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Reed caps sweep of Manogue, 5-4
by Damian Tromerhauser
Mar 23, 2013 | 3147 views | 0 0 comments | 7 7 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Tribune photo by John Byrne -- Reed pitcher Chris Flores fires a pitch to the plate during the Raiders' 5-4 home win over Manogue Saturday.
Tribune photo by John Byrne -- Reed pitcher Chris Flores fires a pitch to the plate during the Raiders' 5-4 home win over Manogue Saturday.
Late in its game at Reed Saturday, it looked as though Bishop Manogue was going to steal a win away from the Raiders. Fortunately for the Blue and Gold, it managed its own comeback effort in the sixth inning en route to a 5-4 win and a Division I North sweep of the Miners.

“They’re a good team,” Reed coach John Phenix said of Manogue. “We were happy we won the other day, so to get two wins from them with a quality pitcher on the mound is huge. Standings wise, it’s still early in the season, but momentum wise and confidence wise for our kids it’s big. They’re a young team though and they’re still learning.”

After Reed’s Joey Dice scored on a passed ball in the bottom of the fifth to push the Raiders’ lead to 3-1, Manogue picked up the pace in the sixth.

A leadoff walk to Devonte German was followed by a two-run homer off the bat of Kyle Pruneau to tie the game at 3-3. Pat Hinojosa then reached base safely on a Raider error before rounding the bases on a single into right field by Logan Howard to take a 4-3 lead.

The Miners’ advantage didn’t last long though.

Leading off the bottom of the sixth, Tyler Starley ripped a triple to the right-center field gap. With the tying run 90 feet away, Jonathan Pinto dropped a double into right center to knot the contest at 4-4. A strikeout momentarily slowed the Raider attack, but a pinch-hitting Brandon Koszuth then dug into the batter’s box and roped a triple down the right-field line to score a pinch-running Patrick Burrows for a 5-4 RHS lead.

“What I saw today is I saw our kids step up,” Phenix said. “And it’s not always the same guy. It’s different people. I told them they have to carry each other. If someone goes down, then someone else has to step up and that’s what they’re doing. The thing I like about them is they’re pulling for one another. If they take the position of someone else, that guy is pulling for him. It’s great.”

With its last trip to the plate in the seventh, Manogue was unable to extend the game, but the Miners put a scare into the Reed faithful before succumbing.

After Raiders’ reliever Mark Nowaczewski retired the first two batters of the inning, a walk to German put the tying run on base and brought the go-ahead run to the plate. Pruneau then stepped into the box with a home run already under his belt and swung for the fences, sending Reed center fielder Dice drifting to the warning track for the final out of the game.

Nowaczewski earned the win for the Raiders, tossing two strikeouts with one walk and no hits or runs over 1 1/3 innings. Chris Flores started on the mound for Reed, going 5 2/3 innings. Flores struck out three and walked three while allowing six hits and four runs, three earned.

“He pitched well, very well,” Phenix said of his starter. “I was happy Chris got that many innings in because he really hadn’t started. We’ve been trying to build him up a little bit, but he’s a starter for us and he stepped up and wanted the ball.

“Then for Mark to come in and close the door, that’s good. Hopefully that can get him into a rhythm.”

To start the game, Manogue took a 1-0 lead in the first inning, but Reed jumped ahead with two in the second. A single from Pinto was followed by a triple into the right-center gap by Casey Higgins, who was promptly brought home on a successful suicide squeeze bunt by Dylan Miller.

Pinto and Higgins led Reed at the plate with a pair of 2-or-3 efforts. Pinto’s 2-for-3 day included a double as he accounted for one run and one RBI. Higgins added a double to his triple.

Reed (8-3, 4-2) visits Reno on Tuesday. First pitch is set for 3:45 p.m.
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