Reed’s Casey Yocom and Carson’s Matt Rutledge matched zeros in the close contest for the majority of the game. Rutledge struck out 13 in five innings and Yocom tossed 14 in six innings of work for the Raiders.
“Between Matt and Casey that was a great game,” Reed coach Nick Royle said. “It was a pitchers’ game…We were excited. Both dugouts were into the game.”
Eric Martinez and Casey Yocom were issued back-to-back walks for Reed in the bottom of the fifth. Fabian Reza then rapped out a two-run single for Reed to get the local school on the scoreboard late in the game.
“It’s unusual for us to not put up runs,” Royle said. “You’ve got to tip your hat to Carson.”
The Raiders improved to 9-5 with the two-run triumph over the visiting Senators.
Royle said the key to Reed’s win was getting runners on base and being able to move them.
“There were lots of strikeouts (in the game),” he said. “We weren’t too aggressive and Carson was. In the fifth, we got some guys on and moved them to get some runs.”
Yocom said the early walks in the fifth helped his team’s momentum.
“He (Rutledge) ran out of gas. He’s a great pitcher,” Yocom said. “I was selective because he was struggling at that point.”
Yocom said he is excited to finish the series against the Senators as it could give Reed a preview of a team it could see in the playoffs.
Reed and Carson finish up the non-league three-game series Saturday in Carson City.