The morning game, which counted toward the Northern 4A league records of both squads, was won by Reed 4-3. The Mustangs came back and romped their way to a 7-1 victory in a non-league matchup in the afternoon.
“It felt like a championship game. The emotions from the coaches and players was intense,” Reed softball coach Jon Wunder said of the first game. “Every time you have a break like that, you tend to have a letdown. We tried to guard against it. Shivaun (Landeros) had us in the game through the first four innings, but we only had one hit (in the second game) … The big difference was we didn’t hit in the second game and we didn’t come with the same intensity.”
Reed never trailed in the opener, but was thrown a scare by the home team. The Raiders took a 2-0 lead with a single run in both the second and fourth innings.
In the top of the second, Makaela Moore ripped a one-out triple. Courtesy runner Marriah Levesque scored on a passed ball, breaking the scoreless tie.
In the fourth frame, Reed pitcher Destinee Levesque helped her cause at the plate with a leadoff single. Hannah Martini came in to run for the Raiders pitcher and came home on Andi Lee’s sacrifice fly, making it 2-0.
However, the Blue and Gold then had to watch the Mustangs rally for two in the sixth, knotting the score at 2-2.
Chanel Bates contributed to both runs, driving in one with an RBI triple and scoring the game-tying run on a passed ball.
Reed answered with a two-out rally in the top of the seventh, capped by Cori Gammon’s two-run single, increasing the lead up to 4-2. The Raiders needed every last run they could get.
Kalyn Pague led off the bottom of the seventh with a two-bagger and scored on an error to right field. But the Mustangs could not push the potential tying run across as Destinee Levesque retired the final two batters of the game via the strikeout.
Destinee Levesque scattered three hits and allowed two walks while striking out nine in the complete-game victory.
Gammon and Megan Dettling led the Reed offense with two hits apiece.
Game 2 of the doubleheader was quite different. Damonte rapped out 11 hits off Reed pitchers — Landeros and Destinee Levesque. Conversely, Reed only managed six hits. The Raiders scored their only run in the sixth on Lee’s RBI single to left field, which plated Dettling, who had singled to lead off the inning.
Reed just could not solve Pague in the circle. The sophomore hurler wasn’t dominant, striking out just three Raiders. But she allowed her defense to work behind her and scattered the six hits, allowing more than one base hit in an inning only once, when Reed had two in the sixth.
Damonte took an initial 1-0 lead on an RBI triple by Makenzie Hospodka that was absolutely crushed in the bottom of the fourth. That was only the Mustangs’ third hit of the game to that point.
The Mustangs’ offense clicked starting in the fifth.
Damonte batted around its order in the fifth, pushing across four runs on five hits.
Kerrigan Travens drove in a pair of runs with a line drive up the middle.
Lexie McKinnon plated a run with a bunt single and Damonte took a 5-0 lead on Pague’s rifle shot to right field that knocked in Travens.
After Reed tallied its run in the top of the sixth, Damonte added two more in the bottom half of the sixth, on back-to-back RBI doubles by Travens and Bates.
Travens finished the game 2-for-4 with three RBIs and two runs scored. Pague and Adelle Oaks also had two hits in the winning cause.
“The road to the state championship on that side definitely goes through Damonte,” Wunder said. “I think they’re still the number one team on that side in the standings. I’m certainly happy with that win. I would have loved to have two.”
Reed (18-6, 10-1 in Northern 4A) is back in action against Sierra League foe Galena at 3:45 p.m. Thursday.