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Reno rolls to baseball sweep over Reed
by Aaron Retherford
Mar 28, 2013 | 3212 views | 0 0 comments | 4 4 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Coming off their first league sweep in their last series, the Reed Raiders gave back that momentum by suffering their first sweep of the spring.

On Thursday, Reno came to town and finished off the two-game sweep, posting four runs in the first and cruising to an 11-5 victory.

The Huskies benefited from some poor defense in the top of the first to grab the lead for good.

Garrett Hampson led off the game with a double off the left-field fence. A bunt single and walk loaded the bases.

After Reed starting pitcher Thomas Sertic struck out clean-up hitter Jeremy Peterson, Graham MacMillan hit a groundball to third that could have gone for an inning-ending double play. Instead, the ball was booted and two runs came around to score on the error.

With runners on first and second, Chip Bouchard followed with an RBI single to center field. Bouchard took advantage of a late throw home, making a run for second base. He was dead to rights, but the throw to second was off the mark and allowed MacMillan to scamper home for the fourth run.

“We should have been out of the inning with no runs, and they took advantage of it,” Reed baseball coach John Phenix said. “You just can’t do that. They had some good hitting. I didn’t think Thomas threw that bad.”

Reed went down in order in the first against Reno hurler Matt Young. The Huskies southpaw almost pulled the same trick again in the second, but Brandon Koszuth ripped a breaking ball, sending a laser over the right-field fence to cut the deficit to 4-1.

However, in the third, the Huskies played a little long ball of their own. After Austin Atkerson was hit by a pitch in the dirt, Peterson crushed a Sertic offering off the tree beyond the fence in left-center field, increasing the visitors’ lead to 6-1.

“Their shortstop (Hampson) was 5-for-5 today. He’s awesome. We’re just not going to pitch to him anymore,” Phenix said. “But then you have Peterson behind him, so what are you going to do?…They’ve got three or four guys in the order who are tough outs. You better pound the ball in the ground because if they get it airborne it’s out of here. Peterson’s ball hit that tree and almost knocked it over.”

In the bottom of the fourth, it was Reno’s turn to have a defensive collapse.

Reed scored two unearned runs thanks to a pair of errors. It could have been three straight errors if a safe call at first had not been overturned. Dylan Miller stroked a run-scoring double to left field, slicing the gap to 6-3.

A two-out rally in the sixth helped the Huskies extend their lead back up to five. With a runner on first, Young aided his cause from the No. 9 hole by tripling to the right-center field gap.

Hampson continued his perfect performance at the plate with an RBI single -- his fourth hit in as many at-bats -- pushing the advantage to 8-3.

Reed got a run back in the bottom half of the inning when Tyler Starley skied a shot to right field that narrowly stayed inside the foul pole for a solo homer. The Raiders couldn’t get closer than the 8-4 deficit.

Reno locked in on Reed reliever Austin May in the seventh frame. With two runners on, Kevin Wallace went opposite field for a three-run home run, padding the cushion to 11-4.

The Raiders pushed across one run in the bottom of the seventh on a run-scoring bloop single by Jon Pinto.

Hampson finished the game 5-for-5 with three singles and two doubles.

Miller was the lone Raider with two hits as he rapped two doubles in the loss.

Young recorded the victory on the mound, allowing four runs -- two earned -- on four hits over 5 1-3 innings of work. He struck out nine and walked three.

Sertic took the loss after going 5 2-3 innings. Only four of the eight runs were earned, but he gave up 10 hits, walked two and hit two batters. Sertic finished with six strikeouts.

Reed (8-5, 4-4) will try to get back on track when it hosts North Valleys at 6 p.m. Saturday.

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