The error-free defense was the biggest bright spot for Reed. The Raiders had struggled through their first six games on the defensive side of the diamond, giving up more than their fair share of unearned runs. That trend was nowhere to be found Thursday as Reed (4-1-2) played its first perfect defensive game of the young season.
"I was really happy with the defense," Reed coach Jon Wunder said. "We are working to clean that up. We're still moving kids around, trying to see what rises to the top. So, it's still a work in progress but today was good. I also liked that the girls coming off the bench really contributed."
Reed junior Megan Dettling handled the pitching chores and was sharp in the circle. She struck out eight and walked just one en route to earning the complete-game victory. She allowed only one hit in the sterling performance, a third-inning single to Kyla Duggins.
"She throws hard," first-year North Valleys coach Danielle Verlanick said of Dettling. "She hit her locations and we couldn't do much about it. Plus, they played good defense behind her."
The floodgates never opened for the RHS offense but it clustered enough positives together to get its five runs, which was more than enough with Dettling limiting North Valleys to zeros.
Reed got on the scoreboard in the bottom of the first. Cassy Walsh singled and Mary Dettling doubled her home.
The RHS gang extended its edge to 3-0 with a pair of third-inning scores. Marriah Levesque and Mary Dettling both singled. They moved up to second and third after a double steal. They both came home after a Lindsay Yearman double.
Reed wasn't done offensively. It tacked on two more insurance scores in the fourth frame. Walsh reached on a fielder's choice, then moved around to third after a stolen base and wild pitch. She scored when Mary Dettling reached on an error. Mary Dettling accounted for Reed's fifth and final run after Denaya Thompson singled and the ball was misplayed in the North Valleys' outfield.
"We got some timely hits and that was not the case the other day when we left eight runners on base," Wunder said, alluding to his team's struggles in a 3-0 home win over Carson two days earlier.
"We talked about pitch selection, making the pitcher throw strikes and when she does, taking advantage."
Reed gets the weekend off from games but returns to the diamond for competitive action Tuesday when it hosts perennial Nevada small school power Fernley at 3:45 p.m.