The lopsided affair was a far cry from Monday’s make-up game between the two schools when Reed had to claw out a 7-6 come-from-behind victory at home.
Reed led 3-0 after two innings but blew the game open with a seven-run, third-inning outburst. The big inning allowed the Raiders to cruise from there. They did not score again, but first-year RHS coach Ray Charles substituted liberally through the final four frames.
Jason Stroberg and Spencer Jones started the Reed third by drawing walks. A.J. Silva followed and reached on an error after the North Valleys second baseman picked up his slow roller and threw wide of the bag, pulling his Panthers teammate off first base.
The miscue saturated the sacks with Raiders. A run was forced in when Brandon Autino was issued a free pass. Joey Dice laced a single to left, plating a run and forging Reed ahead 5-0. Next, Beau Tittensor reached safely on a Panthers error that allowed another Raider run to score.
RHS leadoff hitter Ryan Butler made it an 8-1 game when he drove in two runs with a single. Tittensor and Butler scored Reed’s last two runs of the inning when Stroberg hit a fly ball to center field that dropped for an error after being misplayed by the Panthers.
When all was said and done, Reed had sent 12 hitters to the plate, scored its seven runs on just two hits and extended its edge to what would prove to be the final 10-1 margin.
Raiders right-hander Tanner Paris hurled a gem at North Valleys. Reed’s senior starting pitcher went the distance on the hill to pick up the victory. He scattered three Panthers hits and allowed just one earned run while finishing with eight strikeouts against two walks.
“He worked ahead of hitters and threw strikes. That’s the key,” Charles said.
Reed didn’t waste any time getting on the scoreboard. Butler singled and scored in the first inning thanks to an RBI single by Stroberg.
In the second, Silva mashed a solo home run beyond the opposite field fence in right. Soon after, Autino doubled and came around to score.
“I’m just happy we got another win,” Charles said. “We did a good job today. We got some key hits, good pitching and good defense.
“We had fun playing baseball today. That made it nice. We got a lot of kids in and had pretty good success.”
Reed now sits 10-15 overall and 5-11 in Northern 4A clashes. The Raiders have four games left in league play and may have to win them all to have any hope of garnering a postseason berth.
That won’t be easy as Reed wraps up its conference schedule with two games against both cross-town rival Spanish Springs and perennial regional power Reno. Reed hosts SSHS Thursday at 3:45 p.m.
“We’ve got a chance,” Charles said. “Our approach is just take it game by game. If it happens, and we get to where we want, that’s a bonus. If we come up short, we’ll play hard for four games.
“It’s always exciting to play Spanish Springs, in any sport. It’s built up to be such a nice rivalry. We like to play and compete against them. If we throw strikes and play defense, get some timely hits, then it doesn’t matter if we’re playing Spanish Springs or anybody else. We should be in the game. I’d like to think we can compete and pull out a victory.”