Reed entered Saturday’s home doubleheader against McQueen just one game back of second place.
Now the Raiders (16-7, 9-7) find themselves in seventh place in a bunched up DI North. They mustered just two runs all day and were swept by the Lancers (9-13-1, 7-8), who are surging at the right time of the year.
Joel Seth and Nathan Knowles both threw complete game victories for McQueen, allowing a combined two runs on 13 hits. Reed stranded a total 14 runners in the pair of losses.
The Raiders, who have a back-loaded schedule, host Bishop Manogue (10-13, 10-6) on Tuesday then play the Miners in south Reno on Thursday.
A doubleheader at Reno (21-5, 12-4) next Saturday precedes a season-ending two-game series with Spanish Springs (15-9, 10-6).
McQueen 9, Reed 2
The Lancers scored eight of their nine runs in the first three innings and rolled to a seven-run victory in Saturday’s second game.
Reed’s only runs in the game, and of the afternoon as a whole, came on a Jake VanTress two-run home run in the bottom of the second.
Of McQueen’s nine runs, only three were earned. The Raiders committed four errors.
McQueen 4, Reed 0
Three consecutive base hits and an error led to a three-run top of the fourth for the Lancers in Saturday’s first game.
The 3-0 cushion was plenty for Seth, who scattered seven hits in a complete game shutout. He struck out two and walked one.
Austin Beard absorbed the loss despite a strong start on the bump. He allowed four runs (two earned) on seven hits over six innings. He did not walk a single batter while striking out six.
Reed stranded nine runners on base in the win.
Spanish Springs drops fourth and fifth straight
At the starts of the season, it was clear the Cougars’ schedule was back loaded. And they’re paying for it.
Once 9-0 in league play, Spanish Springs has dropped five straight and six of its last seven. The Cougars (15-9, 10-6) now find themselves in fifth place in the DI North after getting swept at home by Damonte Ranch (13-11, 11-5) on Saturday.
And the schedule doesn’t get any easier next week.
Spanish Springs goes to second-place Reno (21-5, 12-4) on Tuesday then hosts the Huskies on Thursday.
A doubleheader at Wooster next Saturday leads into the season-ending series with Reed.
Damonte Ranch 6, Spanish Springs 5
Jacob Applebach and Jordan Bridgman both went yard as part of a four-run top of the first and the Mustangs never trailed in Saturday’s finale.
The Cougs managed to score twice in the bottom of the fourth without a hit to get within 4-3 only for the Mustangs to add two more runs in the top of the fifth with a Tyler Oscarson two-run shot.
Josh Prizina hit a two-run shot of his own in the bottom of the sixth to again cut the gap to a run.
In the bottom of the seventh, the Cougs had the tying run at third with no outs. The rally ended when the bottom of the lineup went strikeout, lineout, strikeout.
Damonte Ranch 15, Spanish Springs 5
The Mustangs held a 2-1 lead after three innings in Saturday’s opener then broke it open with five runs in the fourth.
Damonte outhit Spanish Springs 17-5.
Prizina was 2-for-3 with a two-run home run in the bottom of the seventh and 3 RBIs.
Railroaders fall twice at Dayton
Sparks was unable to build on its first DI-A North win of the season on Tuesday against Truckee.
The Railroaders dropped two at Dayton on Saturday, after falling 11-10 in eight innings on Friday, and now sit at 4-17, 1-16. The Dust Devils improved to 10-11, 6-11.
Sparks will close the season out with seven straight home games, starting Friday against Spring Creek (17-4, 13-3).
Dayton 24, Sparks 2 (5 innings)
Out of arms, and likely determination, after a long weekend, Sparks was throttled in the final game of the series on Saturday.
The Dust Devils scored 11 times in the top of the second to take a 16-1 lead.
Bruce Hicks was 2-for-2 with a double and a run scored as Sparks was outhit 24-4.
Dayton 5, Sparks 2
The Railroaders led 2-1 with two innings complete in Saturday’s first game.
Dayton pushed three across in the bottom of the third to take control and held Sparks off the board the rest of the way.
Elijah Shelton went 2-for-2 with 2 doubles and 2 RBIs in the defeat.
Matt Longland was the tough luck loser on the bump. He threw a six-inning complete game, striking out 10 and walking just 2. He was charged with 5 runs on 6 hits but not a single run was earned. His defense committed five errors.