Tribune photo by Garrett Valenzuela - Megan Dettling allowed two runs (one earned) on four hits and struck out nine in a complete-game home win over North Valleys Tuesday. She retired the final nine hitters she saw after Reed grabbed a 4-2 lead in the bottom of the fourth.
The Reed softball team was upset by North Valleys twice last week. The Raiders weren’t interested in dropping a third straight to the Panthers when they met Tuesday at Reed.
Reed rode Megan Dettling’s dominant pitching performance and used timely hitting to best North Valleys, 5-2.
“At the end of the day we got that monkey of our back and we’ll certainly take that,” Reed coach Jon Wunder said. “Really, it’s a split in league and that’s what you want.”
Reed improved to 17-2, 9-1 while North Valleys dropped to 6-8-1, 5-5. Reed’s first loss to North Valleys came in a Spring Break tournament last Saturday.
The Panthers grabbed an early 1-0 lead in the top of the first on the Raiders’ lone error of the game, only for Reed took its first lead of the game in the bottom of the second.
After missing out on a bases-loaded opportunity in the bottom of the first, Reed put together a two-out, two-run rally in the second. Kenzie Goins roped a two-run double to center that plated special runner Alexis Gonzalez and Jessica Sellers.
Ryia Grant started the rally by smacking a two-out single to right before getting subbed out for Gonzalez. Sellers followed with a single of her own to send Gonzalez to third before Goins’ laser.
Goins, the Raiders’ sophomore shortstop, played just her third game since missing almost three weeks with a broken finger suffered in the league opener. She finished 2-for-4 with two RBI.
“We knew that was coming. She needed a game or two to break off the rust,” Wunder said. “You put Jess (Sellers) out there at leadoff as a freshman, she swings it, and you put Kenzie behind her, it’s a good 1-2 punch. Definitely.”
Sellers provided Reed’s other timely hit, a two-run go-ahead single in the fourth. With the game tied at two, Sellers slapped a base bit down the right-field line to drive in Grant and Gonzalez.
Sellers finished 2-for-3 with a run and two RBI.
The Raiders scored their final run of the game in the fifth. Britni Greninger led the frame off with a crisp single to left before crossing the plate on Dettling’s RBI groundout to second base.
Dettling picked up the win in the pitcher’s circle allowing two runs (one earned) on four hits in a complete-game effort. She surrendered three free passes and finished with nine strikeouts.
“I thought Megan did outstanding,” Wunder said. “She kept her free bases down. She had (two) walks and a hit batter and we’ll take a hit batter every once in a while. We have to keep them on their toes. Her focus was great late in the game.”
Dettling retired the final nine batters she saw after Sellers’ go-ahead single in the bottom of the fourth.
“She was salty,” Wunder said with a grin.
Bailee Glover started for North Valleys in the pitcher’s circle for the third-straight game against the Raiders and gave up nine hits in the complete-game losing effort.
“They threw the same pitcher at us for three straight games. That’s a lot of at bats for these kids and they’re certainly going to make adjustments,” Wunder said.
Dettling was the third pitcher to face North Valleys after Julia Jensen and Jackie Sertic got the nod in the first two meetings with the Panthers.
North Valleys scored its second, and final run, in the third inning when Caitlyn Wood scored from first on a single. The Raiders tried to throw her out at third then tried to throw out Amy Pender at second, who advanced on the throw to third. Wood swooped home on the throw to second.
The Raiders will return to the diamond Thursday for a home double header against Carson at 1:45 p.m. Reed and Carson were scheduled to play the second game of the regular-season series Saturday, but are playing two on Thursday because Carson’s prom is Saturday.