The Galena High baseball team kept pace with Spanish Springs in the race for first in the High Desert League by sweeping a doubleheader against Reed on Saturday. Galena won both games 10-7.
Galena and Spanish Springs are both 15-3 in league. The Grizzlies pounded out 33 hits in the doubleheader, 14 in the opener and 19 in the nightcap.
Freshman Ryan Locke pitched five shutout innings in relief in the opener to pick up the win. Locke allowed two hits and didn't walk a batter.
Galena jumped out to a 3-0 lead after one inning and to a 6-1 lead in the top of the second. In the first, Tony Thompson hit a two-run double and Eric Maupin had an RBI single. In the second, Andrew Ferguson had a two-run double and Tony Thompson hit a sacrifice fly.
Reed scored five runs in the bottom of the second and one run in the third to take a 7-6 lead. Galena tied the game in the sixth on J.D. Peters' double. In the seventh, Thompson hit a home run to give Galena an 8-7 lead and Phil Diaz followed with a two-run double.
"It was a huge home run," Galena coach Gary McNamara said. "That was a big win for us."
Just Norvick had two hits, Peters went 3-for-3, Ferguson was 2-for-3, Thompson was 2-for-4 with four RBI and Basim Azzam, Shane Kochenmeister and Jordan Arnold all added a hit.
In the nightcap, Galena scored five runs in the fourth to take a 7-5 lead. After Reed tied the score in the bottom of the fourth, Galena scored once in the fifth and twice in the seventh.
In the fourth, Ferguson hit a two-run double and Thompson had a solo homer during the rally. Thompson had a huge day as he was 4-for-4 and he also went the distance on the mound for the win. Arnold went 4-for-4 and his solo homer in the second tied the score 2-2.
Ferguson was 2-for-4 with two RBI and a double, Maupin had a hit and an RBI, Diaz had a hit and two RBI, Kochenmeister went 3-for-4 and Azzam and Peters each added a hit.
Travis Wood pitched a no-hitter in the opener as Dayton swept Incline to stay alive in the Northern 3A playoff race. Going into Saturday's games, Lowry, Spring Creek and Truckee were in teh drivers seat for the top three spots with North Tahoe, Yerington, Fernley and Dayton all battling for the fourth and final playoff spot.
North Tahoe was 7-5 heading into a doubleheader on Saturday with Spring Creek, which was 8-4. Fernley is 9-7, Yerington is 8-6 and Dayton is 7-7. The Dust Devils need to sweep Yerington next week to have a shot at a playoff berth.
Against Incline, Dayton won the opener 10-0 and the nightcap 18-1. Both games were called after five innings due to the mercy rule.
Wood strruck out nine and walked none. He also hit a three-run homer in the nightcap. In the opener, Tom O'Brien and Matt Hornback both had two hits, a double and an RBI.
In the nightcap, Cory Yoder pitched a three-hitter, striking out nine. Joe Delaski went 3-for-4 with three RBI, O'Brien was 2-for-2 with two doubles and two RBI, Hornback wsa 2-for-4 with two RBI and Jayce Dillie had two hits and a double.