“We had one shaky inning there,” Reed softball coach Jon Wunder said. “We scored three in the first and they scored four in the second. We knew there was a lot of game left. We hit the ball pretty hard in the first inning, so I was pretty confident we would continue to hit the ball throughout the game and manufacture some runs on the bases.”
Reed hit the ball hard again in the third inning and regained the lead for good.
Fans had not seen the first home run hit at the Raiders’ new softball field, but that all changed four batters into the bottom of the third. Senior catcher Makaela Moore blasted a laser opposite field over the right-field fence. The two-run homer concluded a four-run rally in the third.
Prior to the long ball that gave Reed a 7-3 lead, Danaya Thompson singled in a run and Andi Lee came home on a passed ball after she had singled earlier in the inning.
The Raiders added four more runs in the bottom of the fourth frame. Shivaun Landeros recorded her second hit of the game, a leadoff single that got caught up in the air and landed where no one could reach. Lee smoked a double to right field, driving in courtesy runner Megan Dettling. Lee then moved up to third on a wild pitch and came home via a Moore sacrifice fly to center field. Moore finished with three RBI.
Cori Gammon made it an 11-4 score when she dumped a fly ball into shallow center field, plating the final two runs.
Landeros went the distance to pick up the pitching victory. She allowed four runs — one earned — on six hits. She walked two and struck out one.
“We want to get her stamina up and get her some innings,” Wunder said after Landeros’ second start of the season. “We want to see which pitches of hers are working and what pitches she needs to work on. Our goal is to get her healthy, so she can contribute in the playoffs.”
Reed got off to a quick start, jumping out to a 3-0 advantage after the first inning.
Gammon led off the inning by getting drilled by a pitch. A sacrifice bunt moved her to second and Mary Dettling delivered a run-scoring single up the middle for the game’s first run. She advanced to second on the throw home.
Landeros blooped a single just over the third baseman’s head, driving in Mary Dettling.
Thompson found the gap in right-center field for an RBI double, pushing the edge to 3-0.
But with one out in the top of the second, the Tigers began making contact with Landeros.
Kalee Duryee hit a grounder up the middle that deflected off Landeros’ glove for an infield hit. Jenna Geyer followed with a single through the hole between shortstop and third base.
Taylor McKinnon’s base hit through the middle of the infield knocked in Duryee and cut the deficit to 3-1. An infield error loaded the bases full of Tigers. One run scored on Amanda Caras’ RBI groundout to second base.
Douglas tied the game at 3-3 when Aaliyah Paxson reached on an infield RBI single. A wild pitch allowed Maddie Parks to come home for the go-ahead run.
McKinnon had two of the Tigers’ six hits as the visitors only managed two base knocks after the second inning.
Reed scored 11 runs on 12 hits off Duryee, who pitched all seven innings for the Minden school. Gammon, Mary Dettling, Landeros, Lee and Thompson each had two hits for the Blue and Gold. Thompson finished with a pair of RBI.
Reed (22-4, 15-1 in Northern 4A) will take on Reno Saturday in a doubleheader starting at 10 a.m.