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Reed downs Utah foe
by Tribune Staff
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Tribune photo by John Byrne - Reed reliever Adam Bolingbroke picked up a pitching victory Thursday.
Tribune photo by John Byrne - Reed reliever Adam Bolingbroke picked up a pitching victory Thursday.
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The Reed Raiders were probably happy to see a few unfamiliar faces across the baseball diamond Thursday afternoon. Reed had been mired in a six-game losing skid, all against northern Nevada foes. However, its woes came

to an end Thursday, thanks to a 13-6 win over Mountain View High of Orem, Utah.

           

The win came in Reed's first game of pool play at the Athletics Unlimited spring break tournament co-hosted by McQueen and Spanish Springs high schools.

           

"A win was definitely good for our confidence," Reed coach Ray Charles said. "It's always nice to get wins when you're a little bit down on your luck and have lost some close games or games where you just came up short. It was nice to battle from behind, come back and finish them off. Today was a

nice team victory."

Reed, which was playing at McQueen, got handed the role of visitor in its tournament opener and relished it, posting three runs in the top of the first inning. Ryan Butler singled to start the Raiders' rally, and one out later, Jason Stroberg walked. Roberto Velazquez, Tanner Paris and Brandon Atino followed with RBI singles to forge Reed ahead 3-0.

           

Mountain View got a run back in the bottom of the first and went on top 5-3, after pushing across four runs in the bottom of the third.

           

Reed responded with three more runs in the top of the fourth to regain the lead, 6-5. Like the first, Butler initiated the threat, this time after getting hit by a pitch. He scored shortly thereafter when Alex Young tripled. Next, Connor Cox doubled home Young and Velazquez singled in Cox.

           

"They hit us a few times and gave us baserunners," Charles said. "And then actually, for the first time in a while, we got some hits with two outs and runners in scoring position. Those are the little things we're trying to get better at. We took advantage of what we had and they're a solid team. It was a good win for us."

           

Reed did not trail again. The Raiders added single runs in the fifth and sixth innings before blowing the game open with a five spot in the top of inning seven. The Utah school committed two errors in Reed's big inning but the Raiders also got four doubles in the outburst, from Young, Cox, Paris and Atino.

Reed reliever Adam Bolingbroke picked up the pitching victory. The left-hander went to the hill to start the fourth, after Reed had just gone on top 6-5. He shut the door on the Bruins. Bolingbroke turned in a four-inning

relief stint, allowing one run on three hits, while striking out four and walking only one.

           

"I really liked his effort," Charles said of Bolingbroke. "He came in and pounded the strike zone. He had a couple pretty quick innings ... He had a good relief performance. He had good command of his fastball and he would show his off-speed stuff. He got ahead of hitters. His  breaking stuff was not as

sharp as his fastball but it kept them off balance. He did nice a job."

           

Reed wraps up tournament pool play today with games against Drake High, of San Anselmo, Calif. at 12:30 p.m. and McQueen at 3 p.m.
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