The Raiders fought back from an early deficit, scored in four different innings and got a solid pitching performance to collect the victory.
"I felt really good about it," first-year Reed coach Jon Wunder said. "We've got a good team, a good hitting team. We just needed to make some adjustments after that season-opening Sacramento tournament. We did a lot of hitting the last week and it really showed … Carson's a good team. I think they're the team to beat on the other side. So it's a good win for us for sure."
Reed trailed 2-0 before it even took an offensive turn. That's because Carson pushed across a pair of runs in the top of the first, thanks to a two-run homer by Moriah Lane.
The lead was short-lived. Reed answered in the bottom of the first when Shivaun Landeros walked and Mary Dettling bashed a two-run dinger of her own, knotting the score at 2-2.
The deadlock stayed intact until Reed went ahead with a single score in the fourth. With two outs, Andi Lee walked and scored following singles by Kyndal Comphel and Cori Gammon.
The Raiders extended their edge to 5-2 with two more runs in the fifth. Landeros singled. Dettling reached on a Carson error and Makaela Moore rapped out a two-run single.
Reed's final two runs came in the sixth when Landeros showcased her power stroke. Megan Dettling singled and Landeros roped a two-run homer, accounting for the final 7-2 margin.
Carson loaded the bases in the top of the seventh but could not muster a run.
Landeros was solid in the circle for Reed. She did not give up a run to the Senators after the initial inning. Carson's first-inning round tripper was its lone hit until the seventh. In the end, Landeros scattered four hits while striking out eight and walking just one en route to victory.
"Shivaun started a little rough with a walk and the home run," Wunder said. "She was throwing a riseball that didn't rise and the Carson girl jumped on it. After that she settled down. It was nice to get two (runs) of our own right after that. I think it did help her relax. She came in after the first and we told her 'there's a lot of game left and she did her job."
Reed (3-3) has a busy remainder of the week. The Raiders play a single game at 5:30 p.m. today against Henley High of Klamath Falls, Ore. Then, Reed will play a single game against Wooster before playing doubleheaders against Hug Friday and Reno Saturday.