North Tahoe Lakers fall against league’s best baseball team
2B_A. Felton, J. Lanza, D. Sandoval, S. Sheridan, G. Payne. 3B_G. Payne. RBI_K. Mattson, G. Payne, J. Pokorny. D. Sandoval, S. Sheridan.
The North Tahoe baseball team ran up against league leading Yerington last week, and wasn’t able to find a way to slow the momentum of the Lions, falling by a combined 21-5 during a pair of games.
The Lakers opened their doubleheader at home against Yerington on Friday, April 13, and struggled in the first game, falling 13-1 in a contest that included six errors.
Junior Sam Sheridan drove in the team’s only run. Junior Joseph Lanza singled and senior Graham Payne hit a double for the Lakers’ only other hits of the game. North Tahoe struck out eight times in the game.
The Lakers would play a better game later that afternoon, but still committed four errors in an 8-4 defeat.
Lanza led off the bottom of the first inning with a double, and was driven in two batters later by Payne’s triple to right field. Payne would score on a ground out by junior Koby Mattson in the next at-bat.
Yerington evened the game in the third inning, and then scored a run in the top of the fourth to take the lead. The Lakers responded with an RBI single by junior Danny Sandoval to knot the game at 3-3.
Yerington retook the lead for good an inning later with a pair of runs. North Tahoe pushed across their final run off a walk in the sixth inning to make it 5-4, but then surrendered a trio of runs in the top of the seventh. The team was retired in order to finish the game.
North Tahoe (11-4, 7-4 Northern League) will travel to Yerington (14-5-1, 10-2 Northern League) on Tuesday, April 17. The team will then host West Wendover for a three-game series beginning on Friday, April 20, at 4 p.m.
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