Dettling went 3-for-3 with two home runs and a triple, propelling the Blue and Gold to a 5-3 win over perennial Bay Area powerhouse Alhambra.
“That was a quality team we played right there. Their shortstop is going to UCLA. She’s money at the plate and defensively,” Reed softball coach Jon Wunder said. “That was an overall team win, pitching, defense and offense. I couldn’t be happier.”
With the game deadlocked at 3-3, the teams went into the seventh inning hoping to break open the game.
Dettling led off the top of the seventh and found the gap in right-center field. She ended up on third with a triple.
Then it was Shivaun Landeros’ turn to find her power stroke as she lifted a shot down the left-field line that rolled all the way to the fence, allowing her to cruise into home with a two-run home run.
Sophomore pitcher Jackie Sertic pitched a 1-2-3 bottom of the seventh to seal the victory. Sertic gave up 10 hits, but only one of three Bulldog runs was earned.
“She (Dettling) was zoned in. The second home run they even tried pitching around her but the pitcher missed,” Wunder said. “When that base opened up in the fifth, they gave her an intentional walk. She came back and got a triple in her last at-bat. Shivaun got her bat going this weekend. It’s big for us because we’re going to need her.
“Marriah Levesque did a good job stepping in at first base. Our defense was solid that game. Laura Frost made some exceptional plays in the second inning at shortstop. Last but not least was Jackie, a sophomore pitching against one of the best teams out of the Bay Area. She just had ice in her veins. She did a great job.”
Reed jumped out of the gates from the very first batter of the contest. Leadoff hitter Cori Gammon dropped a single into shallow center field. Two batters later, Raider fans watched Dettling circle the sacks after hitting a laser to dead center field for a two-run homer.
Dettling’s solo shot with two outs in the third increased Reed’s lead to 3-0.
Alhambra battled back with a game-tying rally in the fourth frame.
Nicole Curry ignited the rally by crushing a triple to start the bottom of the fourth.
Reed recorded consecutive outs and the Bulldogs almost wasted a leadoff hit for the second straight inning. However, Cortney Kelly’s RBI single cut the deficit to 3-1. A fielding error kept the inning going, and No. 8 and No. 9 hitters Taylor Hendrickson and Bella Gonsalves plated runs with a double and single respectively, tying the game at 3-3.
Shannon Devries went six innings in the circle for the Martinez, Calif. school, giving up five earned runs on nine hits.
Landeros joined Dettling in the multiple-hit club, adding a single to go with her home run.
Reed advanced to the Silver Bracket championship game with an easy 12-1 win over Carmel, Calif. earlier in the day.
The Raiders blew up for five runs in the second and seven in the third to institute the 10-run mercy rule after three and a half innings.
The big blow in the second inning came off the bat of Gammon, who belted a three-run homer.
In the third, Landeros and Makaela Moore both ripped two-run singles. Hannah Martini brought in a run with a bunt single. Gammon recorded her fourth RBI of the game with a run-scoring single.
Reed pitcher Megan Dettling held Carmel hitless over four innings of work. Carmel got its only run in the top of the fourth after a leadoff walk came around to score on an RBI groundout. Megan Dettling had three strikeouts and two walks in the win.
Reed (18-3) returns to league play Thursday when it hosts Damonte Ranch at 3:45 p.m.