Incline baseball sweeps Battle Mountain, crushes Pershing County
INCLINE VILLAGE, Nev. — Incline baseball won three Northern League games this past week and none went the full seven innings.
The Highlanders swept a doubleheader from Battle Mountain on Friday, March 22, by identical 13-3 scores at Bishop Manogue High School and went back to Reno on Tuesday and crushed Pershing County 14-2 at Hug High School.
All three games went just five innings due to the mercy 10-run rule after five innings. And all were considered home games with the diamond in Incline Village being unplayable.
The Highlanders battled a lot harder than the Longhorns in pounding out 23 hits, including 10 doubles and two triples, in sweeping the classic style afternoon twinbill.
In the opener, Dalton Fry and Jake Harrell each had three hits and three runs batted in and also ripped a pair of doubles.
The Highlanders had 10 hits and seven were doubles.
Garen Cross went 2 for 3 with two runs scored and a double, Jacob Leoncio doubled and scored twice and Jacob Collins doubled and drove in two.
Harrell (2-0) was dominant on the mound in his second consecutive start.
The righty hurled all five innings and allowed one earned run on four hits and a walk while striking out 10.
He has surrendered just one earned run in his first two starts, a span of 12 innings, and has struck out 22.
In Game 2, Incline earned a walk-off victory in the fifth inning, even though the result was decided an inning earlier when the Highlanders scored seven to break open a 4-2 game.
Zach Poalillo tripled twice, doubled, drove in four runs and scored three times to lead the Highlander offense.
Brayden Hock drove in three runs with three singles, Leoncio had three singles, Trent Green singled twice and Hareel and Fry each doubled.
Fry (1-1) toed the rubber and allowed three runs on eight hits and three walks while fanning seven in the complete game victory.
Pershing County didn’t know what hit them Tuesday and the game was over right after it started.
The Highlanders plated five in the first inning, two apiece in the second and third and added five more in the fourth.
Incline had just seven hits but was walked six times and hit by pitches on eight occasions.
Fry tripled, singled and scored twice, Harrell doubled, scored four times and drove in three, Cross had three RBIs and Collins doubled and drove in a pair.
Sophomore Chase MacDonald (1-0) tossed a complete game allowing one earned run on four hits and zero walks while mowing down nine.
The Highlanders (4-1 2A Northern League), will finish the season series against Pershing on Saturday with a doubleheader starting at 10 a.m. in Lovelock, Nev.
Incline gets closer to home early next month when they host White Pine Thursday, April 4, at Governor’s Field in Carson City.
Notes: 2A Northern League standings — Yerington 6-1, Incline 4-1, West Wendover 4-1, White Pine 1-1, Battle Mountain 2-3, Pershing County 2-5, North Tahoe 1-4, Silver Stage 1-5.