A year ago, Reed was upset in the second round of regional play but battled back through the losers bracket to win the tourney. On Thursday, Reed lost its tournament opener 8-5 to Carson and then was eliminated in its second game, falling 8-7 to Douglas.
“I’m pretty bummed but I’ve been coaching a long time,” Charles said. “Sometimes you have it and sometimes you don’t. We didn’t have it today.”
Reed, the HDL runner-up, dropped into the losers’ bracket after suffering the three-run defeat at the hands of Sierra League No. 3 seed Carson in its first-round game Thursday afternoon.
“We have kind of had a chip on our shoulders since early in the year when a few newspaper articles said our side was the weaker of the two (Northern 4A) leagues. We wanted to hold up our end,” Carson coach Scott Vickery said.
Carson’s five-run sixth inning doomed Reed. Carson faced a 4-3 deficit after five innings, but went to work in the sixth. Moriah Lane and Lauren Knorzer led off the inning for the Senators with singles. A walk to Daria Leid loaded the bases. Kristin Withrow hit a sacrifice fly to knot the game at 4-4. Carson’s Krista McGahey then laced an RBI single and Emily Collins stroked a two-run double for a 7-4 CHS edge. An RBI double by Jaclyn Young capped the Carson scoring.
Reed got a run back in the seventh but could get no closer than the final 8-5 margin.
“We’re capable of scoring,” Vickery said. “I knew if we limited our errors, we could hit the ball. Reed’s got a great squad. Even when we were up four, with three outs to go, I wasn’t comfortable.”
Carson jumped ahead early with two runs in the second, but Reed answered with a two runs of its own after Cori Gammon reached on an error and Kristy Pasley crushed a homer to left field.
Two Carson errors in the fourth allowed Reed’s Mary Dettling to reach safely and circle the sacks, pushing the Raiders on top 3-2. Carson pushed across a single score in the top of the fifth to knot the score at 3-3.
Reed took its last lead with a run in the bottom of the fifth. Pasley walked and her courtesy runner, Amanda Leighton, came home to score following a Sydney Jones sacrifice bunt and Shivaun Landeros RBI single.
•Reed saw its season end with the heart-breaking one-run loss to Douglas. Reed took a 5-3 lead into the bottom of the sixth but Sierra League champion Douglas put together a five-run sixth-inning rally to forge ahead 8-5.
The Raiders tried to come back. Senior shortstop Brooke Silva ripped a two-run double off the fence in the top of the seventh, trimming the Tigers’ lead to the final 8-7 margin. Too bad for Reed, that’s as close as it could get.
“I’m disappointed,” Charles said. “It’s the first time we’ve ever been knocked out on the first day. We’ve been harping on it all year. Our defense could hurt us and we didn’t play good enough defense to win. In the end, we didn’t play well and they beat us.”