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Big sixth inning propels Reed to win
by Aaron Retherford
Apr 28, 2012 | 866 views | 0 0 comments | 7 7 recommendations | email to a friend | print
The Reed softball team started off the week with the excitement of opening its new softball field, but the Raiders might be looking forward to a fresh start next week.

Reed capped a roller-coaster week with a roller-coaster win Saturday, using a six-run sixth inning to earn a 12-6 victory over visiting Reno.

“I think we kind of hit a little bit of a lull. Fortunately, with the exception of Manogue, we’ve gotten some wins even without playing our best,” Reed softball coach Jon Wunder said. “I think we had a good conversation after the game. I think we’ll come out Monday and refocus. I think the girls will come out refocused knowing that’s our last week of regular season games.”

The Raiders led 6-3 heading into the top of the sixth when the Huskies rallied for a trio of runs.

Sophomore pitcher Megan Dettling worked five effective innings for the Blue and Gold, but couldn’t get an out in the top of the sixth.

A pinch-hit single by Alysha Taylor loaded the bases. Dettling then hit Sierra Saunders with a pitch, forcing in a run and ended Dettling’s day. Dettling left the game with a 6-4 lead, but she didn’t factor in the decision as the Huskies eventually tied the game. Dettling allowed four hits, while striking out nine, walking two and hitting three others.

Reed turned to senior Shivaun Landeros to get out of the inning. However, Landeros only managed to record two outs.

Back-to-back walks with the bases loaded knotted the game at 6-6. Wunder was forced to use a third pitcher in the inning.

Sophomore Jackie Sertic took the ball and struck out No. 3 hitter Cori Fisher to end the threat. Sertic pitched the final 1 1-3 innings to pick up the pitching victory. She allowed a pair of seventh-inning hits but also struck out two hitters.

The Raiders also stranded the bases loaded in their half of the sixth, but not before sending 12 batters to the plate and pushing across six runs.

Hannah Martini led off the bottom of the sixth with a single. Mary Dettling followed with a walk and an error loaded the bases.

Andi Lee ripped a two-run single and then Danaya Thompson and Makaela Moore drove in runs with singles, all in succession, forging Reed into a 10-6 advantage.

With two outs, Laura Frost knocked in the final two runs with a single.

“Sometimes you have to adjust to conditions. It was a pretty wide strike zone today. It took both teams a little time to adjust,” Wunder said. “We didn’t play our best game defensively. I thought for the most part Megan pitched a great game until that last inning. We brought Shivaun in for an inning. She warmed up before the game, but she was probably cold by the sixth inning. We brought her in with the bases loaded and that’s a lot to ask of a pitcher. Fortunately, we’re deep enough and could bring in Jackie to close out those last two innings. Dealing with a little adversity helps us get stronger as we go into this last week.”

Reno scored first on an RBI groundout by Fisher in the top of the first. The lead didn’t last long.

Gammon started her 3-for-5 day with a leadoff double in the bottom half of the first frame. An error allowed Martini to reach base, and the Raiders took a 2-1 lead when Mary Dettling brought both runners home with a double.

In the third, Martini and Mary Dettling reached base on a single and error. Landeros belted a double, plating Martini. Thompson came through with a run-scoring single and Landeros scored on a passed ball. That left Reed with a 5-1 edge.

Sarah Degues helped the Huskies close the gap to 5-2 in the fourth with her RBI two-bagger. She went 2-for-2 and was the only Reno player with more than one hit. The Huskies had six hits, but five Reed errors also helped the cause.

In the fifth, Lydia Valencia scored on a wild pitch after leading off the inning with a single. That brought Reno to within two runs, 5-3.

The Raiders got that run back in the bottom of the fifth on Lindsey Yearman’s RBI double.

Reed finished with 15 hits on the day. Thompson led the way, going 3-for-4. Martini was 3-for-5, and Moore added two hits in the win.

Reed (23-4, 16-1 in Northern 4A) will close out its regular season with three league games this coming week. The Raiders are at McQueen Tuesday, home versus Galena Thursday and at Damonte Ranch Friday. All games are at 3:45 p.m.
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