The suspension call came after the fourth inning but not before McQueen piled up 14 runs on the Raiders. Now, the Blue and Gold sluggers will have to face the Lancers, down 14-0, when the suspended game picks up on Thursday. That will come before the regularly scheduled second game of the series between the Northern 4A foes, set for 3:45 p.m.
Reed’s starting pitcher for the day, Tanner Parris, was hit hard in each of the two innings he pitched. The second inning was particularly rough when the hosts burned him for eight runs in the inning.
A couple of singles by Lancers hitters Robbie Higley and Anthony Calton, and an error that brought in Christian Stolo, raised the score to 6-0.
Two walks later, Paris had loaded the bases for McQueen slugger Alex Bentley. Bentley bombed the next ball over the center-field fence for a grand slam. The score climbed to 10-0 and this all happened with only one out.
Reed’s Alex Young replaced Parris in the third inning but he didn’t fare much better. By the time the game was called, after the fourth inning, the host Lancers had tacked on four more runs.
Despite the ugly performance, coach Ray Charles wants to see his kids play out the remainder of the game on Thursday.
“If they do let us finish, we’ll finish, “Charles said. “Our mentality is to never give up and I want my guys to keep fighting until the end.”