Longhorns drop three to Lakers

Mother Nature left the Battle Mountain and North Tahoe high school baseball teams in a struggle to find a place to play their three-game Northern 2A series.

The games were scheduled to take place in Tahoe City, Calif., but recent snow storms did not allow that to happen.

The series still took place but in two different locations. The opening game on Friday was played at Golden Eagle Regional Park in Sparks, with North Tahoe winning 11-1. The two squads moved to Pershing County High School in Lovelock on Saturday and the Lakers swept a doubleheader 13-3 and 16-1. The Longhorns dropped to 9-0 overall and 5-6 in the Northern 2A.

North Tahoe 11, BMHS 1

In the series opener on Friday, North Tahoe used a six-run second inning to build an 8-0 lead. Battle plated its lone run of the contest in the third inning, when Pablo Piedra scored.

The Lakers added three more runs in the fifth and held the Longhorns scoreless in the fifth to win by the 10-run rule in five innings.

Piedra, Jr. Vasquez and Jake Perrone each had hits. Vasquez suffered the loss on the mound, allowing 11 runs (nine earned) on seven hits. He walked five and struck out three.

North Tahoe 13, BMHS 3

The series moved to Lovelock on Saturday and North Tahoe earned an early lead once again with three runs in the first inning and two more in the second to lead 5-0.

Battle Mountain slowly trimmed the deficit down to 5-3, with two runs in the third and a single run in the fourth inning. North Tahoe ended the contest with eight runs in the fifth inning.

Anthony Del Rio had both of the Longhorns’ hits and the senior drove in two runs. Marcos Jimenez also had an RBI. Jimenez took the loss on the mound, giving up 13 runs (eight earned) on 11 hits. He struck out six and walked three.

North Tahoe 16, BMHS 1

In the series finale, North Tahoe scored 14 runs in the third inning to end the game early on the 15-run rule.

Battle Mountain is off this week and returns to the field on Tuesday, April 26, in Lovelock to play Pershing County at 4 p.m. 

The two teams play a doubleheader in Battle Mountain on Saturday, April 30, at 11 a.m.