Reed took a 3-1 lead into the top of the sixth, but scored three times in the inning and four more in the top of the seventh to put down any Elko hopes of a comeback.
Reed helped its cause by rapping out 18 hits while it limited Elko to three. Casey Yocom was the main reason. The Raiders' senior right-hander tossed six and two-thirds innings. He struck out eight and walked four in the winning performance.
All three of Reed's sixth inning scores came with two outs. Fabian Reza tripled and Yocom doubled in the Raiders' sixth. Eric Martinez ripped a two-run double for the RHS crew in the seventh.
Reed never trailed. The Raiders scored two runs in the top of the first and played from ahead the rest of the way. Duran DiQuarto had a run-scoring single and Sam Petrie roped an RBI double to account for the first-inning Reed runs.
Reed and Elko (5-4, 0-1) meet again today in eastern Nevada, concluding their three-game HDL series with two games that start at 10 a.m.
The Reed Raiders dug their heels in to win a slim 1-0 HDL game in Elko Friday in prep softball action.
Destiny Levesque was the star of the show, pitching all seven innings for the Raiders, finishing with the shut out. She gave up six hits and one walk but racked up eight strikeouts.
In the fourth inning, Kristy Pasley walked to get a runner on for Reed. Alex Corona was hit by a pitch to advance Amber Hill, a pinch runner for Pasley, into scoring position. Levesque helped her own cause with a RBI single to send Pasley home.
“We needed someone to step up,” Reed coach Ray Charles said. “I was excited for her to get an opportunity. She did a good job.”
The lone run in the fourth held out to give Reed it's fourth straight league win and help Reed stay undefeated at 4-0 in the High Desert League. They are 7-2 overall.
Reed only totaled four hits in the contest.
“They (Elko) did a good job,” Charles said. “Their pitchers kept us off balance. We gutted it out and found a way to win.”
Elko hosts the rest of the series with a doubleheader today, set to begin at 10 a.m.