The Manogue Miners ace right-hander tossed a four-hitter, allowing just two unearned runs as the private Catholic school won its first Northern 4A softball title with a 7-2 triumph in a game that featured a pair of No. 2 seeds.
Manogue will also be competing in its first 4A state tournament as the North’s lone representative.
“I certainly would have liked to (carry the momentum into the second game),” Reed softball coach Jon Wunder said. “Dortch was fresh. She had a little extra ‘umph’ on it today. The name of the game is pitching and hitting, and they had both aspects of it today.”
The Miners’ battery was all the host school needed to secure the victory. While Dortch was stifling the Raiders in the circle, catcher Kayla Batastini was blasting out home runs left and right.
After Manogue got on the board with one run in the bottom of the second, Batastini went yard, opposite field, on an 0-2 pitch from Reed ace Destinee Levesque in the third. The first of Batastini’s two-run homers ended Levesque’s day with no outs in the third.
Reed rallied for its only two runs in the top of the fourth. Shivaun Landeros, who took over pitching duties for Levesque, tried to help her cause by singling through the left side of the infield to lead off the fourth. It was the first hit the Raiders mustered off Dortch.
Dortch got in some more trouble when the defense behind her let her down.
Andi Lee followed Landeros’ single by hitting a grounder to shortstop that was mishandled. Levesque dumped a single into shallow center field, loading the bases with no outs.
The Miners forced the lead runner out at home on a fielder’s choice by Makaela Moore for the inning’s first out.
Another error led to Reed’s first run of the game when Batastini tried to pick off Lee at third but her throw went into the outfield, allowing all the runners to move up a base.
Megan Dettling lifted a flyball to center field, which was deep enough to serve as a sacrifice fly, cutting the deficit to 3-2. But that was as good as it got for the High Desert League’s No. 2 team.
Manogue leadoff hitter J’Naey Soule reached base thanks to an error and scored on an error, increasing the Miners’ lead to 4-2 in the fifth. The second error wouldn’t have mattered. After Kelly Lujan dropped down a bunt single, Batastini belted out a two-run shot during another at-bat where she was down to her final strike.
Manogue added a final run in the sixth inning. Laura Marraccini made it on base with a leadoff infield single. Three batters later, Soule drove her home by beating out a grounder to shortstop.
Lujan had three hits to lead the Miners, while Soule and Batastini added two apiece.
Dortch struck out eight, walked three and hit a batter in the complete-game victory.
Manogue will open the state tournament Friday at UNLV.
“Destinee pitched her butt off for us this week,” Wunder said. “She had a phenomenal game against Damonte to keep them off-balance. Shivaun came in and gave us a hell of an effort.”
- Reed 9, Damonte Ranch 0 -
It was expected to be a close game, but the Raiders made sure those expectations became unfulfilled.
Levesque pitched a two-hit shutout, striking out three and walking one. Both hits came in the first inning and only the fourth-inning walk kept Levesque from being perfect over the final six innings.
At the plate, Hannah Martini was a home run away from hitting for the cycle and drove in four runs with a two-run double in the top of the second inning and a two-run triple in the fifth.
Reed got all of its scoring in two innings. A three-run rally in the second got things rolling, but it was the six-run fifth frame that put an exclamation point on the win that sent it to the championship.
In the fifth, Landeros led off with a single to left field. Two batters later, Levesque blooped a single to shallow left.
Moore came to the plate and crushed a line drive to left field that left the ballpark in a hurry for a three-run homer, doubling the Raiders’ edge to 6-0.
After the Mustangs recorded the second out, Tyler Sumpter singled up the middle. An error at short allowed Cori Gammon to reach safely. Then, Martini roped a sinking liner to center field. A diving attempt came up fruitless and the ball rolled to the fence, plating two and allowing Martini to rumble to third.
Mary Dettling popped up a ball in front of home plate that was dropped by the catcher, allowing Martini to score the final run of the game. It was the second straight day Reed beat the Sierra League’s regular-season champ.