Even against a strong wind, blowing in from the outfield that knocked down every flyball, Levesque scorched a laser over the center-field fence for a grand slam, leading the Raiders to a 6-2 Northern 4A league softball win.
“There were two outs and we had just had two flyballs and I told her to help herself out. She helped herself out,” Reed softball coach Jon Wunder said. “I didn’t think it was out. I thought it was going to be off the fence for a double and I was going to be happy with two runs. When it went out, that was a bonus.”
The Grizzlies picked up an unearned run in the top of the second.
McKenzie Wasley, who reached base safely in all three plate appearances, led off the inning with a walk. A sacrifice advanced Wasley to second, but she tried to get greedy by taking third on the play. She was dead to rights, but the throw to third got away and Wasley was able to score the game’s first run.
Most of the Raiders’ lineup struggled with the wind and didn’t make the proper adjustments. Through two innings, four of the six outs were popouts.
“That’s something we work on constantly,” Wunder said of hitting the ball down. “The conditions today didn’t help them out. We didn’t harp on them. They know what they need to work on. They made solid contact. When it’s not as windy, some of those balls will find the gaps.”
Reed finally kept the ball low and out of the wind in the third inning. Tyler Sumpter and Mary Dettling hit grounders through the infield for singles.
Cori Gammon got down a sacrifice bunt but Grizzly pitcher Kiley Sauer couldn’t field it cleanly, loading the bases for Levesque, who propelled the Blue and Gold to a 4-1 lead.
Galena cut the deficit down to 4-2 in the top of the fifth. Alex Casazza hit a ball off the end of the bat that slowly rolled back up the middle for an infield single. After Levesque struck out the next two batters, Galena No. 9 hitter Sofia Baig scorched a line drive that carried deep to left field. Baig’s double plated Casazza from second.
Reed rallied for two runs in the bottom of the sixth.
Makaela Moore went down and ripped a low pitch for a leadoff single to left field.
Two batters later, after the first out was recorded, Megan Dettling laced a line drive single that went off the top of the Galena second baseman’s glove.
Ellie Sullivan followed with an RBI double to the left-center field gap, her second hit of the game.
“Ellie is a senior. We brought her on the team just for that, to be the DP (designated player) and a pinch hitter. She’s worked hard in the bullpen and has stayed positive all year,” Wunder said. “I told her to make the most of the opportunity today and she did.”
Mary Dettling’s two-out single through the right side of the infield not only drove in the game’s final run, but it also capped her 4-for-4 performance.
Reed (19-6, 10-1 in Northern 4A) has a big series with Spanish Springs this weekend. Saturday’s doubleheader at SSHS starts at 10 a.m.
“Spanish Springs is a state champion. We certainly respect them,” Wunder said. “They’re continuing on a role this year. I think we match up well, and we just have to take care of our business.”
Spanish Springs 9,
Bishop Manogue 0
The Cougars’ continued their undefeated trek through Northern Nevada with a shutout win on the road Thursday.
Danica Arterburn and Kaytlin Ripa combined on a three-hitter for the Cougars. Arterburn went four innings, allowed two hits and struck out eight for the win. Ripa gave up one hit, walked one and had one strikeout.
Spanish Springs’ bats weren’t on fire, but they didn’t need to be thanks to generosity by the Miners’ pitching staff. The Cougars (23-2, 11-0 in Northern 4A) drew nine walks to go with their eight hits. Manogue also committed three errors to help the Purple and Silver’s cause.
Dani Smith went 2-for-2 for the visitors and Myrissa Prince also had two hits, including a double and three RBIs.
Arterburn, Brette Lawrence, Julianna Waller and Ripa each had an RBI.
“You’re always happy when you get a win against a quality opponent and with a quality pitcher throwing,” SSHS softball coach Jeff Davidson said. “Today, our girls were focused and they were ready to play.”
The Railroaders showed the resiliency that coach Frank Avilla likes to see by battling back in Game 2 of Thursday’s non-league doubleheader, but it still wasn’t enough to pick up a win.
Lovelock posted a five spot on the scoreboard in the top of the sixth to break open a close game and secure an 11-7 victory.
However, Sparks answered right back in its half of the inning and pushed across four runs to make it a three-run game. Michelle Vega had a two-run base hit in the rally.
In the fourth inning, Marissa Brogdon blasted an RBI triple as part of the two-run rally.
The Maroon and Gold could have stolen a win, but stranded the bases loaded three times.
Sparks (2-16) heads to Truckee Saturday for a twin bill that concludes a three-game Mount Rose League series. Game 1 is scheduled for 11 a.m.