The Grizzlies used a seven-run rally in the bottom of the fifth inning to take the lead for good and earn a 13-3 home victory in six innings.
After Galena took a 2-1 lead in the bottom of the fourth inning, Reed rallied in the top of the fifth. Spencer Jones’ one-out double off the left-field fence got things started for the Blue and Gold. With two outs, Roberto Velazquez singled through the hole between shortstop and third base, driving in Jones to tie the game at 2-2. It also knocked Galena starting pitcher Drew Anderson from the game.
Andrew Brown came on in relief and walked the first batter he saw, putting runners on first and second.
Brandon Autino came to the plate and ripped a shot down the left-field line that rolled under the fence for a ground-rule double. Velazquez scored from second, but Tanner Parris, who was on first, had to go back to third, which is where he stayed after Brown recorded an inning-ending strikeout.
However, Reed couldn’t protect that 3-2 edge. In the bottom half of the fifth, Galena had four hits, was walked four times and got a hit batsman and an error that put a couple more runners on during an inning that saw 13 Grizzlies come to the plate.
It could have been worse, but the south Reno school left the bases loaded for the third time in the game.
Beau Cullen, Daniel Ferguson and Ryan Ford each had two-run singles in the fifth, leaving the hosts leading 9-3 after five innings.
“Honestly, they put that seven spot up in the fifth inning and pretty much killed us,” Reed baseball coach Ray Charles said. “We had the two runs score and then had a ball go under the fence. The ball won’t go under the fence on 90 percent of fields. That was just a bad break for us. Then we come out and let them score seven on us. That was definitely the turning point right there.”
Galena didn’t have trouble with the bases loaded in the sixth frame. No. 9 hitter Andrew Smagala initiated the game-ending rally by leading off the sixth with a double. Smagala eventually came home when a fly ball was misplayed in center field. An infield single by Ford and a fielder’s choice loaded the bases with two out for the Grizzlies. Then, Dustin Granata came through in the clutch, sending all the runners home with a three-run double to right.
Galena got on the scoreboard first with a single run in the third thanks to Jeremy Rosenthal’s line drive RBI single to right field.
In the top of the fourth for Reed, three straight singles saturated the sacks with no outs, but the Raiders only managed one run on an RBI fielder’s choice by Tyler Marchant.
The Grizz then reclaimed the lead in the bottom of the fourth frame. Cullen launched a towering moonshot, clearing the fence in dead center field for a solo homer. Cullen finished the day 3-for-3 with four RBIs. Ferguson, Ford and Cole Fenner all went 2-for-4.
Velazquez and Autino led the Raiders with two hits apiece.
Reed (5-11, 3-8 in Northern 4A) concludes its series with Galena at 11 a.m. Saturday at home.