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Reed baseball downed by Elko, bounces back to dump Truckee
by Aaron Retherford
Mar 11, 2011 | 894 views | 0 0 comments | 6 6 recommendations | email to a friend | print
The Reed baseball team rebounded nicely from a 13-8 defeat earlier in the day to Elko by routing Truckee 13-3 in five innings in the Mike Bearman Memorial Tournament.

Truckee got on the board first, getting a run thanks to two errors in the top of the first inning. However, the Wolverines could not keep Reed’s bats silent.

The Raiders loaded the bases in the bottom of the first on a hit batsman, a single by Tanner Parris and a fielder’s choice.

Then, Roberto Velazquez launched a two-run double and Tyler Marchant capped the three-run rally with a run-scoring single for a 3-1 lead after one inning.

Velazquez outdid himself in the bottom of the second when he cleared the bases with his shot that landed just shy of the fence in center field. It went for a three-run double and made it a 6-1 game.

Truckee cut the deficit down to 6-3 with a pair of runs in the top of the third. Steve Baker fisted an RBI single to shallow right field, making it 6-2. Three batters later, Troy Allen ripped an RBI double to left field. That was the last time the Wolverines scored in the mercy-rule shortened affair.

Troy O’Connor took over mound duties in the fourth for Reed and threw two scoreless innings to give Velazquez the pitching win. O’Connor struck out four and allowed one hit and one walk in the impressive relief appearance.

“He’s been working on a couple different things and control has been a little bit of an issue, but today he came right in and threw strikes. I’m pretty excited about that,” Reed baseball coach Ray Charles said of O’Connor.

Sean Lokken, who doubled and scored a run in the second for the RHS nine, kept his hot bat when he went down and got a low pitch and sent it over the right-field fence for a solo homer, capping a two-run third. Erik Martinez led off the inning with a walk and came all the way around to score from first when Truckee committed two errors during a pick-off attempt.

Reed posted a four-spot on the scoreboard in the fourth before any outs were recorded.

O’Connor led off the fourth frame with a walk. Connor Cox followed with a single, and Marchant almost had a fly ball carry out of the park, but he had to settle for an RBI double to left field.

Martinez’s jam shot to right field drove in two more runs, increasing the lead to 11-3 before Lokken hit a laser into the right-center field gap, plating another run with a double.

“Sean swung the bat really well,” Charles said of Lokken’s 3-for-3 performance at the plate. “When you can get a lefty with a little bit of pop because the ball flies out to right field pretty well, that’s always good. It’s always nice to have a lefty ready to go. He had a great day.”

The Raiders couldn’t get the lead to double digits until the bottom of the fifth. O’Connor walked and moved up to second base via a wild pitch, setting the table for Cox’s game-ending double to dead center field.

Velazquez helped his cause by going 2-for-2 with five RBIs. Parris, Cox and Marchant all added two hits in the win, which helped erase the pain of losing to Elko, a team that lost to Spanish Springs 15-0 a day earlier.

“Anytime you can get a win, it always feels good,” Charles said. “It gives us a lot to keep working on, so it’s nice. I’m excited about the win and we get to play two more games.”

Reed got off to a fast start in the first game, plating four runs in the first inning. Stroberg and Adam Bolingbroke both had doubles in the rally.

But the Raiders’ 4-0 lead didn’t last long. Elko tied it up with four runs in the second inning and took the lead for good with a three-run rally in the third.

The Blue and Gold battled back with a pair of runs in the bottom of the fourth to trail 7-6. That was as close as the home team could get as it watched the Indians push across two in the fifth and four in the sixth to go up by a game-high 13-6 score.

Jeff Pulliam was the lone Raider with two hits in the loss.

Reed (2-1) takes on Spanish Springs at 12:30 p.m. today and will get to face Douglas at 3 p.m. Both games are at the east Sparks school.
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