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Reed falls in quarterfinals of own tournament
by Dan Eckles
Apr 16, 2011 | 1036 views | 0 0 comments | 6 6 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Tribune photo by John Byrne - Reed right-hander Destinee Levesque hurls the Raiders to a 5-0 win over McQueen Saturday.
Tribune photo by John Byrne - Reed right-hander Destinee Levesque hurls the Raiders to a 5-0 win over McQueen Saturday.
The old adage says baseball and softball are games of inches. That was certainly true for the Reed High softball team Saturday. A pair of base hits wound up just beyond the reach of Reed outfielders and resulted in runs that proved costly for the RHS crew.

Reed was saddled with a 3-2 loss by Alhambra of Martinez, Calif. in the quarterfinals of its annual spring break tournament Saturday afternoon. The game was limited to five innings due to tournament time limit rules.

Knotted at 2-2 in the top of the fifth, Alhambra's Jenna Krummen singled. She came around to score when her teammate, Nicole Curry hit a ball to right field. The Raiders outfielder dove in attempt to make a dramatic third out, but the ball landed just short of her glove and rolled by. Krummen scored what proved to be the winning run and Curry had a double and RBI.

Reed brought its top of the order up in the bottom of the fifth. After a strikeout and infield fly out, Shivaun Landeros drew a walk, but Destinee Levesque popped out, nixing any hopes of a Reed comeback.

Alhambra right-hander Erin Enke did a number on the Raiders' bats. She gave up just one earned run and limited Reed to three hits in a six-strikeout three-walk performance.

Reed's junior right-hander, Landeros, was up to the task as well in the low-scoring affair. Landeros took the tough-luck loss. She scattered seven AHS hits. She finished with seven strikeouts and did not issue a walk to the Moors.

"Shivaun pitched well. She gave up the seven hits, but Alhambra's got good, aggressive hitters," Reed coach Jon Wunder said. "Her curveball and screwball are her bread and butter and they worked well today."

The host Raiders got on the scoreboard first with a run in the top of the first inning. RHS leadoff hitter Mary Dettling singled and circled the sacks after a Cori Gammon walk and double by Levesque.

Alhambra forged ahead 2-1 thanks to pushing across a pair of third-inning scores. Curry had the big hit there as well for the Bay Area school, lacing a two-run single, that again landed just short of a Reed outfielder, this time in left field.

"They just mashed the ball against Galena. We played them a little deep. Maybe that's a coaching decision mistake. We just fell short," Wunder said.

Reed came back to tie the game at two apiece with a run in the bottom of the third. Dettling reached on an error to initiate the threat. After a passed ball and wild pitch, Dettling crossed the plate on a Makaela Moore RBI single.

"Until this last game, I've been pretty pleased with our hitting," Wunder said. "We focus on hitting the ball down and hard, but we didn't do that this afternoon. We were a little anxious. Their pitcher was not overpowering. We have to recognize that and make adjustments."

The Raiders, who won their pool Friday, advanced to their quarterfinal defeat by knocking off McQueen, 5-0, in the first round of bracket play Saturday morning. Reed went 5-1 on the weekend and improved to 14-5 overall.

The Raiders return to the diamond Thursday when they get back into High Desert League play with a conference clash at home against McQueen at 3:45 p.m.
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