Bishop Manogue’s bats were on fire in the first four innings of the game, none of which were hotter than senior Sean DeWeese who was a single away from hitting for the cycle. He went 3-for-5 with a home run and seven RBIs.
Reed starting pitcher Tanner Parris had a rough day after giving up 12 runs in the first four innings but settled down and held Manogue scoreless in his last two innings. He exited the game having thrown 107 pitches.
“He got in a groove. The last three innings he held them to zero runs,” said Reed head baseball coach Ray Charles.“ We thought we could keep him in there. His pitch count was under 110 so we stretched him out a bit. The defense did let him down a little bit though.”
The Miners got a couple of RBI doubles to start the first inning from DeWeese and MJ Farthing. Mark Farthing also brought in a run to give his team the early 3-0 lead.
Reed junior Ryan Butler got his team off to a strong start in the bottom half of the inning by slugging a triple. Junior Jason Stroberg brought him home with a groundout. Unfortunately for the Raiders, that would be the closest they would get for the rest of the game.
After Parris hit two straight batters to load the bases in the top of the second inning, DeWeese stepped up to the plate and belted a three-run double. That raised the score to 6-1 in the Miners’ favor.
Stroberg gave the Raider faithful something to cheer about in the bottom of the third by whacking a two-run home run on the first pitch he saw. Those two runs helped the hosts get to within four runs, 7-3.
Manogue didn’t let its fans feel nervous with the Miners clinging onto a four-run lead because it went to work in the top of the fourth inning and posted five runs. The potential for the 10-run mercy rule was just around the corner, but Reed kept playing.
Reed freshman Joey Dice stepped up to bat with the bases loaded in the bottom of the fourth inning. He managed to spot a ball in shallow left field to bring in a run. Butler sacrificed himself to get the Raiders’ fifth run.
That would conclude the scoring for the home team. Charles thought his team competed for the most part.
“I think we competed,” he said. “We never give up. We kept working. We got runners on in some of those situations. Like I said, then we needed a key hit and that’s why baseball’s a tough game. We have to take it up a notch. We’re not here to compete, we’re here to push forward and get some wins.”
Reed (5-10, 3-7 in Northern 4A) will try to bounce back with a win when it visits Galena on Thursday. The first pitch is scheduled for 3:45 p.m.