Traveling to Galena for its Division I North opener, Reed combined a strong outing from pitcher Megan Dettling with a much-improved effort with its bats to cruise to an 11-5 win over the Grizzlies.
Reed held a slim 3-2 advantage after one inning of play, but the second and third innings showed Wunder what he has been looking for.
Britni Greninger led off the top half of the second frame with a shot over the head of the Galena left fielder resulting in a triple. Cassy Walsh then poked a single into left field to score Greninger. A fielder’s choice moved Walsh to second before Mary Dettling reached base safely on a bunt, then advanced to second on a steal, leaving both runners in scoring position. With the table set, freshman Kenzi Goins stepped to the dish and delivered for the Raiders, ripping a single into right field to score the pair for a 6-2 Reed advantage.
After a 1-2-3 bottom of the second, the Blue and Gold went to back to work in the third.
Lindsay Yearman led the inning off with a double down the left-field line before rounding the bases on a single into center from Tyler Sumpter. Having advanced to second on the throw to the plate, Sumpter was then brought home by a Danaya Thompson single up the middle. A fielder’s choice moved Thompson to second where Amanda Leighton came in to pinch run. Afterward, Walsh singled and then stole second to put runners on second and third for Marriah Levesque, who sent a shot back up the middle for an RBI. Goins followed suit with her third RBI of the game as she sent a rocket caroming off the Galena third baseman for a single and a 10-2 RHS lead.
“It was big for us because we just haven’t been scoring a lot of runs this year,” Wunder said of the second- and third-inning outbursts. “Our pitching has been solid and we’ve cleaned our defense up the last couple of games with three shutouts, but today was big because we got big hits.
“We weren’t hitting it in the air. We were hitting line drives and ground balls. We hit the ball hard today and a lot of kids got to hit. We’ve been leaving runners on base so that’s what we worked on the other day. We put runners in scoring position, gave them a 1-1 count just to change their mental approach with runners on base. They did a good job of that today and we got a nice lead early.”
After Reed (6-1-2, 1-0) pushed its lead to 11-2 as Goins scored on an error in the fifth, Galena attempted to claw its way back. The Grizzlies scored a pair in the sixth and one run in the seventh, but was unable to manage the comeback. While Wunder was happy with the victory, he also said he was pleased to see his squad have to fend off the Grizzlies’ late rally.
Goins led the Raider attack with a 3-for-5 day at the plate with three RBI. Megan Dettling also chipped in with three RBI, going 2-for-5 to help her on cause en route to the complete game win in the circle.
“I was actually happy to see them put a rally together because that’s just going to test us so that when we get into those big games in the playoffs we know how to react,” he said. “That experience is going to pay dividends down the road. Overall, I’m just happy with the team performance. We hit, Megan did a great job pitching and defensively we were strong. It was a whole team win and I couldn’t be happier.”
Reed will now visit McQueen for a Division I doubleheader Saturday. Game 1 is scheduled to start at 11 a.m.
Spanish Springs traveled to Douglas Thursday afternoon and came back to the Rail City with a 7-3 victory over the Tigers.
After Douglas grabbed a 1-0 lead in the second inning, the Cougars responded with two runs in the top of the third and three more in the fourth. Down 5-1, the Tigers tallied a run in the bottom of the fourth to cut the deficit to 5-2, but SSHS responded by scoring a pair in the top of the sixth. The home team pushed a run across the plate in the bottom half of the frame, but could not close the gap anymore with its final at-bats.
Brette Lawrence earned the win for Spanish Springs, throwing a complete game with six strikeouts, seven hits allowed and three runs earned.
Sadye Roulund led the charge for the Cougars from the batter’s box, turning in a 2-for-3 day including a home run and a double to account for three RBI. Aubrene Blas had two RBI with a homer and double in her two trips to the dish. Karlie Merritt contributed with a 3-for-4 effort, including a double.
Spanish Springs (6-1) will host Wooster today at 3:45 p.m. before taking on Hug Saturday in a Division I North doubleheader. While Spanish Springs coach Jeff Davidson was happy with the outcome against Douglas, he said there is room for improvement for the Cougars.
“It has to be about focus,” Davidson said. “You have to be focused all the time and mentally prepared both on offense and defense. Today, we played fine but there were times when we weren’t aggressive, especially at the plate. I think it’s the mental focus and toughness that we have to get better at right now.”