It snowed in Ely the night before the games last weekend with North Tahoe. Both baseball coach Quinn Ewell and softball coach Mike Romero said they had to have all the Bobcat players “out there with shovels and snow plows” and clearing their fields on Friday.
But the games were played, albeit on somewhat softer grounds conditions.North Tahoe, the 2A Northern leader, swept the triple-header from the Bobcat baseball team by scores of 16-0, 18-3 and 14-0.
Ewell said it was much like last year for us. “We might be able to stay close to a team, compete and compete, and once we start to get late into the game, we start to give up the hits or commit errors, they have the big inning and we lose it from there. When we needed a play to be made on a hard hit ball we just weren’t making them.”On Friday, the boys watched the game slip away and couldn’t recover in a no-hit shutout loss to the Lakers.
The visitors only had a 5-0 lead after three innings, but erupted for 11 runs in the fourth inning.
Jayden Brewer started for the Bobcats. He stayed in for three innings giving up five runs on four hits, striking out three and walking three.
He was relieved by Coy Hecker and Shamryn Brewster whom the Lakers hit pretty hard, 11 runs on seven hits.
Saturday’s first game of the double-header was more of the same problem for the Bobcats, Ewell said. They stayed right with the Lakers through three innings, tied at three, but gave up four runs in the fourth inning and 11 in the fifth.
Rulon Craw toed the rubber for White Pine in this game. But he gave up 12 runs on nine hits in his four innings of work. Zac Chamberlain came on in relief. He surrounded four hits and five runs. Jaxon Pokorny, Joseph Lanza, Aiden Fenton and Koby Mattson all drove in runs for North Tahoe (8-0). White Pine’s runs came in the fifth inning when Caleb Britton scored from third base on a passed ball and in the third inning on two-run error by the second baseman.
“We got our bats going a little bit that game,” Ewell said.
The afternoon game on Saturday saw North Tahoe blank the Bobcats again 14-0.
They scored early with five runs in the first inning via an error, a double by Danny Sandoval, and two run scoring singles from Xander Kriston and Sam Sheridan.
Again they had a big inning, putting across seven runs in the fourth inning.
Mattson was pitching for North Tahoe. He allowed only one hit, struck out eight and walked none.
Britton got the start for White Pine. He recorded one strike out. Shea Simon threw two innings of relief.
Hecker got the only hit for White Pine, a double in the fourth inning.
Ewell expects White Pine will improve as the season progresses. “We’ve got the talent, we’re loaded up with a lot of sophomores and freshman. We’ve just got to get away from the mental mistakes that cost us giving up the big innings in the late stages.”
This week, the Bobcats (3-4) are on the road to Silver Stage for a three-game set.