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Yankees swept in season finale

by Chuck Smock, sports editor

The Nevada Yankees ended their amateur baseball season with three losses to the San Francisco Angels over the weekend at Lampe Park.

Dennis Young’s squad finished the season with a 12-22 record, but the Yankees’ skipper said the summer campaign was still a successful one.

“With the schedule we play, it (the final record) doesn’t surprise me much,” Young said. “Our main goal for the summer is to keep these local kids playing during the summer and to get them ready to play college baseball. The win-loss record isn’t as important as the fact that the kids get something out of it.

“It was a fun season. This was a great group of kids.”

The Yankees opened the season-ending series with an 18-5 loss to the Angels on Saturday.

“It was the same old story it’s been all year,” Young said. “We walked 13 batters and made four errors (in the first game). And you’re not going to win many games when you do that against a good team.”

Randy Weare led the Yankees offensively in the first game. He was 3-for-4 with 2 runs scored.

Shane Cauley and Chris Barna each was 2-for-3. Cauley scored one run and Barna collected one RBI.

Mick Lancaster and Ollie Herald had one hit apiece.

In the first game Sunday, starting pitcher Bryan Estes turned in another good effort, but didn’t get much support in an 11-5 loss.

“Poor Bryan, he pitches with the worst luck I’ve ever seen,” Young said. “If we could ever catch the ball behind him, he’d win a few games.”

Ronnie Weare was 2-for-3 and scored one run by stealing home.

Randy Weare and Matt Carter both were 1-for-3.

The Yankees’ season finished with a 7-1 loss to the Angles in the second game of a doubleheader Sunday afternoon.

Barna, Cauley and Herald were the only Yankees who had a hit in the last game.

Young, who was managing the Yankees for the second summer, said he’s convinced the program can become a lot stronger with a few improvements in some key areas.

“Our biggest thing is we need a couple of guys who can pound the ball and we still need five or six more pitchers to compete with these teams,” Young said. “And I’d love to see the community get involved and support these kids. I think it’s a good thing for the kids and the only way to get better is to get everybody helping.”

Young also wanted to take one last chance to thank his club’s major sponsors, including Mark Smith of Les Schwab Tires in Gardnerville; the Carson Station; MBI Metcalfe Building, Inc.; and Red’s Old 395 Grill.