It's no easy task for any northern Nevada team to face future Fresno State pitcher, and Reed senior, Destinee Levesque as well as talented RHS junior Shivaun Landeros in back-to-back games.
For Levesque's standards, she got herself in a little more trouble than usual in the first game of the day. The Huskies loaded the bases in the second inning with the help of a couple of singles by freshman Lynn Warman and sophomore Sarah Degues. Brinna Bass was hit by a pitch to occupy the final base.
Still, Levesque managed to retire the next couple of batters to escape the inning with no harm done. Levesque finished the game having thrown six complete innings and collecting 14 strikeouts.
"Reno had a bit of an off-day," said Reed softball coach John Wunder. "You tend to play to the level of your competition. As soon as we gave her a little run support, it was natural for the girls to have a letdown. But she handled herself well and I was proud of her performance."
The offense for the Raiders on the other hand, was unstoppable, especially in the sixth inning of game one.
Reed tacked on seven runs in the big inning to put the game out of reach for the Huskies. Sophomore Mary Dettling started the scoring spree when she took home after a wild pitch. Then, Landeros, junior Makaela Moore, freshman Tyler Sumpter and junior Andi Lee all smacked RBI singles in succession to raise the score from 6-1 to 11-1.
Two more runs scored after both junior Hannah Martini and Dettling were walked with the bases loaded. The sixth inning and the conference clash ended with the Raiders up 13-1.
The second game of the day featured a first for RHS sophomore Laura Frost. Her fourth-inning solo home run over the left-field fence was the first of her career. It also put her team up 14-1.
"She's a bench player and she took advantage of an opportunity when she got in. She hit it hard," said Wunder. "She was excited."
Landeros had a similar outing to Levesque's in the game before. She got into a bit of trouble but only allowed two runs while striking out nine Huskies in just five innings of work before the 10-run mercy rule went into effect.
Landeros too was supported with more than enough runs with which to work. Her Raiders teammates gave her a 7-0 lead in the first inning before she ever stepped on the mound.
Landeros helped herself out in the first inning by bringing in the first two runs of the game with a single. Levesque singled to bring in the third run of the frame while Lee, Sumpter, and sophomore Lindsay Yearman scored the next four runs, respectively.
After Landeros allowed an RBI single to Reno's Cori Fisher, the Raiders gave her another seven runs in the next two innings just for good measure. One of those runs included Frost's first-ever home run in the fourth inning.
Wunder believes his team has momentum going into tomorrow's doubleheader against Damonte Ranch.
"We're coming off a big win yesterday against McQueen," he said. "Reno struggled a little bit today and we took advantage of opportunities and that's what good teams do."
Reed will continue its busy week by paying a visit to Damonte Ranch for a double header today starting at 10 a.m.