The Raiders rolled to a 7-1 home win over Bishop Manogue, improving to 12-2 overall and 9-0 in Northern 4A league play.
Reed ran itself out of the first inning when two runners were caught in rundowns during the same play. The unorthodox double play fired up the visiting dugout.
“I’d call it some pretty good defense. They executed when we rounded first. We had our two best runners on base,” Reed softball coach Jon Wunder said. “They played it well. I don’t know if I take that chance late in the game, but early we were going to see what we could do to manufacture some runs.”
While Reed starting pitcher Jackie Sertic mowed down the opposition with three straight strikeouts in the first inning, the Miners turned their defensive play into offensive momentum. The first two batters of the top of the second hit the ball hard. One shot led to an out in right field and the other went for Manogue’s first base hit.
However, Sertic was able to dodge bullets all day. The sophomore right-hander scattered eight hits through the first six innings, but didn’t allow a run until the top of the seventh when an error let the leadoff hitter on base. A second error allowed the run to score.
“It was a solid pitching performance by Jackie. They’re a good hitting team and the reigning regional champs,” Wunder said. “For her to pretty much have a shutout going into that seventh inning, you can’t ask for much more than that.”
Sertic struck out seven and walked one in the complete-game victory.
A base running mistake in the second ended Reed’s potential threat as the trailing runner was picked off at first by Miners catcher Jocelyn Young.
But the Raiders finally broke through in the bottom of the third.
With two runners on and two outs, Mary Dettling took the first pitch she saw from reliever Bailey Oos-Johns and sent a laser over the left-center field fence for a 3-0 lead.
“Mary’s three-run home run with two outs was really an emotional lift and sparked us,” Wunder said.
In the bottom of the fourth frame, Makaela Moore led off with a grounder to third that couldn’t be handled. Courtesy runner Kiara Shirley advanced all the way to third when Danaya Thompson ripped a single down the left-field line. The ball was bobbled in left field, enabling Thompson to scoot up to second.
After a strikeout, Young tried to pick off Thompson at second, but the throw was in the dirt and Shirley sprinted home, making it a 4-0 game. It also cost Lindsay Yearman an RBI as she belted a double to the base of the fence in left field, leaving runners on second and third.
Laura Frost singled home a run, before stealing second base to get in scoring position for Cori Gammon, who drove home a pair of runs with a line drive single past a diving shortstop. That left the score 7-0 in favor of the Blue and Gold.
Reed will be at Galena Thursday for a 3:45 p.m. contest.