Spanish Springs coach Ben Hofmann said his team wasn’t going to run the table. He was right.
Three days after saying it was too difficult to go unbeaten in the DI North, his Cougs dropped their first league contest, 15-4, at home to McQueen.
The Cougars dropped to 14-4, 9-1 with the lopsided defeat on Tuesday afternoon. The Lancers improved to 5-12-1, 3-7.
Spanish Springs, which overcame a 9-3 deficit after five innings at McQueen on Saturday, found itself in a similar 9-2 hole following four and a half innings. There was no rally in order this time around.
The hosts did score twice in the bottom of the fifth on a two-run Marlin Brucato single to get within 9-4, but were outscored 6-0 the rest of the way.
McQueen finished with 17 hits, four of which went over the fence. Three of the round trippers came in a four-batter sequence in the top of the fifth.
The Lancers took a 5-2 edge into home run derby of an inning before Brendan Yawn hit a two-run shot and Drew Clark immediately followed with a solo shot. Two batters later, Nathan Knowles ripped a solo dinger of his own.
The four-run frame extended the Lancers’ lead to 9-2.
Austin Thomas went the distance for McQueen on the bump, allowing four runs (three earned) on four hits. He struck out six and didn’t walk a single batter, earning the win.
Joey Arterburn put the Cougs on the board with a two-run home run in the bottom of the second, leaving the hosts with a 5-2 deficit.
Spanish Springs will attempt to avoid its first losing streak of the season on Friday against Carson (13-6, 7-3) at Greater Nevada Field (formerly Aces Ballpark). First pitch is at 4 p.m.
Raiders dump Haws in five
Reed had no problem at Hug on Tuesday, cruising to a convincing 19-0 win in five innings.
The romp came three days after a similar 19-2 decision at Reed.
The Raiders improved to 14-3, 7-3. The Hawks are still looking for their first DI North win of the season after 10 games.
Despite putting 19 runs on the board, Reed managed just one extra-base hit—a two-run Austin Beard double in the top of the first.
Beard pitched a scoreless first inning then gave way to Levi Sanchez, who allowed two hits in four scoreless innings of relief. He struck out four and did not walk a batter.
The Raiders finished with 11 hits and benefited from 10 walks.
Reed will go to Douglas (5-12, 2-7) on Thursday before wrapping up the series with the Tigers on Saturday at Greater Nevada Field. First pitch is at 4 p.m.