“We got solid pitching out of both of our pitchers,” first-year Reed softball coach Jon Wunder said. “We started a little slow with our bats in the first game, but we got them going. We did a great job on the bases today. We were aggressive and that’s probably what I was most pleased about.”
Reed improved to 9-4 overall and 5-1 in conference clashes thanks to the weekend wins.
Wunder was not exaggerrating when he alluded to his pitchers’ performances Saturday. In Game 1, senior Destinee Levesque fired a two-hit shutout at the visiting Panthers. She fanned 14 while walking just one in the dominating performance. She allowed only two Panthers to even reach second base in the gem.
In Game 2, junior Shivaun Landeros allowed a two-run homer in the first frame, but settled down in a big way. She did not give up another run and wound up giving up just three hits in a 13-strikeout, one-walk outing.
“Both girls do a good job communicating with our pitching coach Todd Cohen,” Wunder said. “They’re always talking about what’s working and what’s not. We pretty much go with what’s working. They complement each other well. Today, they kept their walk count done and they were definitely locating well.”
Reed gave Levesque all the offense she would need in the third inning of the opener. Neither team scored in the first two innings, but the Raiders pushed across a trio of runs in the third inning. Mary and Megan Dettling both had singles in the rally.
Reed added three more runs in its half of the sixth to account for the final six-run margin. Megan Dettling singled and moved up when Tyler Sumpter got down a sacrifice bunt but reached safely. Andi Lee singled home Megan Dettling and then Mary Dettling stroked a two-run double.
In Game 2, Reed faced its only deficit of the doubleheader. North Valleys snared a quick 2-0 edge after Ashley Pender bashed a two-run homer in the top of the first.
The 2-0 lead stood up until Reed took its turn in the bottom of the third. The Raiders proceeded to blow the game open from there, exploding for eight runs. Reed did its damage with six hits, two walks and a hit batter.
Mary Dettling, Cori Gammon and Landeros all had run-scoring singles in the rally while Levesque had a two-run single in the big inning.
Reed concluded its scoring with a single run in the fifth inning. Levesque singled and scored for that final run.
“That two-run homer they got woke us up a little bit,” Wunder said. “After a 6-0 win in Game 1, we let up a little bit. But that home run got us re-focused. The games are only going to get tougher from here. We’ve got Reno and Douglas and then Carson again. You have to win the games you are supposed to.”
Reed returns to the diamond Monday for a doubleheader at Reno, starting at 2:15 p.m.