Hitting helps Gene Taylor’s win in Reno

The Gene Taylor’s American Legion baseball team hit it big Thursday during its first day in Reno, Nev.

Gene Taylor’s ripped 13 hits in each of its games, beating the Next Level A’s 19-1 and Washington Manor 10-2.

A 12-run second inning gave Gene Taylor’s a 17-1 lead against the Next Level A’s, a team composed mostly of junior college players and only two high school players. The big inning was fueled by seven walks, two hit batsmen and five hits, two off the bat of Tristan Lafferty, who hit a three-run double and a run-scoring single.

Lafferty finished the game 3 for 3 with six RBI. Tyler Gastineau went 1 for 1 with a walk and was hit by a pitch, and he finished with four RBI, two coming on a first-inning single.

Casey Burns pitched all five innings, limiting the A’s to five hits, no walks and five strikeouts.

Six runs on six hits in the bottom of the sixth finished off Washington Manor. All of the runs and hits came with two outs, and Gastineau delivered the biggest blow, a two-run triple.

Burns staked Gene Taylor’s to a 4-1 lead with a three-run double in the bottom of the third.

Ty Burtard, Drew Bridges, Burns and Evan McDermott each collected two hits. Both of McDermott’s hits were doubles, and he drove in two runs.

Brett Labonte threw all six innings for Gene Taylor’s, which improved to 8-6 and plays again today during its four-day stay in Reno. Labonte limited Washington Manor to four hits, walked two and struck out six.


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