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Wooster trounces Reed baseball, 13-3
by Michael Lingberg
Mar 26, 2011 | 1206 views | 0 0 comments | 4 4 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Tribune photo by John Byrne - Reed senior Roberto Velazquez (above) dives back into first base on a pickoff attempt during the Raiders’ 13-3 home loss to Wooster Saturday.
Tribune photo by John Byrne - Reed senior Roberto Velazquez (above) dives back into first base on a pickoff attempt during the Raiders’ 13-3 home loss to Wooster Saturday.
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An opportunist takes advantage of any opportunity that comes his or her way. On Saturday afternoon, the Reed baseball team could be seen as a kind of anti-opportunist as it suffered a bad 13-3 loss at the hands of the Wooster Colts.

Reed had several opportunities to score multiple runs. The most notable of which was in the bottom of the fourth inning when the Raiders loaded the bases and had two outs to work with.

But junior Jason Stroberg struck out at the plate and senior Roberto Velazquez couldn’t get his fly ball to go farther to clear the fence. Instead, the ball found its way to a Wooster glove and the inning was over.

“We had runners in scoring position a couple of times early in the game that would have kept us close or put us ahead,” said Reed’s head baseball coach Ray Charles. “But our approach at the plate wasn’t very good today.”

Probably the only time the Raiders took advantage of an opportunity was when Wooster pitcher Kevin Romero threw a wild pitch that let a runner at third safely come home. Two of Reed’s three runs were scored in this fashion.

Wooster on the other hand, didn’t miss a single chance to hurt its host on the scoreboard. In junior Filiberto Castro’s first trip to the plate in the first inning, he belted a single into the outfield to bring in two runners. Later in the top of the fourth inning, Castro launched a ball deep into left field to bring in another two scores.

Reed began to shoot itself in the foot by committing errors later in the inning. In what should have been an out, a routine pop-up was dropped and that let in another run for Wooster. Velazquez had a chance at a ground ball but it took a nasty hop and ricocheted off his glove. That error cost the Raiders two more runs which raised the score to 8-1.

The Colts’ Sam Klippenstein put the game out of reach in the sixth inning after he bombed a three-run home run to make the score 11-2. Klippenstein finished with a game-high four RBIs.

Garrett Powers was a perfect 3-for-3 at the plate for the Colts, scoring four runs and driving in one.

On the mound, Romero worked six innings, allowing one earned run on five hits. He struck out nine but also walked six, while hitting another.

Charles was disappointed with not only his team, but with his own coaching as well.

“Our pitchers have to work ahead of batters, we have to play solid defense, and we have to get better,” he said. “I have to do a better job coaching and get after them a little bit. We have a lot of work to do.”

Reed will try to sort out its problems before it visits Douglas on Monday at 3:45 p.m.
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