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Raiders Sweep
by Dan Eckles
Apr 21, 2012 | 1270 views | 0 0 comments | 7 7 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Tribune photo by Nathan Orme - Spanish Springs’ Bella Rovens slides safely into second base as Reed shortstop Shivaun Landeros absorbs the contact.
Tribune photo by Nathan Orme - Spanish Springs’ Bella Rovens slides safely into second base as Reed shortstop Shivaun Landeros absorbs the contact.
The Reed High softball team took a giant step forward Saturday in its quest to win a Northern 4A League championship. The Raiders swept perennial state power Spanish Springs 13-3 and 3-1 in a pair of conference clashes at SSHS.

“The league race isn’t over, but we’re in a good spot,” Reed coach Jon Wunder said. “We still need to win a couple more, against whoever. We want to win every game, but we’re only focusing on them one at a time. It would be nice to win league, but that’s not the big prize.”

The wins were Reed’s first over Spanish Springs since the 2009 season when the Raiders won the Northern 4A crown and were the state runners-up.

“We hit the ball when we needed to,” Wunder said. “We got two great pitching performances. These were complete wins. We had kids contribute top to bottom.”

The visiting Raiders rode a wave of momentum late in Game 1. The RHS nine broke open a close game in the top of the seventh inning. Reed led 5-3, but scored eight runs in the top of inning seven of the opener to account for the final 10-run margin.

In Game 2, Reed scored first and never trailed en route to picking up the key conference sweep.

Reed’s offense did not disappoint all day. In Game 1, the Raiders scored three runs in the first inning off of SSHS ace Brette Lawrence. They then turned around and tagged her for two more in the second, building an early 5-0 lead.

In the first, Cori Gammon singled and Hannah Martini reached on an error. After a groundout, Gammon scored on a wild pitch. Shivaun Landeros was hit by a pitch. Martini and Landeros came plateward after RBI singles by Makaela Moore and Andi Lee.

An inning later, Megan Dettling and Gammon singled. Both were plated when Mary Dettling rapped out a two-run single that gave Reed its 5-0 lead.

Spanish Springs began to chip away. Lawrence settled in from there and held Reed scoreless over the next four frames. Meanwhile,the Cougars got a run back in the third when Bella Rovens singled and scored on a Lawrence double. They added a pair of runs in the fourth to trim Reed’s lead to 5-3. Rovens and Lawence both singled and circled the sacks for the pair of runs.

That’s as good as it got for the hosts in the opener. Reed collected five hits, got a walk and a hit batter to score eight runs in its half of the seventh. Mary Dettling laced a two-run single and Landeros bashed a three-run homer to center field to highlight the rally.

The long ball by Landeros was just the eighth ever to leave the yard at SSHS and she became just the fifth different player to record the feat.

“We scored three runs in the first and two in the second but didn’t score again until the seventh,” Wunder said. “Five runs is not enough against a good team. We wanted to score in the seventh. Almost all of those seventh-inning runs came with two outs. Hitting is contagious. Brette is a great pitcher. To score that many off of her is an accomplishment.”

Megan Dettling worked the first six innings for Reed in the circle and picked up the pitching win. She struck out seven and walked four while allowing the three runs on five hits.

Game 2 was a much different kind of game. The cross-town rivals were locked in a scoreless pitchers’ duel for four innings.

Reed took the lead in the top of the fifth. Andi Lee scored for the Raiders after singling and crossing the plate on a Lindsey Yearman single.

“When Reed had runners in scoring position, Reed scored. When we had runners in scoring position, we did not,” Spanish Springs coach Jeff Davidson said. “We did not take advantage of our opportunities.”

The 1-0 edge was short-lived. Spanish Springs knotted the contest in bottom of the inning. Sadye Roulund singled and her courtesy runner, Karlie Merritt, tied the game on a Lawrence single.

Spanish Springs failed to build any momentum after tying the game. Reed scored the go-ahead run in the sixth and tacked on an insurance score in the seventh.

Mary Dettling scored the sixth-inning run for Reed after she walked and Landeros and Lee followed with singles. In the seventh, Gammon roped a liner to the gap in right-center field for a triple and trotted home on a slap single by Martini.

“Reed played excellent,” Davidson said. “They got good pitching and they played perfect defense. When you do those two things, you’re going to give yourself a chance to be successful.”

Jackie Sertic earned the pitching win for Reed, silencing the Spanish Springs sticks in a five-hit complete-game game victory. She struck out two and walked three but gave up just the one run.

Freshman right-hander Ally Batastini got the starting nod in Game 2 for Spanish Springs and she was up to the task, keeping her Cougars in contention throughout. However, she was saddled with the loss, allowing three runs on eight hits while fanning five and issuing one base on balls.

Reed (21-3, 14-0) is in action again Monday when it will play Fallon in the first game on its brand new home field on the RHS campus. First pitch is set for 3:45 p.m.

Spanish Springs (18-7, 11-4) hits the diamond again Thursday when it hosts Manogue at 3:45 p.m.

Davidson admitted his team’s hopes of winning a league crown are likely gone following the two losses Saturday, but he stressed there’s plenty to play for in the final month of the season.

“This year, so many teams could win it (the Northern 4A tournament),” the Cougars coach said. “We’ll just work hard, hope to get hot and try to correct some of the mistakes we’re making. This is a teaching moment. We’ve got to continue to work and be prepared.”

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