school. Reed captured a 4-3 victory at Reno Tuesday but Reno stormed back Wednesday to win at Reed, 10-5, in Northern 4A league prep
"I thought we handled adversity in the game much better today," veteran Huskies coach Pete Savage said. "When negative things happened, we turned them around and kept battling. We just bounced back quicker than yesterday ... Reed's a good ballclub. Those guys are going the right way. Our guys just battled hard."
Reno wasted no time grabbing the momentum. The Huskies scored three runs in the first and tacked on two more in the second, quickly
forging ahead 5-0 after two innings. Anthony Hascheff and Kellen Richards laced run-scoring singles to key the Reno first. In the second, Tyler McElroy walked and RJ Bush bashed a two-run homer.
"The biggest difference in the two games was today we fell behind big quick," Reed coach Ray Charles said. "We did come back, but we gave up too many runs early. We gave up too many crooked numbers."
Reed got going in the bottom of the third. Ryan Butler singled and Alex Young walked to initiate a four-run Raiders rally. Jason Stroberg got Reed on the scoreboard with an RBI single. AJ Silva trimmed the lead to 5-2 with a sacrifice fly. Roberto Velazquez walked, and then with two outs, Beau Tittensor and Spencer Jones followed with RBI singles to cap the outburst and get the Raiders within one, 5-4.
Reno had an answer. The Northern 4A league leader posted two runs in the top of the fourth to regain the momentum.
Still, Reed tried to hang around. The Raiders got a run back in their half of the fifth inning, making it 7-5. Stroberg hammered a double down the left-field line. He scored after stealing third and Silva lifted another sacrifice fly.
The 7-5 score stayed intact as neither team pushed across a run in the sixth. Unfortunately for Reed, its guests added a trio of runs in the seventh to capture a cushion the Raiders could not overcome.
"The first and last were big innings for us," Savage said. "That helped. We moved runners better and the kids stayed with their approach better."
Reed, which committed three costly errors in the loss, got a leadoff walk from Butler in the bottom of the seventh but he was erased on a fielder's choice and the hosts could not muster any type of comeback.
"You can't give a team like Reno extra opportunities," Charles said. "They take advantage of those and score runs. They put pressure on you."
The Raiders now get to play a waiting game. While the rest of the Northern 4A field wraps up its league slate with a two-game series today and Friday, Reed is done with conference clashes as the master schedule left the RHS crew with the last bye of the season.
Reed sits 12-17 overall but more importantly has a 7-13 league mark at the conclusion of its conference schedule. A myriad of scenarios
exist where Reed could both, qualify for the regional playoffs or miss the postseason altogether.
The local club, which started 2-11 in league play, looked dead in the water a week ago but upset wins over Spanish Springs Saturday and Reno Tuesday have Reed back in playoff contention.
"There are a bunch of scenarios," Charles said. "We'll continue to practice and prepare for regionals. We'll get some hitting in and have some fun. We'll watch the games and hope for the scenarios and situations that help us."