Even after a 4-1 loss to Damonte, Wunder was still adamant about the lack of importance in the outcome since the Raiders have already clinched the High Desert League’s No. 1 seed.
“This game doesn’t mean 'jack crap' to me. Megan (Dettling) got in and pitched well, got her confidence back,” Wunder said. “We accomplished what we wanted. We got to see (Kalyn) Paque before the playoffs. We haven’t seen them all year. We’ve seen every other team. This game meant nothing.”
Still, Reed had a shot to win with its No. 2 pitcher in the circle.
The Raiders scored first in the opening inning by executing in the batter’s box. Cassy Walsh led off with an infield single. A sacrifice bunt by Marriah Levesque moved her over to second base. With two outs, Mackenzie Goins hit a grounder up the middle that reached the outfield for an RBI single.
However, Reed would not get another hit off the Mustangs’ ace until the seventh inning.
“We just need to be a little smarter. She’s been pitching for four years out here,” Wunder said of Paque. “She’s going to get some breaks. She got them and we didn’t. We’re ready. We’ll make some adjustments before we see her next time.”
Damonte also struggled at the plate against Dettling, recording two hits through five innings. During that same span, the Mustangs stranded six base runners as four reached on walks.
In the sixth, with the help of a controversial call, Damonte broke through. Briley Brewer blooped a fly ball down the right-field line just beyond first base to start the inning. The ball appeared to land in foul territory, but the home plate umpire called it fair when the first base umpire wasn’t in a good position to make the call.
So Brewer was awarded a leadoff single and it started a three-run rally. A walk with one out to Chanel Bates put runners on first and second.
Following a strikeout, Jahnel Smith hit a flare over second base, driving in the tying run. The throw to the plate got away, leaving Mustangs on second and third.
A slow roller to third was then misplayed, allowing the go-ahead run to come home. A wild pitch brought in the third run.
Paque added a run for good measure, blasting a leadoff home run in the top of the seventh to account for the final 4-1 margin.
Paque pitched a three-hitter to earn the victory, while Dettling allowed five hits, walked six and hit a batter as the Mustangs left nine runners on base compared to only two by the Raiders.
“Megan needed a game. She had a rough start in Carson and we wanted to get her confident before going into the playoffs,” Wunder said.
Damonte improved to 23-3 overall and 14-0 in league play.
Reed (21-5-3, 12-2) concludes the regular season with a doubleheader at Reno Saturday. Game 1 starts at 11 a.m.