Reno High squandered chances late against Bonanza on Thursday night at the Division I state baseball tournament, sending the Huskies to the losers’ bracket.
On Friday, the Huskies dug a hole early against Coronado and weren’t able to recover.
Coronado jumped out early, scoring seven runs in the first three innings, and never looked back in earning an 9-4 win over Reno to eliminate the Huskies at the College of Southern Nevada.
Reno ended the season at 26-11.
Reno starter Austin Atkerson allowed four runs in the opening inning, and Coronado scored in each inning but one.
“We didn’t play our best baseball down here,” Reno coach Pete Savage said. “We played great at regionals, we were just out of sync here. Still, the kids didn’t quit and I’m very proud of their effort.”
Coronado used the extra-base route to victory, as the Cougars had five doubles and a pair of home runs. Michael Maiello and Julian Burrola homered for Coronado, which pounded out 13 hits.
Atkerson lasted just two innings, allowing seven runs on nine hits. He struck out one and didn’t walk a batter.
The Huskies did try to make things interesting, as Reno scored all of its runs in the fifth. Jake Clark singled with one out and scored on Garrett Hampson’s two-run blast to left-center. Reno added a pair of runs — with Graham MacMillian and Atkerson scoring, and the Huskies were within 8-4.
However, Reno wouldn’t get any closer.
“It’s about making plays at the right times, getting hits at the right time,” Savage said. “We certainly had the effort, we just came up a bit short.”
Six different players had hits for the Huskies. Burrola led the Cougars going 3-for-4 while Blanchard, James Anderson, Michael Pollex and Cain Brady added two hits each.
Coronado starter Dylan Myers went 41⁄3 innings for the win, striking out six. Jeff Belknap pitched the final 22⁄3 innings for Coronado.