Irvine Valley freshman Austin Reynolds pitched a complete game shutout and helped his cause with a first-inning RBI single as the visiting Lasers earned a 5-0 win over Riverside in an Orange Empire Conference game Tuesday at Evans Sports Complex.
It was the first of a three-game series between the two teams.
Reynolds, a freshman right-hander from Canyon High, had only pitched 10.0 innings (7.20 earned run average) all season (including one previous start), but allowed only two Tigers to reach third base in a masterful performance.
In the route-going effort, Reynolds, who made 130 pitches (77 strikes), scattered six hits and allowed only three walks along with four strikeouts to improve to 2-0 for Irvine Valley.
He helped Irvine Valley's record to 14-20 overall and 5-14 in conference.
Reynolds' counterpart, RCC starting sophomore Angel Delgado didn't fare as well.
Delgado, who had two hard-hit comebackers ricochet off him (right shin and right ankle area) lasted only 3-1/3 innings and allowed all five runs (three earned) on nine hits (zero walks) with two strikeouts as his record fell to 6-3 for Riverside.
The Tigers record slipped to 19-15 overall and 7-12 in conference.
Sophomore shortstop Jordan Gillerman had a RBI single for a 1-0 lead. A ground out to third base made it 2-0 and Reynolds made it 3-0 with a RBI single.
In the top of the second inning, freshman first baseman Cole Joy singled and scored, and Golden had a RBI single and scored (unearned) on a RBI double by Gillerman.
Jack, Golden and Gillerman each finished with three hits on the day for IVC.
RCC had only two runners reach third base: sophomore Sean Smith, who doubled to left-center field in the third inning with two outs, and Brody Weiss. Weiss went 2 for 4 to lead RCC.
Riverside reliever Christian Stiegele pitched 4 2/3 shut-out innings and allowed only three hits in relief of Delgado.
Both teams return to OEC action on Thursday at 2 p.m. when Riverside visits Irvine Valley in the second game of the series.