A wind gust here, the sun in their eyes there and the occasional snow flurry added up to an adventurous game at McQueen.
The Lancers scored last in the back-and-forth game and took an 8-7 win over Damonte Ranch in Northern Division I baseball Tuesday at McQueen.
McQueen committed five errors and Damonte Ranch had three.
“We kind of gave them the game there, but our kids battled back,” McQueen coach Spencer Downie said. “A win’s a win. This league is crazy right now. It’s going to be a battle for playoffs and a battle in playoffs. get as many wins as you can right now.”
Damonte Ranch took a walk-off win over McQueen on Saturday.
Andrew Clark was 2-for-3 with 3 RBIs and Nelson Padilla was 3-for-4. Padilla also pitched two innings in relief of winner Austin Thomas. Thomas, a junior, has been on varsity since his freshman year.
“His time is here and he’s doing a good job on the mound for us, competing and throwing strikes,” Downie said.
McQueen led, 5-1 after two innings, only to see the Mustangs take a 7-5 lead in the top of fourth. But the Lancers added one in the bottom of the fourth, then two more in the fifth.
Padilla said the Lancers learned last year that they can battle back after trailing.
“We’re used to being down in games ever since last year. We had a lot of timely hits, with two outs,” Padilla said.
He said the Lancers practiced during worse weather on Monday, so tough conditions were not to blame for the errors.
Clark said the Lancers are playing better as a team this year.
“We got down and we picked each other up,” Clark said. “Last year we weren’t a team at all and this year we came together a lot. It gives us a ton of confidence, because we were down after Saturday.”
McQueen improved to 2-2 in league, 5-4 overall.
Damonte fell to 3-1 in league.
“We made a lot of mistakes in the later innings and they took advantage of our mistakes,” Damonte coach Jon Polson said. “It wasn’t a very clean game on any account. We’ve got to play better baseball. We wouldn’t expect to win that kind of game playing the way we did. If we would have got out of there with a win, it would have been close to a miracle.”
Tyler Oscarson got the loss for the Mustangs. Zach Jensen was 2-for-4 for Damonte with a double.
In other games Tuesday, Austin Wickham and Andrew West each homered and drove in three runs as Galena beat Douglas 12-9.
Kyle Pauly got the win in relief. Sami Baig drove in two runs and scored three.
Reno (3-1) beat Wooster 6-4, as Christian Chamberlain homered and was 3-for-4 with 2 RBIs. Connor Allard was 2-for-3 with 2 RBIs. Duncan Wilmot got the win.
Alex Malcolm was 3-for-4 for the Colts and R.J. Gordon had a triple.
Reed (4-0) beat Carson, 8-3, as Ben Peck went 3-for-4 with an RBI.
Bishop Manogue beat North Valleys, 10-0, as Luke Smith homered. Callaway Miller got the win, scattering three hits.