However, the Panthers picked the right time to get their bats going as the visitors stunned the Raiders, 2-1, earning a series split after dropping the opener 9-0 Friday.
In the top of the seventh with Reed leading 1-0 on a fifth-inning squeeze play, North Valleys' Valerie Quam stepped to the plate and hit a grounder to third. The throw pulled first baseman Marriah Levesque off the bag, allowing the leadoff batter to reach base.
A sacrifice bunt advanced Quam to scoring position, and Sertic lost her no-hitter on an Amy Pinder single to center field, putting runners on the corners. Pinder took second base without a throw and North Valleys pitcher Bailey Glover gave herself the pitching win when she drove a two-run double to the left-center field gap.
Reed got a runner to third in the bottom of the seventh, but it became the ninth runner left on base in the game for the Blue and Gold.
“It’s the way it’s been all year. I don’t know if I want to call it an upset, but there are some games that are surprising and getting some people’s attention,” Reed softball coach Jon Wunder said. “This was certainly one of them. Bailey is a good pitcher. She came in for relief the other day and didn’t have her stuff. She came back today with a weekend of rest and she just had a little more going today.”
Sertic faced the minimum number of batters through six innings. A runner reached on a second-inning error, but was erased from the base paths while attempting to steal. Sertic finished with 12 strikeouts in the three-hitter.
For the Panthers, Glover scattered six hits while walking five and striking out five.
Offensively, Mackenzie Goins doubled for the Raiders and her bunt plated the team’s lone run in the fifth.
“It just shows you when you let the other team hang around, they don’t give up,” Wunder said. “Give them all the credit. They deserve to get that win at the end. I look at it as you never want to lose, but if you lose, let’s do it now. Let’s respond and get these girls angry and fired up. The toughest part of our season is straight ahead.”
Reed (18-4-3, 9-1) is at Carson Thursday and has a doubleheader against Spanish Springs Saturday.