Tuesday at home against Bishop Manogue, the Raiders dug themselves a hole, but used a five-run fifth-inning rally to tie the game at 6-6. But that’s all the scoring they could muster as the Miners finished off the two-game series sweep thanks to a three-run bomb by MJ Farthing in the top of the sixth. That gave the Miners a 9-6 road win, despite being out-hit 14-13.
“That’s our M.O. right now. We play tough, but we have to figure out how to push through and win,” Reed baseball coach Ray Charles said. “When we play good teams, we have to figure out how to push through. When we go up and tie the score, we have to figure out how to finish games off. We’re not finishing games off right now. That’s what we’re lacking.”
The Miners jumped out to a 6-1 advantage thanks to three-run rallies in both the top of the first and the fourth. Kyle Pruneau broke the scoreless tie with an RBI double, and back-to-back run-scoring singles by Patrick Hinojosa and Jake Pomi extended the lead to 3-0.
Reed did answer back with a run in the bottom half of the first after Ryan Butler led off with a single and came home via a Beau Tittensor RBI base knock.
However, Manogue took control again when Kyle Lewis doubled home a run in the fourth. Connor Thompson had an RBI single as part of Manogue’s second three-run inning.
Reed stormed back and knocked Pruneau from the mound with a big fifth inning.
Chuck Stroberg cut the deficit to 6-2 with an RBI single, but then Joey Dice went yard, getting the hosts to within one with his three-run home run. Alex Young delivered a game-tying RBI double, capping the rally.
The Raiders had a chance to make it interesting in the bottom of the seventh. Young’s two-out single put runners on first and second. The tying run came to the plate in the form of Butler, one of the team’s toughest outs. Butler worked his way into a 3-0 count, but Thompson, who took over pitching duties in the seventh, threw consecutive strikes, making the count full. Unfortunately for the Blue and Gold faithful, Butler popped up to shortstop as Thompson closed the door for the save.
Miners reliever Austin Burkett, who entered the game in the fifth, picked up the pitching win due to Farthing’s fireworks. Reed starter Spencer Jones took the loss.
“They did a good job getting runners on and giving themselves a chance to score,” Charles said of the Miners. “Bottom line is we still came up short. We’ve got to keep working hard in order to get that confidence late in the game.”
Reed (7-8, 3-7 in Northern 4A) hosts Galena Thursday at 3:45 p.m.