Lancers power past Douglas
Freshman Rylie Miller pitched a complete game eight-hitter and slammed a key two-run homer in the fifth inning to help boost the McQueen Lancers to a 5-3 victory at Douglas on Thursday.
McQueen scored three runs in the fourth inning to erase a 2-0 deficit and went on to win the Northern 4A softball conference opener for two familiar rivals. The teams split two regular season games in 2016 and then split two games in the region tournament — the last a 2-0 Douglas win that ended McQueen’s season.
This time, the two-run lead wasn’t enough for Douglas (0-1 league, 1-6 overall).
Ana Zimmerman blasted a two-run homer over the 196-foot sign in left-center field to put the Lancers on top in the fourth, 3-2. Miller, hitting No. 9 in the order, went deep to nearly the same spot for her fifth-inning home run in the fifth to make it 5-2.
Douglas took a 2-0 lead in the second inning when Chloie Pratt hit an RBI single past second base and eventually scored on an error. The Tigers had runners on second and third with no outs, however, the Lancers turned a double play when right fielder Zabrena Jordan caught a fly ball and threw out a runner trying to score on the play.
In all, the Tigers had three runners thrown out on the base paths.
Douglas scored its final run in the fifth inning when Pratt hit a leadoff double into the right-center field gap and scored on a fielder’s choice.
Sophomore Jasmine McNinch hit 3-for-3 with three doubles while Kylie Swan and Pratt both went 2-for-3 to lead the Tigers offensively.
Jordan went 2-for-3 for McQueen.
Miller scattered eight hits — the Tigers had three in the second inning — to go with three strikeouts, one hit batsman and no walks.
Freshman Deztiny Vaughan provided a bright spot for the Tigers as she pitched three shutout innings in relief of starter Amanda Hoffman. Vaughan came on after Miller’s home run and only allowed one hit the rest of the way.
Kaya Olson and Swan combined to turn a 4-3 double play to end McQueen’s fifth inning rally.