On Thursday, Raiders players assured themselves that wouldn't happen again. Reed won its first-round game at the Northern 4A Regional Tournament, knocking off Carson, 9-6, at Bishop Manogue High School.
"It's huge to win that first game," Reed coach Jon Wunder said. "In the last few years that I've been affiliated with the program I don't think we've ever taken the easy road at regionals. It's nice to win and just play the one game today because two teams will be gone after today. That was us last year and we were aware of it."
Reed helped its cause in a big way by getting off to a strong start. The Raiders put up five first-inning runs, all with two outs, and never trailed.
Shivaun Landeros walked and Destinee Levesque singled. Andi Lee scored both with a two-run single. After Makaela Moore singled, Megan Dettling roped a two-run single. An Ellie Sullivan single capped the RHS rally and forged Reed ahead, 5-0.
"We kicked the ball around a bit," Wunder said. "If not for a spotting ourselves a five-run lead after one inning, that could've been a different outcome. We'll come back tomorrow and tighten it up."
The Raiders did not rest on their laurels. They kept building on their advantage. In the third, Reed extended its edge to 6-0. Moore reached on an error and scored after a Dettling sacrifice bunt and a sacrifice fly by Sullivan.
Carson got an unearned run in the fourth, but Reed answered with a run of its own in the bottom of the inning. Mary Dettling doubled and came around to score thanks to a Levesque double.
The Senators put up their second run of the game in the top of the sixth but Reed responded again, pushing across a pair of runs in the bottom of the sixth and making the scoreboard read 9-2. Cori Gammon and Landeros both reached on CHS errors. Levesque singled to saturate the sacks with Raiders and then Moore came through with a two-run single, concluding the Raiders' scoring on the day.
The Raiders rapped out 13 hits in the victory.
"We hit all of the last week," Wunder said. "We talked about being the home team, shutting them out in the first and then scoring in the bottom of the inning. I had no idea we'd get five, but that was great."
Carson tried to rally in the final inning, but the seven-run deficit proved too large. The Senators did score four runs in the seventh, three of them unearned, but it proved too little too late.
Only two of Carson's runs in the tournament tilt were earned.
Levesque worked all seven innings in the pitching circle for Reed. She scattered eight Senators hits in an 11-strikeout, two-walk performance.
"She did a great job," Wunder said of his senior right-hander. "The last quarter or so of the season she's pitched the majority of the games, so she's getting stronger."
Reed (22-9) will face Sierra League champion and defending state runner-up Damonte Ranch today at noon, at Manogue, the tournament's host venue.