That was the good news for the Raiders. The bad news was the RHS club didn't have much left in the tank for Thursday's regularly scheduled game and it was throttled 15-1 in the nightcap.
On Tuesday, Reed and Damonte played to a 9-9 tie through 11 innings but had to suspend their game in south Reno due to darkness. The two squads picked up Thursday at Reed and the Raiders went right to work. With one out in the top of the 12th inning, Connor Cox doubled and Jason Stroberg singled, leaving Reed runners on the corners.
Cox scored on a Roberto Velazquez single. A Tanner Parris double plated Stroberg and Velazquez.
Reed went to its ace left-hander, Jeff Copple, to work one inning and he delivered. Damonte did score a run, but that was all the damage the Mustangs could do and Reed secured the conference victory.
All was not as rosy for the Raiders in the second game. Reed pitchers gave up 13 walks in the lopsided loss.
Damonte Ranch got two runs in the first and second to grab a quick 4-0 edge. The Raiders got their lone run of the contest in the bottom of the second, trimming the Mustangs' lead to 4-1.
That's as good as it got for Reed. Damonte Ranch tacked on five runs in the third and six in the fourth en route to victory.
"Damonte is very good," Reed coach Ray Charles said. "They hustle. They are coached well. They do all the little things … I'm glad we got the split, but I was a little disappointed we didn't play better in the second game. We had all the momentum. We didn't have the fire we needed.
"Game 2 came down to our pitching and we didn't pitch well. You can't walk 13 guys in five innings. You're not going to win any games that way. We'll go back to the drawing board. Our pitchers have to get better. We have to make people beat us by hitting the ball."
Reed sits 5-7 overall and 3-4 in league tilts. The Raiders resume action Saturday with a single league game at Manogue. First pitch is set for 11 a.m.
At Carson, Reed picked a bad time to lose to its CHS hosts. The teams play three times this spring, but Thursday's affair at Carson was the only league meeting of the three.
A week after downing Carson at home by five runs, Reed was handed an 8-6 road loss by the Senators Thursday.
Reed pushed across a run in the top of the sixth to knot the score at 6-6. Cori Gammon scored after she singled and was advanced with a sacrifice bunt, Carson error and Mary Dettling double.
Unfortunately for Reed, it could not muster any more offense. Carson answered with two runs in its half of the sixth and held on for the two-run triumph.
Carson had 14 hits, many of them timely with runners in scoring position. Reed had 10 hits, but struggled with runners in scoring position. The RHS offense left 11 runners on base in Thursday's loss.
Reed got started off on the right foot. In the top of the first, Gammon walked and circled the sacks when Shivaun Landeros blasted a two-run homer.
Carson responded and posted two runs of its own in the bottom of the first. Reed regained the lead, 3-2, when Laura Frost walked and scored in the top of the second.
Reed did not lead again. Carson scored a run in the bottom of the second to tie the game, then tacked on two more in the third and another in the fourth to build a 6-3 advantage.
"Carson's a good hitting team and the (strike) zone was a little tight," Reed coach Jon Wunder said. "Take nothing away from Carson. One through nine, they swing it and swing it hard. When they had baserunners on, they were able to execute and we didn't."
Reed (5-4, 1-1) will make up a doubleheader against Hug today at 2:15 at home.