Queens Grant smashes Comets 13-2, Smacks Mountain Island 8-4 in PAC-7

Stallions Jacob Beard ready to slam a line drive to center field. (Ed Berti)
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The Stallions continue their winning ways with a dominating win over Carolina International on their home field in the first round of the conference tournament.

The Queens Grant boys took a quick 6 run lead in the bottom of the first inning.  Then added another 3 runs in the second inning and another run in the third for a commanding 10-0 lead.  While Stallions starter Nick Kuebler sailed through the first three frames allowing just one hit and a base on balls.

Stallions senior catcher John Orlowski ready to give signs. (Ed Berti)

Meanwhile, multiple hits by John Orlowski, Michael Ritch, Spencer Smith, Bryce Gorospe, Clay Thaxton and others in the lineup slammed timely hits to drive in 8 earned runs in a game that was really no match for the home team.  The second place Stallions in the PAC-7 jumped all over the Comets who have been struggling all season with pitching as they gave up 10 walks on 8 hits while hitting two batters in the game.

Kuebler picked up the win giving up only 2 unearned runs, while freshman Cameron King pitched a scoreless fifth, and Andy Duran closed out the game in the sixth facing only three batters on 10 pitches.

Stallion smacking a base hit. (Ed Berti)

In the semi-final round of the PAC-7 Conference the Stallions beat Mountain Island 8-4 at Pine Lake Prep who is holding the conference tournament this year.  The home team struck quickly again in the first two innings getting out to a 4-0 lead.  The starter sophomore crafty lefty Jacob Beard sailed through the first two frames.  However, in the third he ran into trouble giving up 8 hits and 4 runs.

In the fourth senior John Orlowski settled things down pitching 4 scoreless innings while giving up no hits on 3 strikeouts to stifle the Raptor offense.  The Stallions offense continued to roll scoring 2 runs in the fourth, 1 run in the fifth, and another insurance run in the sixth inning to closeout the victory and move on into a championship game match-up on Friday night against the host team Pine Lake Prep.

Stallions Andy Duran delivering a strike three pitch. (Ed Berti)

Spencer Smith went 3-5 with 2 doubles, senior Clay Thaxton had a big game going 3-4 with 1 RBI, Jacob Laplant 2-3, Andy Duran 2-4 with 2 RBI’s including slamming his fifth home run of the season.

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Ed Berti
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