The Raiders rode the strong pitching performance of sophomore Megan Dettling to the win. She finished the mercy-rule shortened game with nine strikeouts, three walks and two hits over five innings of work for the shutout victory.
“Nine strikeouts is probably close to her average,” Reed coach Jon Wunder said. “She and Jacquelyn (Sertic) are working hard right now and they’re carrying our load right now. We have high expectations of Megan and she did a good job and lived up to them. It just shows that she plays a lot over the summer and she’s got a lot of experience.
“So we had a great pitching performance by Megan and our defense was solid behind her. I don’t think we had an error all game. I was very pleased with our offense and our bats. Their pitcher had a little trouble finding the strike zone and we were patient. We made the adjustments we had to make to the pitching. We did a good job of hitting the ball down and up the middle which sometimes can be a challenge. Overall, I was happy and pleased with how disciplined at the plate we were.”
While Dettling was strong in the circle, the Colts strained from the rubber, walking 12 and hitting two. Regardless of their opponent’s struggles, the Raiders didn’t make things easy at the dish as they sprayed 11 hits all over the field throughout the game.
“The one thing we talked about is not letting who you play dictate the level of intensity of your game,” Wunder said. “Whether you’re playing the best team, a middle team or whatever, you have to make the necessary adjustments and that’s something that we stress all the time, but we put a little more emphasis on it this week.
“We just have to adjust to the type of pitcher that you face, whether it be someone who is throwing outside or someone that tends to throw the ball up. You just have to be disciplined and have a quality at-bat. That’s the key. The blue is going to be widening the strike zone and you should be widening yours. As a hitter you want to be aggressive. You want to get hits. No one is looking for walks so widen that strike zone, because if you won’t, the ump will. They did a good job of that and we kept the intensity up in every inning.”
The Blue and Gold wasted no time jumping on the visitors. After a single from senior Cori Gammon got the bats going for the Raiders, three walks and hit batsman put Reed ahead 2-0. An error on a throw home allowed another run to cross the plate before junior Laura Frost hit a single up the middle to plate two more, as the Raiders batted through the order en route to a 5-0 lead at the end of the first inning.
Reed tacked on another run in the bottom of the second on a single into right field by junior Danaya Thompson.
In the bottom frame of the third, the home team had another offensive outburst. With the first three batters reaching base safely on walks, the stage was set for a big inning and the Raiders took advantage, batting through the order again.
Frost hit a bloop single over first base to plate senior Andi Lee before another walk pushed the lead to 8-0. A double from junior Mary Dettling sent two more home for Reed, followed by a two-RBI single from senior Makaela Moore, leaving the scoreboard reading 12-0 in favor of the Raiders. Another single and free pass to first loaded the sacs yet again. Junior Lindsay Yearman delivered this time with a single into center field that scored two more. At the end of three, the Blue and Gold held a 14-0 advantage.
The Raiders added four more insurance runs in the bottom of the fourth. Moore singled in a run, followed by a bases-loaded walk. Lee then brought home another run with a single through the middle before a fielder’s choice allowed Moore to touch home, resulting in the 18-0 final.
Moore and Thompson led the Raiders in the batter’s box, as Moore went 2-for-3 with three RBI and Thompson finished the game 2-for-2 and an RBI.
Reed (5-2 overall, 2-0 in Northern 4A) faces off with rival Reno on Thursday at 3:45 p.m. at Shadow Mountain Park.