

The Lakers’ one loss came against Division I-A Spring Creek’s JV team, 13-7. Freshman Thomas Mercogliano, who smacked a two-out, bases-clearing double, was awarded Player of the Game.

North Tahoe followed the next day with a 26-5 rout against Tonopah. Another freshman, Koby Mattson, was named Player of the Game as the winning pitcher. He also had three hits, including a double and stand-up triple, and two RBIs.

The Lakers defeated Lone Pine 9-3 in the final game of the tournament the same day. Sophomore Graham Payne pitched a complete game with nine strikeouts and hit a home run to earn Player of the Game.

Due to snow on their home field at North Tahoe Regional Park, the Lakers will host Pershing County in Carson City on Wednesday. The league series concludes with a doubleheader at Pershing County on Saturday.

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