“He pitched very well and we played good defense behind him,” Reed baseball coach John Phenix said. “Wooster will battle and battle you. They are always prepared, and I like the way our kids focused. The game over there the other day, the score was not indicative of how close it really was. That weather and we got a couple breaks. I was happy with our approaches and the way Thomas threw. He got ahead in the count.”
In the top of the first, Cassin Brown and Colton Duminie traded places with back-to-back doubles to start the game and hand the visitors a 1-0 lead.
The Colts doubled their advantage in the second inning when Joel Sax led off with a double and came home on an RBI groundout by Jaymes Spang.
Then Reed got to work offensively.
Mark Nowaczewski opened the bottom half of the second with a two-bagger and cut the deficit in half on Brett Chaney’s RBI single.
The Raiders tied it up in the bottom of the third. After Casey Higgins was hit by a pitch and stole second base, Joey Dice drove him home with a soft liner to shallow center field.
Reed sustained its first rally of the game in the bottom of the fifth to give itself a cushion.
An infield base hit by Tyler Starley started the rally with two outs. He swiped second and came home on Dice’s second RBI base knock of the game.
Then Nowaczewski followed by belting a low breaking ball over the left-field fence for a two-run home run. He and Dice both went 2-for-3 with two RBI to lead the Blue and Gold.
Reed tacked on one more run in the bottom of the sixth to account for the final four-run margin.
Kevin Koszuth led off with a single, moved to second on a sacrifice bunt and scored on the play when the throw to third went to the fence.
Sertic held Wooster hitless over the final four innings. He gave two runs on four hits, while walking one and striking out four.
Reed (13-9, 8-6) will host Galena Saturday in a league doubleheader starting at 11 a.m.
“We’ve got a tough schedule the rest of the way,” Phenix said. “Everybody is pretty much in the same boat, the top five, six or seven teams, which kind of makes it fun. I like it that way.”
Spanish Springs 16, North Valleys 6, six innings
The Spanish Springs Cougars capped a sweep with a second mercy-rule shortened contest against North Valleys.
Spanish Springs pushed across 16 runs on 16 hits as 10 different players recorded a hit in the six-inning game.
Matt Mannens and Kenny Semenko represented the top of the order well for the Purple and Silver. Mannens went 3-for-5, including a homer, with four runs scored and two RBI, while Semenko was 3-for-3 with two runs and one RBI in the rout.
Lucas Jones and Vinny Agliolo both went 2-for-4 for the Cougs.
Chase Hauder pitched five innings to earn the victory on the mound. Only two of the six Panther runs were earned. He gave up seven hits and struck out one batter.
Spanish Springs doubled seven times against North Valleys pitching.
The Cougars (17-7, 10-4) have a Saturday home doubleheader against Douglas.