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Late long balls propel Manogue over Reed
by Aaron Retherford
Apr 02, 2011 | 918 views | 0 0 comments | 4 4 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Reed erased a 5-0 deficit only to watch Sean DeWeese and Devonte German launch back-to-back homers with two outs in the bottom of the sixth inning to give Bishop Manogue a 7-5 victory in prep baseball action Saturday.

It was the early deficit that cost the Raiders a chance for a Northern 4A league crossover triumph at BMHS.

The Miners got off to a quick start in the bottom of the first. Connor Thompson and MJ Farthing drew walks.

Manogue starting pitcher DeWeese hit a grounder to shortstop, but the throw to first was off the mark, allowing Thompson to score and the other two runners to make it to second and third.

German singled in a run and Sean-Luke Brija’s sacrifice fly made it a 3-0 game after one inning.

“Early in the game, we missed a couple plays and had a few walks. Next thing you know, they have five runs,” Reed baseball coach Ray Charles said. “When you’re in that deficit, it’s hard to come back, even though we did come back and tie it. It still put us in a hole early. Maybe if we don’t give up those runs, it could be a different outcome. That’s part of the deal.”

Defensive problems cost Reed in the third inning also. An infield pop-up was dropped to start the inning. Brija singled and a sacrifice bunt again put runners on second and third for the home team.

Kyle Pruneau dumped a single into shallow right field, plating one run. A passed ball let the second run in the inning come home, increasing the lead to 5-0.

The Raiders only managed two hits off DeWeese through four innings. One of those hits was a solo home run by Jason Stroberg, who sent a laser over the left-field wall in the fourth inning, cutting the deficit to 5-1.

However, in the fifth, the Blue and Gold got their timing down and teed off on DeWeese.

Erik Martinez led off the top of the fifth frame with a double off the base of the left-field wall. Alex Young hit safely by lining a single to center field.

No. 9 hitter Brett Chaney also found a safe spot to land a line drive in shallow center, driving in Martinez for Reed’s first run.

Ryan Butler made it four straight hits for the visitors, bouncing an RBI single up the middle for a 5-3 score.

Stroberg capped a three-RBI day with a single past a diving third baseman, knocking in Chaney and Butler. That left the game tied 5-5, but Reed couldn’t hit the ball out of the infield off reliever Kyle Englin, who recorded five straight outs for the home team and earned the pitching win thanks to the two sixth-inning homers.

With two outs in the sixth, DeWeese helped his relief get the win by taking a 2-0 Jeff Copple offering opposite field over the right-field wall.

Then, German crushed a 2-1 pitch beyond the left-field fence, also opposite field, making it 7-5.

Austin Burkett took over mound duties in the seventh for Manogue, but it was anything but a walk in the park.

After walking Butler to start the inning, Burkett gave up a single to Spencer Jones. But Burkett suddenly found his swagger after falling into a 3-0 hole against Stroberg. Burkett fought back and struck out Stroberg looking, got Tanner Parris looking and Roberto Velazquez swinging to record the save.

Stroberg was the lone Raider with more than one hit, ending the day 2-for-4 with a home run and single.

Like Reed, Manogue had nine hits as a team. German and Logan Howard both had two apiece. German also drove in a pair of runs.

Reed (5-8, 3-5 in Northern 4A) is back in action when it travels to Douglas to finish a postponed series. The final game of the series begins at 3:45 p.m. Monday, and the Raiders will finish their series with Manogue Tuesday at home.

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