However, in the end, it was the Raiders who got the last laugh.
After losing 5-1 in the opener, and falling behind 5-0 in the second game, Reed scored 11 unanswered runs as the Raiders earned a split with an 11-5 triumph.
“To be honest with you, I was disappointed. I don’t like playing baseball that way. We’re not in Zone yet. It’s just a game,” Reed baseball coach John Phenix said of the trash talking. “What I heard coming from their dugout, especially when Mark (Nowaczewski) was pitching, I didn’t appreciate. I told (Galena coach) Ron (McNutt) that. I told our kids that I didn’t want to hear them communicating to their team. They were chirping the whole game, and there were a couple plays I thought they should be tossed.”
Brandon Koszuth was the big bat in the Raiders’ lineup, going 3-for-4 with four RBI in the win. With Reed trailing 5-0, he laced a single up the middle to start the bottom of the fourth inning.
A one-out single by Dylan Miller moved Brandon Koszuth to third and a bad throw from the outfield allowed Miller to end up on second.
Reed tallied its first run on a Brett Chaney RBI groundout.
With two outs, the Raiders scored five more to go up 6-5 after four innings of play.
Alec Leighton blooped an RBI single into shallow right field.
Jon Pinto singled back through the box. Casey Higgins was hit by a pitch, leaving the sacks full of Raiders.
Patrick Burrows doubled for the second time in the game, driving in two runs.
Still with the bases loaded, Brandon Koszuth sliced a grounder between shortstop and third, knocking in the tying and go-ahead runs.
Galena threatened in the top of the sixth as its first two batters singled and advanced 90 feet on a sacrifice bunt.
However, Tim Lichty flew out to center field and Joey Dice gunned out Ben Barnard at the plate, ending a threat.
Dice then delivered at the plate, one-hopping the fence in left-center field for an RBI double. He got to take his time coming home after Brandon Koszuth launched a ‘no-doubter’ well beyond the right-field fence, increasing the gap to 9-5.
Reed finished off the rally on a two-run single by Leighton. Leighton, Miller and Burrows all contributed two hits in the home team’s 12-hit attack.
Game 2 was shaping up to be a lot like the early contest.
Like the first game, the nightcap saw Galena score first in the second inning.
Cole Fenner led off with a single off Reed starting pitcher Mark Nowaczewski. Fenner made it 1-0 when he scampered home on a sacrifice fly by Chaz Clark.
The Grizzlies padded their cushion in the top of the third thanks to several Reed miscues.
Following a strikeout, Lichty singled on a line drive over Nowaczewski’s head. A hit batsman put runners on first and second.
Eric Anderson smoked a line drive that got past Leighton at second base, allowing Lichty to come home from second. A sacrifice bunt advanced runners to second and third.
An errant pickoff attempt to second base enabled the runner from third to score.
Clark followed with an RBI single up the middle, and Brock Raggio crushed a run-scoring double to deep center field, extending the lead to 5-0. Nowaczewski did not come back out to the mound for the fourth frame.
Kevin Koszuth pitched a 1-2-3 fourth for the Blue and Gold and then the hosts got their bats going.
Reed posted a six-spot in the bottom of the fourth to take its first lead of the game, putting Kevin Koszuth in line for the victory after he threw scoreless innings of relief.
Fenner and Raggio chipped in two hits to the losing cause.
In Game 1 of the twin bill, both teams rapped out six hits, but Galena made the most of their opportunities.
The Grizzlies took the lead for good with a three-run rally in the top of the second.
Fenner belted a leadoff home run. A triple by Anderson, walk and hit batsman loaded the bases for Raggio, who drove in a pair with a single.
Galena added two more runs in the top of the seventh before giving up the shutout in the bottom half of the inning.
Fenner had an RBI double and the final run scored a sacrifice bunt.
Fenner, Anderson and Raggio each had two hits apiece for the Grizzlies, while no other GHS player recorded a base hit.
In the bottom of the seventh, Reed erased the goose egg after Chaney capped his 3-for-3 performance with a double. He later scored on a bases-loaded walk to Higgins. Higgins was 2-for-2 at the plate.
Nathan Barry recorded the pitching win for the Grizzlies. He worked 5 2-3 innings of scoreless ball. He allowed five hits and three walks, while striking out three.
Chris Flores picked up the hard-luck loss. He allowed three runs on five hits in five innings on the mound. He walked four, hit one batter and struck out two.
“In the first game, we hit the ball on the nose and they made some plays,” Phenix said. “The kid pitched good, that little lefty. I was happy with the focus in the first game. We just couldn’t get a key hit when he had runners on, and we didn’t have a lot of multiple runners on. I wasn’t disappointed in the first game at all. Even though he lost the game, I was proud of the way Chris came back.”
Reed (14-10, 9-7) is back in league action Tuesday at Hug. First pitch is scheduled for 3:45 p.m.