But the Raider duo turned in a pair of overpowering outings in the circle.
Following Levesque’s 13-strikeout one-hitter in a seven-inning game, Landeros struck out 11 in a six-inning two-hitter. At one point, Landeros sat down nine batters in a row during her team‘s 4-0 win over Foothill.
“We got solid pitching. Destinee and Shivaun are two leaders on the team and we expect them to pitch well,” Reed softball coach Jon Wunder said. “When they pitch well, we don’t need a lot of runs to win. We actually hit well those two games. We kept the ball out of the air. We hit shots.”
Reed got all the offense it would need in the first inning. Leadoff hitter Mary Dettling earned a base on balls, was sacrificed over to second by Cori Gammon and moved to third on a wild pitch.
Landeros brought her home with a squeeze play that she beat out for a bunt single.
To start the third, Dettling again reached on a walk and got to third thanks to a Gammon sacrifice and a wild pitch. This time, Dettling scored via a Landeros sacrifice fly to left field, giving the Raiders a 2-0 lead.
The Raiders added two insurance tallies in the top of the sixth when freshman Tyler Sumpter crushed a two-run double to left field that would have cleared the temporary fence Reed normally uses for games. Sumpter was the lone Raider with more than one hit in the game, recording two of Reed’s six hits.
Reed 6, Fernley 0
In the first game of the day, Levesque faced two batters over the minimum. She struck out 13, while walking one and giving up a lone hit.
The Raiders’ two-out rally in the second inning put three runs on the scoreboard.
Lindsay Yearman and Hannah Martini singled, bringing the top of the order back up to the plate.
Dettling drove in Yearman with a single and Gammon followed with a two-run base knock, making it a 3-0 game.
The hosts added a single score in the third thanks to Sumpter’s RBI single, following singles by Makaela Moore and Andi Lee.
Levesque helped her cause with two insurance runs in the fourth by driving in Dettling and Gammon with one swing of the bat. Levesque struck out the side in the final two innings.
Reed 7, Douglas 4
After getting a break during the second game, Levesque came back out to the circle for the Raiders’ third and last game of pool play.
Levesque wasn’t as sharp as the early game, scattering eight hits to the Tigers, although no Douglas player had more than one. The senior ace finished with eight strikeouts and three walks.
Reed jumped on Douglas right out of the gate.
Dettling singled to start off the first. Gammon reached first with a bunt and both came racing home on Levesque’s run-scoring single.
Lee and Sumpter concluded the first inning’s scoring with RBI singles.
But the Blue and Gold let off the gas and failed to finish off a game which appeared to be destined for a mercy-rule victory.
For Douglas, Jenna Geyer and Katie Kluever had RBI singles in the third and fourth respectively, cutting the deficit in half to 4-2.
Reed increased its lead to five, with a three-run fourth. With two runners on, Landeros hit a shallow flyball to center field. Douglas center fielder Nikki Chavez made a diving attempt, but the ball got by her. Landeros’ double drove in both runs, but she was able to advance to third on the throw home. The Tigers tried to nab her as she slid into third base, but an errant throw went down the left-field line, allowing her to score on the play.
The RHS nine still didn’t manage to fully put the Minden school away.
The Tigers got five baserunners on in the fifth and scored two runs when Illiana Brown singled back through the middle with the bases loaded.
Levesque and Sumpter led the Raiders with two hits apiece.
“I was pleased with the first two games, but when you play three straight, you get a little tired and fatigued,” Wunder said. “We jumped out early 4-0, but then we had a letdown and you see what happens when that happens. We congratulated them on the wins, but got them on the intensity. If they come with that intensity tomorrow, they’re going to be watching.”
Reed (13-4) won its pool and will start elimination bracket action today.