The Raiders made the most of that opportunity, routing Wooster in their first league game of the season, 12-2 in five innings.
“We had five games to make up. It was short notice, but we always want to play,” Reed softball coach Jon Wunder said. “Our girls were focused. Destinee (Levesque) is still trying to get over an injury, but I thought for the most part she pitched very well today. We cut down on the walks, which is a big part of the game. Our bats came through. We hit a lot of shots, hard hits, so I was happy with that.”
It didn’t take long for the home team to get on the scoreboard.
In the bottom of the first, Megan Dettling drew a one-out walk. Shivaun Landeros followed by blasting a shot that one-hopped the fence in left field for a ground-rule double.
Mary Dettling’s sacrifice fly to left field plated Megan Dettling for the game’s first run. The Blue and Gold was far from done.
After Reed pitcher Destinee Levesque was hit by a pitch, courtesy runner Hannah Martini swiped second, allowing Landeros to come home on the double steal when the throw went to second base.
Makaela Moore earned a base on balls, and a wild pitch moved Martini up to third and courtesy runner Kyndal Comphel to second.
On ball four to Laura Frost, the ball went to the backstop, allowing Martini to cross home to make it 3-0. Reed capped the four-run first inning with a Lindsey Yearman RBI single.
The Raiders kept the momentum going in the second inning with a three-run rally. No. 9 hitter Tyler Sumpter led off the inning with an infield single up the middle.
Cori Gammon laid down a bunt single. The throw to first got away and Sumpter scampered over to third putting runners on the corners. Wooster let Gammon take second base after a pitch.
With one out, Landeros hit a grounder to third base but the ball was held too long by Ayden Finau and Landeros reached first safely.
Mary Dettling came up to the plate with the bases loaded and smacked an RBI single up the middle, making it a 5-0 game.
Levesque drew a bases-loaded walk and a Moore sac fly to right field left Reed ahead 7-0 after two innings of play.
Levesque got into some trouble in the top of the third, although an error with two outs kept the inning going.
After Stephanie Keith walked, Finau hit a ground ball to shortstop, which ricocheted off a foot and flew into right field. Keith was able to score all the way from first base on the play.
Levesque didn’t do herself any favors by walking the next three batters, forcing in a run. But the Colts could not get closer than 7-2.
Reed answered right back with two runs in the bottom half of the inning.
Sumpter doubled off the fence in left field and eventually scored thanks to a Wooster error. Landeros’ two-out single drove in a run and pushed the gap to 9-2.
After a scoreless fourth, the Raiders ended the game with the 10-run mercy rule by pushing across three runs in the fifth.
The only out the Colts recorded in the fifth inning was on Landeros’ sacrifice fly. Landeros went 3-for-3 with two RBIs in the game. Gammon also had three hits and scored three runs.
Reed got its final two scores on a Mary Dettling RBI single to center field and Moore’s game-ender, a smashed single also to center that plated Mary Dettling.
Mary Dettling had two hits and three RBIs, while Moore knocked in two runs.
Levesque was sharp in every inning except the third and was one hit away from throwing a no-no, a hit that could have been scored an error if it wasn’t as deep in the hole. Levesque struck out 10 in five innings and struck out the side in her final inning of work.
“I think we’re starting to settle in,” Wunder said. “We’ve got strong pitching and defense. We’re hitting well right now. You put those three things together and you’re a tough team to beat. The biggest challenge for us is to always come with a high level of intensity, especially when you think you’re going to play and then you get rained out.”
Reed (5-3, 1-0 in Northern 4A) is back in action at Carson Thursday and will make up one of the postponed league doubleheaders Friday when the Raiders host Hug. Reed has another twin bill at home Saturday against North Valleys.