You might ask yourself how exciting a Monday non-league softball game could be.
But when you’re the Lady Raiders and waiting all year, or for the five seniors, waiting their entire high school careers for this moment, a few raindrops and dark clouds couldn’t diminish this day that has been a quarter century in the making.
Reed opened its new on-campus softball field Monday. After a quick walk through by the three umpires around the grass in shallow right field, it was good to go, and the Raiders rolled to a 10-0 victory over the Greenwave.
“It’s a really big deal. It really is,” said senior pitcher Shivaun Landeros, who pitched the first three innings for the victory. “Almost all the seniors were out here every day during spring break working on stuff. I think out of everybody, we wanted it the most.”
Fallon leadoff hitter Cassie Bell will forever be part of Raider history at the new softball field after singling to start the game. She was immediately erased from the base paths when senior catcher Makaela Moore picked her off at first.
Landeros recorded back-to-back strikeouts to end the top half of the first inning and then it was Reed’s turn to make history.
Senior leadoff hitter Gori Gammon sliced a double into the left-center field gap for the Raiders’ first hit at their new ballpark and the first extra base hit by any team.
Senior Hannah Martini dropped down a bunt single, putting runners on the corners.
A walk to Mary Dettling loaded the bases, but the first run scored at the new field was a little anti-climatic. An illegal pitch allowed each runner to move up a base.
The second run wasn’t much more dramatic. A dropped pop up at short made it 2-0 when Martini crossed home.
Reed got its first runs batted in at its new field with two outs in the first. Danaya Thompson capped the four-run first and drove in a pair with a single.
The Raiders posted another four spot in the second inning to go ahead 8-0.
Megan Dettling led off the bottom of the second with a single and scored all the way from first when Gammon yanked a double to right field. Gammon went 2-for-2 with three runs scored.
“It was awesome. I couldn’t be happier. I had a lot of adrenaline,” Gammon said. “We haven’t practiced on it, so it was a little weird, but I could get used to it.”
With one out, Mary Dettling ripped a line drive to center field, plating Gammon.
Landeros reached on an infield single and an Andi Lee single back up the middle increased the advantage to 7-0. Two batters later, Thompson ripped a frozen rope to center field for an RBI single. She went 2-for-2 with three RBI in the win.
The Blue and Gold got its final two runs in the third inning on a wild pitch and RBI groundout by Landeros.
After Megan Dettling and Jackie Sertic pitched scoreless fourth and fifth innings to combine on the one-hitter, the game ended via the 10-run mercy rule.
Landeros struck out four and walked one in her three innings of work, her first outing since injuring her shoulder in the beginning of the spring.
“Personally, if I was going to come back and pitch my first game, I’d want it to be on this field. It feels really good,” Landeros said.
Martini had two hits and scored a couple runs. Mary Dettling was 1-for-1 with two walks and two runs, helping Reed improve to 21-3 overall.
Everyone on the Raiders got a chance to play on the new field.
“At the beginning with the weather it was looking a little bit shaky, but it settled down and we got the game in. I’m just really appreciative of Fallon and them being patient with us and taking this game, allowing us to pull some balls out of play for some firsts,” Reed softball coach Jon Wunder said. “They’re a class act and we appreciate their patience. This has been a long time coming. It wouldn’t be possible without our parents and administration.”
Reed is back in Northern 4A action today when it travels to Bishop Manogue for a 3:45 p.m. first pitch.