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Reed overcomes heartbreaker, wins nightcap of DH
by Record-Courier and Tribune Reports
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Nevada Appeal/Shannon Litz -- Douglas third baseman Dillon Lopez awaits a throw as Reed's Joey Dice dives into third base Saturday.
Nevada Appeal/Shannon Litz -- Douglas third baseman Dillon Lopez awaits a throw as Reed's Joey Dice dives into third base Saturday.
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After losing a heartbreaker in Game 1 of Saturday’s doubleheader, the Reed baseball squad persevered in the nightcap to earn a Division I North crossover series split at Douglas.

The Tigers picked up a 3-2 walk-off victory in the opener, but couldn’t keep that momentum as the Raiders rolled to a 10-3 triumph in Game 2.

Douglas couldn’t get anything going against Reed ace right-hander Mark Nowaczewski in the second game Saturday. Nowaczewski had a no-hitter going through three innings and got plenty of run support early on.

That wasn’t the case for the Blue and Gold in the opener.

With the first game tied at 2, and runners on first and second with one out in the bottom of the seventh, Douglas catcher Kaleb Foster belted a sharp foul ball square into the left elbow of Tiger cleanup hitter Nolan Weintz, who was standing in Douglas' on-deck circle.

Weintz retreated to the dugout and applied an ice pack to the elbow while Foster worked a four-pitch at-bat into a single to load the bases with one out.

That single chased Reed starter Thomas Sertic, who had been superb through 6 1-3 innings.

Weintz then stepped to the plate, fought through several pitches and belted a 2-2 pitch into the left-center gap for the game-winning hit.

Trailing 2-1, Cody Carter led the bottom of the seventh off with a big double to right-center.

That brought leadoff man Dusty Fisher to the plate and he doubled as well, bringing Carter around for the tying run.

Chase White grounded into an apparent fielder's choice to the left side of the infield but Fisher held the throw up by leading several steps off of second base before retreating in time for White to reach first safely.

That brought up Foster, who kept the inning going with his base hit.

The walk-off base hit gave pitcher Kyle Johnson the win. He struck out six while walking three and scattering just two hits over seven innings of work.

Sertic was equally strong on the mound, striking out three, walking one and allowing just six hits until the final inning.

Reed took a 2-0 lead on an RBI single by Brett Chaney in the top of the third and a sacrifice fly in the top of the fourth by Jonathan Pinto.

Douglas cut the lead in half in the bottom of the sixth when Cale Kynett doubled Foster home.

Reed (17-11, 12-8) finishes out the regular season at home against Spanish Springs Wednesday and at SSHS Thursday.

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