Galena didn’t have that problem, rapping out 12 hits against the Raiders en route to a 12-1 five-inning win to send Reed to its second loss of the day in the annual season-opening Mike Bearman Memorial Tournament.
Reed actually led after one inning when Fabian Reza scored on Duran DiQuarto’s RBI single, but that lead was short-lived after the visitors rallied for five runs in the top of the second inning.
Raiders pitchers struggled to keep the ball down and Galena hitters took advantage of the wind blowing out to right field.
Tony Guidara led off the top of the second with a double down the third-base line. Matt Rage followed with a run-scoring double to the gap in right-center field, tying the score at 1-1.
Brandon Metoyer then came to the plate and lifted a shot to right field that carried over the fence for a 2-run home run.
The Grizzlies were not done in the inning. After the first out was recorded, No. 9 hitter Dustin Granata’s high fly ball got up in the jet stream and landed at the base of the fence in right-center for a double.
Stephen Biehle drove a DiQuarto offering and one-hopped the fence in center field, plating Granata with a two-bagger.
Biehle eventually scored on a double steal with two outs in a first and third situation for a 5-1 GHS edge.
“Galena’s a good team. Every one of our guys who stepped up on the bump today, left the ball up,” Reed coach Nick Royle said. “It’s pretty easy to hit it when the ball is coming in on a tee. It didn’t help with the wind and being here at Reed with a short porch. We still have to pitch the ball down in the zone, and we weren’t there today.”
An RBI double by Garrett Shutt in the second inning pushed the gap to 6-1.
Biehle led off the fourth frame by sending DiQuarto’s final pitch of the game over the fence for a solo shot.
Joe Moore came on in relief for Reed, but couldn’t get an out.
Luke Hooper’s line drive single to center field started another rally. Brian Pointer doubled him home and he later scored on an infield error, making it 9-1. Galena capped the four-run fourth when Nick Dufur scored on a fielder’s choice.
The Grizzlies nearly missed out on a chance to end the game early with the 10-run mercy rule.
Reed sophomore pitcher David Bolingbroke picked up two quick outs to start the fifth, but a single, walk and single loaded the bases.
On back-to-back pitches, Bolingbroke beaned two hitters, forcing in the final two runs.
Galena starting pitcher Eric Howsley went four innings on the mound for the win. He scattered four hits and struck out four, while walking two.
Despite getting three hits in a 5-2 loss against Damonte Ranch earlier in the day and only seven hits against Galena, Royle wasn’t overly discouraged with the lack of offense, claiming he was more upset how some players just didn’t show up to play.
“We kind of got to see what a couple of guys were made of today, and we weren’t too impressed,” Royle said. “Some guys didn’t want to be here, too cold, too windy, a long day. That’s why I don’t like doubleheaders.”
Reed (2-3) starts High Desert League play this week with a home game on Thursday at 3:30 p.m. against McQueen.