The contest was shortened to five innings when Reed put the 10-run mercy rule into effect.
Wooster took a brief 1-0 lead as it scored a run in the top of the first. Alyssa Mallorca singled and scored after a Reed error and a double by Charlee Thompson.
That’s pretty much as good as it got for the visiting Colts. Reed knotted the game at 1-1 with a score of its own in the bottom of the first. Raiders leadoff hitter Hannah Martini singled, advanced to second on a wild pitch and came home on a sacrifice fly by Shivaun Landeros.
Reed did not trail again. In fact, it blew the game open in the bottom of the second. After retiring Wooster with a scoreless top half of the inning, Reed exploded for seven runs in its half of the frame.
Danaya Thompson got the Reed rally started. She singled and scored after a sac bunt and an RBI single by Laura Frost. Martini and Cori Gammon followed and reached after a single and getting hit by a pitch respectively. That loaded the bases for Mary Dettling who laced a two-run single, giving Reed a 4-1 lead.
Next, Makaela Moore walked to again saturate the sacks with Raiders. Landeros was walked as well, forcing in a run. Andi Lee proceeded to hit into a fielder’s choice that scored another run. The pain finally ended for Wooster after Thompson reached on an error, that plated a Reed run, and Lindsey Yearman rapped out a run-scoring single, extending the Raiders’ edge to 8-1.
“I’m pleased with our hitting,” Reed coach Jon Wunder said. “When you jump out like that, it gives you a chance to get some other kids some experience and then those kids came through too, which is what you need for that second half of the season.”
In the third, Reed tacked on another run. Dettling reached on a fielder’s choice and circled the sacks after singles by Moore and Landeros.
The Raiders put the finishing touches on their offensive show by posting their final trio of runs in the bottom of the fourth. Megan Dettling, Martini and Gammon all singled and scored, accounting for the triumvirate of runs.
Wooster (3-13, 1-9 Northern 4A) added a run in the top of the fifth when pinch hitter Sadie Elias turned on a pitch and deposited it beyond the left-field fence for a solo homer. However, the one run was all Wooster could get and the double-digit margin was still in play, enforcing the mercy rule and ending the conference clash.
“Reed hit the ball and had some good base running, but then we made some errors too and they capitalized,” Wooster coach Beth Hendricks said. “If we are able to make some of those plays, that keeps them from getting the big hit and gets us out of those big innings.”
Jackie Sertic worked the first four innings in the circle for Reed and earned the pitching victory. She scattered three Colts hits while allowing one earned run in a three-strikeout, one-walk effort. Sophomore Marriah Levesque came on in relief for Reed in the fifth and closed out the lopsided affair.
Martini and Mary Dettling led Reed, which banged out 16 hits en route to victory, with a pair of 3-for-4 performances. Moore was solid as well at the dish with two hits in three plate appearances.
Reed (14-2, 11-0) will get a week off from game action before it returns to the diamond. Next up on the Raiders’ schedule is its annual Easter Tournament. That will be played April 13-14 at Shadow Mountain Park.