With Colin Spencer on the hill, the Lakers feel like they can beat anybody.
Their senior right hander was on his game Saturday as he earned his sixth win of the season, 3-2, over visiting South Tahoe in Game 1 of their Mount Rose League doubleheader. The Vikings bounced back to take the second game, 7-5.
“There were two very good pitchers throwing the first game,” South Tahoe coach Starbuck Teevan said. “Jordan Mann pitched another great one for us, but unfortunately, we couldn’t get another run across the board.”
North Tahoe 3, South Tahoe 2
Spencer held the Vikings to a single run in the fifth and seventh innings and six hits total, with nine strikeouts and one walk. He threw only 95 pitches in seven complete innings.
Mann was nearly as good. He allowed a run in the first and then held the Lakers scoreless until the sixth inning, when they snapped a 1-1 tie with a two-run rally. He struck out six and walked three in six innings.
North Tahoe led 1-0 for much of the contest. The Vikings pushed across a run in the fifth to knot the score, but the Lakers answered with their two-run sixth. South Tahoe cut the lead to a run with a run in the top of the seventh, but Spencer closed the door for the win.
Locked in a tie entering the bottom of the sixth, the Lakers’ Wildon DesLauriers walked and Spencer followed with a single. After both runners advanced a base, Baird Bishop drove in DesLauriers with a sacrifice fly, and Alex Tyler knocked in Spencer with an RBI single.
“Defensively we played very well behind Jordan, making all the plays when it counted,” Teevan said. “A couple of baserunning mistakes cost us in the end, as well as, not making necessary adjustments at the plate. When you’re facing a guy who throws hard, you need to make adjustments — shortening your swing, going the other way, eliminating excess movement to create a quicker approach.”
Dominic Diana had two hits to lead the South Tahoe offense, while Christian Coats, Mann and River Quinn each had one. Neither team committed an error.
With the win Spencer improved to 6-2 on the season, with 92 strikeouts in 50.2 innings and an ERA of 2.35.
South Tahoe 7, North Tahoe 5
The Vikings came out with a much better approach at the plate, and in the dugout during Game 2.
“As a team we had a good amount of energy and committed to winning Game 2,” Teevan said.
Tyler Sharp picked up the win in 6 1/3 innings for South Tahoe. He held the Lakers scoreless through six innings before the hosts broke through with five runs, all charged to Sharp, who had seven strikeouts while allowing three hits and six walks. Diana and Higgins recorded an out apiece to secure the win with the tying run at second base.
The Vikings managed nine hits, with Sharp helping his cause with a 2-for-4 game with a home run and three RBIs. Sergio Burgueno contributed a hit and two RBIs, while Higgins and Liam Loftis had two hits apiece, Quinn had a single, and Diana a triple.
DesLauriers started Game 2 for North Tahoe but was forced to leave in the second inning after taking a comebacker off his ankle. Christian came in and pitched the rest of the contest, giving up four runs (three earned) in five innings on six hits. He struck out three and walked three.
North Tahoe’s Tyler finished 2-for-3 with a double, triple and three RBIs. He cleared the bases with a three-run triple in the sixth. Bishop had a hit and RBI and Alex Bourriague had an RBI.
“Giving credit to North Tahoe they did not quit down to 7-0 in the last inning,” Teevan said.
North Tahoe is now 13-9 overall. South Tahoe is 13-12-1.
UP NEXT: South Tahoe lost 3-1 to Truckee at the Aces Ballpark on Tuesday and will now face Fallon in the first round of playoffs on Friday in a doubleheader. For a complete Aces game recap check online or in Friday’s print edition.