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Lancers beat up on Raiders in HDL baseball opener
by Kayla Dubchansky
Mar 18, 2010 | 578 views | 0 0 comments | 7 7 recommendations | email to a friend | print
RENO - The first league game was not much of an improvement for the Reed Raiders after a winless preseason. The Raiders fell to McQueen 14-0 in the league opener for both squads.

McQueen took advantage of the struggling Raiders early, posting an eight-run first inning. Reed coach Nick Royle felt his team lacked in the defensive department and did not blame his pitching staff for the rough early inning.

"With Garrett (Corbett), he did a great job," Royle said. "He only gave up one extra base hit. Really can't do anything when we don't play defense, it's tough to evaluate a pitcher. If you're going to go off how well he threw, he only gave up a triple and that was it."

The Raiders made three errors on the afternoon but gave up extra hits to a McQueen squad.

"Defense," Royle said. "We can't field a ground ball, can't catch a fly ball. Our pitcher went out there, gave up one extra base hit, walked a couple guys here and there. But that's not the problem. We can't field ground balls. We can't field routine fly balls. In the bottom of the first we give up eight runs and put ourselves in a hole that is tough to get out of."

Reed gave up two runs in the second, three runs in the third and one run in the fourth to the Lancers.

"Granted everyone has heard that we're young, and we are, we've got sophomores that are out there," Royle said. "McQueen's a young team too and they're a good team. We're going to get better as the year goes on. We're going to struggle but we just need to make the routine plays which is ground balls and fly balls."

On the offensive end, Reed wasn't much better, only coming up with a lone hit on a long single in the top of the fourth by Anthony Silva with two outs. After that, Roberto Velazquez popped out to left field.

"We only had one hit. It wasn't very good offense today," Royle said. "You've got to tip your hat to their pitcher, he did a good job. We've seen him two weeks in a row. I think the second time, today I think he did a lot better. He kept us off balance with some of the pitches. I don't think he threw his off speed pitch in the zone and we kept chasing it. That's what do you do as a pitcher."

Corbett pitched the first three innings for the Raiders. Jake Means closed out the game with the fourth inning.

Will Frazier pitched all five innings for the Lancers.

With the opening series Reed will host McQueen in a doubleheader Saturday looking for its first win.

McQueen who only batted four innings since they were the home team, had its 14 runs on 11 hits and posted two hours in the league matchup.

"We're going to worry about tomorrow which is practice," Royle said. "When Saturday comes we need at least one. We can't get swept. We need to get at least one game. You're looking to win two games on Saturday but as it stands right now we need one game."

The first game of the doubleheader will begin at 11 a.m.
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