The RHS softball team had been rolling. It had just swept arch rival Spanish Springs in a league twin bill last weekend and drilled Fallon in a rare Monday non-league affair to christen its new on-campus home field.
Then came Tuesday and its Northern 4A League road game against Manogue. It’s unclear if the Raiders did not come to play or just got out-played, but they were beaten 6-2. It’s just Reed’s second loss since the opening weekend of the season and its first defeat in conference clashes.
“There’s five teams in this league that can beat each other,” Reed coach Jon Wunder said. “I tell the girls that every day. Nobody likes to lose but this reiterates that we need to be playing our best softball in the playoffs. Manogue beat us today. There’s no doubt about that.”
Reed (22-4, 14-1) took the game’s first lead, pushing across a pair of runs in the top of the third. Cori Gammon reached on a fielder’s choice and Hannah Martini singled to initiate the Raiders’ threat. A Mary Dettling single plated Gammon, and after Shivaun Landeros was hit by a pitch, Andi Lee lofted a sacrifice fly that scored Martini and gave Reed the early 2-0 advantage.
Unfortunately for Reed, that was the highlight of the day. It was all down hill from there for the visitors. Manogue got all the offense it would need when it posted a trio of runs in the bottom of the third.
Kayla Batastini got Manogue going with a two-out walk. JoJo Yong followed with a single and Morgan Barnes walked to saturate the sacks with Miners. Sammi Tallman then proceeded to rope a bases-clearing double and the hosts had a 3-2 advantage.
Bishop Manogue built on its lead by tacking on two runs in the fifth. Batastini singled and Young doubled. The duo came plateward after run-scoring singles by Tallman and Cara McCarthy.
The hosts added their final run in the bottom of the sixth. Batastini picked up the pitching win for Manogue. She came on in relief in the top of the fourth and shut out Reed in four innings of work. She gave up just one hit in the stint.
Manogue hitters battered Reed hurlers Megan Dettling and Jackie Sertic for 11 hits in six innings. Conversely, league-leading Reed saw its offense limited to four hits in the upset loss.
“Manogue definitely outplayed us,” Wunder said. “They hit the ball. Their pitchers threw well enough. Our approach at the plate was not the best. We didn’t look past them, but we didn’t come out with the intensity and passion we’ve had in other games.”
Reed returns to action Thursday at home against Douglas at 3:45 p.m.