Reed got by Douglas in its first game of its 2008 campaign Thursday, dropping the Tigers 5-2. It’s second game, Thursday night, was a different story as Reed was dumped 7-0 by Damonte Ranch.
Five runs in the first two innings were enough to propel Reed over Douglas.
Casey Yocom got Reed on the board with a triple, scoring on a balk. With one out, CJ Maldonaldo walked and advanced to second base on a groundout. With two outs, Dohn Matteoni singled and sent Maldonaldo home to put Reed ahead 2-0 after the first inning.
In the second inning, Reed’s Derek Garcia got a one-out double and Chris Hawthorne singled to put two players on the bags for Reed. Yocom followed and reached on an error on the Douglas pitcher, who threw the ball into center field while trying to start a double play at second base. The miscue allowed Garcia to score and Hawthorne to make it to third. Tyson Barton singled for an RBI and Maldonaldo doubled for another RBI, giving the Raiders a 5-0 lead.
In the third inning, Douglas joined the scoring party with a solo home run from all-league catcher Jordan Hadlock. An inning later, Douglas’ Tim Rudnick had a leadoff triple and Jeff Crozier brought him home on a grounder.
Steve McDonald got the win on the hill for Reed, throwing four innings. He gave up three hits, two runs, two walks and struck out five. Kyle Wood and Sam Petrie combined for three innings of hitless relief for the Raiders.
In the second game of the day, Reed went scoreless against Damonte Ranch.
Starting pitcher Derric Williford of Reed and Jake Johnson of Damonte Ranch both had shutouts going until the fourth inning when the visiting Mustangs warmed up their bats.
Ahead 1-0 at the top of five, the Mustangs broke down Reed’s bullpen. Williford pitched four and two-third innings. He gave up four runs, three hits and five walks while collecting seven strikeouts.
Aaron Taylor relieved Williford in the fifth inning but gave up two walks and was unable to get an out. Junior Joey Moore came in to close the inning but it was too late for Reed. The Mustangs took advantage of six walks in the fifth inning to score four runs and take a 5-0 edge.
Cody Stevens got a one-out double for the Mustangs and would score on a single from Taylor Bates. Vince Bevin doubled to push Bates across the plate to finish off the 7-0 rout.
Johnson earned the Mustangs’ win after tossing five and a third innings. He posted six strikeouts and gave up five hits, no runs and two walks. Ray Daniels closed the game out on the fill for Damonte. He did not give up a hit while whiffing three in recording the final five outs.
“We’ve got a lot of work ahead of us,” Reed coach Jon Foss said. “We didn’t hit the ball well ...We need to be mentally tougher.”
Foss said his team needs to work on being ahead in the count and put in more effort on offense.
“Defensively we’re fine,” he said. “We took care of the ball and did what we need to do.”
Reed continues preseason tourney play today at home at 5 p.m. against Santa Clara High School.