QC’s Sisk, Lopez Throw Combined No-No in 11 – 1 Win; HC Moreno Expects Better

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Queen Creek senior pitcher Bryce Sisk. Photo: Andrew Luberda.

The Queen Creek baseball team improved to 15-0 versus in-state opponents following a no-hit, five-inning 11 – 1 victory against visiting Camelback on Friday afternoon.

The Bulldogs scored in four of the five innings, including a four-run first. Senior starting pitcher Bryce Sisk and sophomore reliever Donovan Lopez combined to no-hit the Spartans, whose lone run scored was unearned.

Despite the dominant win, Bulldogs’ head coach Mikel Moreno was none too pleased afterwards.

“Nothing,” answered Moreno when asked what he liked about his team’s performance.

Ok, what didn’t he like?

“Everything.”

Pressed for more than single-word responses, Moreno eventually detailed the areas in which he believes his team can perform better.

“We can field better, we can throw the ball better, we can play better situational baseball, we can hit better, we can run the bases better, we can pitch better,” he said. “There wasn’t anything we did well today.”

The 11 runs scored in five innings?

“Courtesy of the other team,” Moreno claimed.

The Spartans did commit five errors and allowed two Bulldogs’ runs on a balk and wild pitch.

Junior Ryan Dobbs and senior Colton Cassinelli – the four and five hitters in the Bulldogs’ lineup – each had a pair of extra-base hits in the game, including back-to-back doubles to start the bottom of the fifth. The duo combined for five RBI and four runs scored.

“Our approaches weren’t that good,” Cassinelli told CountyLinePreps.com after the game. “But we managed to score 11 runs, so it wasn’t that bad.”

Offensive approach, communication and focus were among the topics during Moreno’s postgame meeting with his team.

Queen Creek senior and Univ. of Washington commit Colton Cassinelli fouls off a pitch during Friday’s game. Photo: Andrew Luberda.

“(Eleven) runs is not our peak, we can reach 25 runs (in a game) this year,” said Cassinelli. “Mainly, (he spoke) about our at-bats and focusing in the box.”

Moreno acknowledged he is surprised by his team’s undefeated start, but now that he’s seen what his team is capable of he wants more consistency.

“We need to have better, more solid fundamentally-sound at-bats,” Moreno said. “They need to go up there with a plan and execute the plan.”

Freshman Trey Reynolds drove in a pair of runs, including the RBI-single that plated the game’s final run. Kevon Jackson, Stetson Denning and Jacob Alexander also had a hit apiece in the victory.

Sisk and Lopez combined to whiff five Spartans hitters in addition to issuing a pair of walks.

Up next:  Mar. 28 vs. Arcadia, Mar. 29 at Mesquite, and Mar. 30 vs. Mesquite. First pitch for all games is scheduled for 4 p.m.