Reed kept its season alive with a win in the loser-out game. The Raiders survive to face cross-town rival Spanish Springs, a 9-4 loser to Damonte Ranch, in another elimination game Thursday. First pitch is set for 3 p.m. at Bishop Manogue High School.
“We hit early,” Reed coach Jon Wunder said. “If there’s a negative to take away, it’s that we didn’t keep putting the pressure on them. We scored early and then didn’t get much offense after that. They chipped away and made it closer than we would have liked.”
Reed jumped out to a 4-0 lead with a key rally in the bottom of the first inning. With one out, Marriah Levesque singled and then trotted home after Mary Dettling bashed a bomb over the fence in right field for a two-run homer.
“It really does feel good get to get a home run,” Dettling said. “But it’s more important to get those line drives and get them together. The home run was a huge emotional lift, but we know we’ve got to keep the spirit up no matter what.”
Reed wasn’t done in the first. Mackenzie Goins singled and then raced home on a Lindsay Yearman double.Chelsea Cummings laced a run-scoring single later in the frame for the final Raiders’ run.
Despite the quick 4-0 deficit, Reno showed plenty of fight. Savannah Schultze roped an RBI triple and Morgan Eisele added an RBI single as the visiting Huskies trimmed the margin to 4-2 with a pair of runs in the top of the second inning.
However, Reno couldn’t get any closer. Reed responded by adding two runs of its own in the bottom of the second. Cassy Walsh rapped out a leadoff single, and two outs later, Goins cleared the fence in left-center with a two-run blast.
“I watched the hitters before me and Reno (pitching) was going out then in,” Goins said. “So I took the first pitch away. Then I got an inside pitch, watched it, kept my hands high and drove it.”
Unfortunately for Reed, it could not build on its lead. The Raiders failed to score again. They had a pretty good chance in the bottom of the fourth.
The RHS crew had runners on the corners with no outs. Levesque hit a blooper over the head of a charging Reno third baseman. Still, the ball stayed in the air long enough for Huskies shortstop Kayla Sisson to make an off-balance catch of the ball at her feet. Sisson’s momentum was taking her toward third, which she stepped on for a second out. Then she set and fired to first to get a Raiders baserunner lounging too far off the bag. The result was a rare triple play, nixing Reed’s rally.
Reno added a run in the fifth when Eisele singled and scored. Then in the sixth, Huskies No. 3 hitter Cori Fisher sent a laser into the grass beyond the center field wall for a solo dinger. That made the score 6-4, but Reno’s scoring was halted there.
“When you fall behind 4-0, that’s a tough spot to come back from,” Reno coach Joyce Cathey said. “But I still give my kids credit. They fought back. It was just too little, too late.”
Jackie Sertic collected the win in the circle for Reed. She tossed all seven innings, scattering five Reno hits in a nine-strikeout, zero-walk outing. Only two of Reno’s four runs were earned.
“She’s pitching well but not pitching her best,” Wunder said. “If we can win without her pitching her best, we’ll take it and hope her best performance comes tomorrow.”