Incline baseball well rested, ready for 2A regionals
INCLINE VILLAGE, Nev. — When the Highlanders run onto the baseball diamond Friday afternoon, it will be the first time they have played in over two weeks.
Incline wrapped up the No. 2 seed in the Nevada Interscholastic Activities Association Class 2A Northern League Championship tournament April 23 with a victory over North Tahoe and have spent the last 16 days resting and getting healthy.
“We’re rested and trying to regain our focus,” said Highlanders coach Billy Knight. “We’re still dealing with a couple of major dings to players that could hurt us in the tournament. But if we don’t self destruct with walks and errors we will be fine. I’m excited and happy for this team — they have worked to hard to be denied.”
Incline (16-4) will play No. 3 seed West Wendover (13-8) at 12:30 p.m. at Yerington High School, about two hours away from Lake Tahoe’s North Shore.
In the other side of the double-elimination bracket, No. 1 Yerington (20-1) will play Battle Mountain (11-10) at 10 a.m.
Should Incline win, it would play the winner at 5:30 p.m. Should the Highlanders lose, they would play the opening game loser at 3 p.m.
The Highlanders won two out of three games this season, April 19-20, against West Wendover.
They took the first game 11-5, grabbed the second the next morning 20-10 but lost Game 2 of the doubleheader 12-5.
One of the four teams is not going to return for Saturday’s championship round and Incline has no plans of coming home early.
If the Highlanders can win the playoff opener they’ll punch their ticket to Saturday where a champion will be crowned.
The two teams that reach the title game each qualify for the NIAA State Championship tournament May 16-18 at The Meadows School in Las Vegas.
Ticket prices for this weekend are: adults $10, students $5, seniors 62-and-over $3 and children 8 and under get in free.