The RHS nine won four of five non-league games in last weekend’s season-opening tournament but looked outmatched Tuesday. McQueen did not score in the first two innings but was apparently just getting warmed up. The Lancers offense got on the scoreboard with two runs in the third and then tacked on four in the fourth, five in the fifth and five more in the sixth en route to implementing the 10-run mercy rule.
“Our guys did a good job offensively, especially with two outs,” said McQueen coach Carlos Madrid, a 2001 Reed graduate. “We made adjustments as the game wore on. That was huge for us.”
Reed did grab some early momentum. After turning back McQueen with a scoreless frame in the top of inning one, the Raiders grabbed the early lead by pushing across a run in the bottom of the inning. Reed leadoff hitter Beau Tittensor doubled and came around to score after a Tanner Paris sacrifice bunt and RBI groundout by Chuck Stroberg.
Reed’s 1-0 edge stayed intact until McQueen got its turn in the top of the third. A single, double, two walks and a Raiders error helped the Lancers post a pair of runs and take a 2-1 edge. McQueen never relinquished the lead.
The Lancers really got going in their four-run fourth. Nick Agliolo, Anthony Calton and Kody Reynolds ripped back-to-back-to-back doubles in the key inning.
In McQueen’s five-run fifth, Reynolds and Christian Stolo bashed consecutive homers that helped the northwest Reno school forge ahead 11-1.
Reed (4-2, 0-1 Northern 4A) avoided the 10-run rule for an inning. It was able to put together a three-run rally in its half of the fifth. Jake Means singled and Tittensor blasted a two-run dinger. Two outs later, A.J. Silva doubled and came plateward on a run-scoring single by Joey Dice.
The Lancers were intent on getting a 10-run mercy-rule win. The MHS offense went right back to work in the top of the sixth. McQueen rapped out six hits and scored five more runs, a rally highlighted by an RBI triple off the bat of Stolo.
Reed went down without scoring a run in the bottom of the sixth and McQueen had its lopsided road victory.
“I definitely think McQueen is one of the better teams around,” second-year Reed coach Ray Charles said. “They swung it well. Our pitchers left the ball up and they sat on fastballs. That showed as they got 18 hit.s”
Stolo, who was key at the plate for McQueen (5-1, 1-0), was also solid on the mound. He finished with a six-inning complete-game win. He scattered seven Reed hits in a seven-strikeout, three-walk performance.
“Christian did great,” said Madrid. “He battled and went right after their guys. He can be a slow starter. He settled in and found a groove.”
The two teams conclude their two-game conference series with a single game Thursday at McQueen. First pitch is set for 3:45 p.m.
“It’s back to the drawing board,” Charles said. “We’ll try to get after it on Thursday. I still think we’re capable of playing with them, but they played well today. Hopefully, we’ll get a better result. I honestly just think when we have runners in scoring position, we have to get big hits. We had a couple opportunities with two outs today and didn’t execute. We have to get consistent and our pitchers have to get the ball down or the result will be a lot of hits.”