Faltering its way to a three-game losing streak, Reed closed out the regular season with a doubleheader sweep of McQueen, 5-1 and 11-0.
“To end our regular season with some momentum is important. It was our Senior Day, so it’s always nice to send your seniors out with a nice win,” Reed softball coach Jon Wunder said. “All of our seniors had hits and contributed, so I couldn’t be happier about that.”
After Senior Day festivities between games, the Raiders got off to a slow start in the nightcap of the twin bill.
In the bottom of the first, Shivaun Landeros found the gap in right-center field for a two-out double. After Destinee Levesque singled, Makaela Moore plated Landeros with a soft line drive single to left field.
Reed held on to that 1-0 edge until the offense really got rolling in the third inning.
Six straight Raiders hit safely with one out in the third, pushing the gap to 6-0. Andi Lee had an RBI single. Senior Ellie Sullivan followed with a two-run double down the third-base line, and Hannah Martini drove in a pair with a line drive single to right field.
Reed added one more run in the inning thanks to a Mary Dettling single that deflected off McQueen pitcher Hayley Glantz and went to the outfield, making it a 7-0 game.
The Raiders got all the offense they would need in order to institute the 10-run mercy rule with a four-run rally in the fourth frame. Martini knocked in two runs with a double to left and pinch hitter Lindsay Yearman came through with two outs by driving in two runs with a base knock to right field that squirted away from the right fielder and let her get all the way to third.
Martini had three hits, including two doubles and four RBIs from the No. 8 hole to lead the home team. Landeros, Levesque, Moore and Lee had two hits apiece as part of the Raiders’ 16-hit attack.
Levesque pitched a pair of complete games for the Blue and Gold in her final home series of her high school career. The future Fresno State Bulldog gave up three hits in Game 2, striking out five in five innings of work. She walked one.
Despite giving up a run in the first game, Levesque was stellar in the circle. She scattered five hits and struck out 12, while walking two Lancers.
Reed’s offense had 13 hits in Game 1, but stranded nine runners.
Moore got the Raiders on the board with an RBI single in the first.
In the second, Reed strung together three straight singles by Sullivan, Tyler Sumpter and Dettling, setting the table for Cori Gammon’s two-run single. That left the RHS nine ahead 3-0.
Dettling singled in the fourth and came home on a Landeros RBI single. In the bottom of the fifth, Megan Dettling reached safely with a base hit and Mary Dettling’s RBI groundout to second base allowed her to scamper home for a 5-0 lead.
McQueen scored its lone run in the top of the sixth for the final 5-1 margin.
Reed (21-9, 12-4 in Northern 4A) earned the High Desert League’s No. 2 seed for the upcoming regional tournament. The Raiders will play Carson at noon Thursday at Bishop Manogue.
“This game is all about streaks and momentum. We were on a three-game losing streak coming in,” Wunder said. “The girls know they can do it. They came out and responded. They came out a little slow in the first game. I think that has to do with all the extra-curricular festivities. Once we got through that, they responded well in the second game. Destinee pitched two great games, so that was good for her.
“We’ll get after it on Monday. We split with Carson this season, so that will be good.”