Julia Jensen took special exception to Reed’s home loss against McQueen on Tuesday—its first DI North defeat of the season. She went off on Friday.
The Raiders’ ace spun a no-hitter, striking out seven, to lead the defending state champs to a 15-0 five-inning home rout of the Lancers. The game was originally scheduled to be played Thursday at McQueen but was moved to Friday at Reed due to heavy rains that rendered the Lancers’ field unplayable.
Reed (26-2-1, 19-1) secured the DI North regular season title with the win, paired with Spanish Springs’ loss at Bishop Manogue. The Raiders and Cougars will wrap up the regular season with a doubleheader at Reed on Monday.
McQueen fell to 12-11, 12-8 in DI North play.
Jensen’s dominance went beyond the pitcher’s circle (she was two fourth-inning walks from a perfect game by the way). She put up grotesque numbers at the plate.
Jensen went 4-for-4 with three home runs, a double, eight RBIs and scored four times. No, that’s not a typo.
In the top of the first, Jensen capped a four-run inning with a three-run shot to left to center. The Raiders batted first as the away team on their home field since the game was slated to be played at McQueen.
In the top of the second, Jensen blasted a two-run homer to center to finish a three-run frame.
In the top of the fourth, McQueen held Jensen in the yard but her two-run double to left wrapped up a three-run inning and extended the lead to 10-0.
In the top of the fifth, Jensen dug in immediately after Alysha Imperato lifted a three-run shot to center and deposited her third ball beyond the fence. The final chapter of her masterpiece.
Imperato finished with a nice game of her own, going 2-for-3 with a home run, four RBIs and three runs scored. Jessica Sellers and Alexis Gonzalez both had three-hit afternoon as the Raiders outhit the Lancers 15-0.
First pitch of Monday’s doubleheader, which was postponed from Saturday due to rain, is at 2:30 p.m. The regional tournament, which Reed will be the No. 1 seed at, starts Thursday at Bishop Manogue.
Spanish Springs dips out of league title race
The Cougars saw their league title aspirations disappear with a 14-3 loss at Bishop Manogue on Friday.
With the five-inning loss, Spanish Springs (21-11, 16-4) fell three games back of Reed with just two games left—a doubleheader at Reed on Monday. The Miners improved to 17-11, 12-8 three days after being on the wrong end of an identical 14-3 score at Spanish Springs.
It wasn’t all bad for the Cougars. Damonte Ranch did them a favor and beat Reno, which locked them into the No. 2 seed. That means they will start the regional tournament on the opposite side of Reed in the bracket.
The Cougars were outhit 11-5 in the lopsided loss and committed five errors.
First pitch on Monday is at 2:30 p.m.
Fallon rolls Railroaders
An upset wasn’t in store for Sparks on Friday.
The Railroaders were no hit and fell 18-0 in five innings at first-place Fallon (20-2, 20-2). Sparks dropped to 6-20-1, 5-17.
The Greenwave finished with 17 hits, two of which went over the fence.
Sparks will finish the series, and its season, on Saturday with a doubleheader at Fallon. The entire series was scheduled to be played in Sparks before May rains got in the way.