In the Raiders’ second game Friday, Reed (3-0) managed to push at least one run across home plate in all five innings of its mercy-shortened contest against Truckee en route to a 10-0 win.
A sacrifice fly in the bottom of the first inning by Tyler Starley plated Casey Higgins for a 1-0 Reed before an RBI-double by Kevin Koszuth in the bottom of the second pushed the lead to 2-0.
In the bottom of the third, the Raiders tallied a pair of runs. Mark Nowaczewski sparked RHS with a double before advancing to third on a wild pitch. A walk and stolen base by Joey Dice followed, setting up Jonathan Pinto for an RBI-single. Koszuth then plated Dice with a sac fly for a 4-0 lead.
With a comfortable advantage, Reed added five more runs to its margin in the bottom of the fourth.
Austin May took a walk to start the inning then made his way around the bases on a pair of wild pick-off attempts. Walks to Brett Chaney and Higgins followed, setting the table for Starley to clear the base paths with a triple to the right-center field gap for a 7-0 edge.
Next up was Nowaczewski, who walked and stole second to leave runners at second and third. Dice and Pinto then knocked home those two with a pair of sac flies, leaving Reed on top 9-0 at the end of four.
A two-out single in the bottom of the fifth by Starley scored May to enforce the mercy rule. Starley led the RHS bats in the game, going 2-for-3 with a double and triple and three RBI, as well as a run scored.
While the Raiders were taking care of business in the batter’s box, Reed pitcher Thomas Sertic was commanding the mound. Sertic finished the contest with four innings pitched, grabbing the win behind six strikeouts, two walks and just one hit allowed with no runs given up. Truckee stranded four runners against Sertic.
“We actually almost shut him down for the weekend because he said he was a little sore, but he went to the doctor the other day and said he felt fine today,” Reed coach John Phenix said. “So we limited his pitching number, but he looked good. He kept their guys off balance. He was solid.”
In Reed’s first tilt of the day, the Raiders used a large fifth inning to get past Carson.
After the Senators took a 2-1 edge in the top of the fifth, RHS blew open the game with a six-spot in the bottom of the frame.
“Execution-wise, I thought we did a real god job, especially with the Carson game,” Phenix said. “The kid that threw first for Carson kept us off balance and we were patient enough with him to have some good at-bats and manufacture a few runs. Once they switched pitchers was the difference.”
The Raiders got things started with a sacrifice fly by Starley that plated teammate Chaney. With the score now knotted at 2-2, Reed kept its foot on the gas pedal.
A single by Dice scored Higgins to give the Raiders their first lead of the game, and from there the Blue and Gold didn’t look back.
Reed’s next batter, Nowaczewski, reached base via hit-by-pitch, loading the bases for Koszuth, who jacked a grand slam deep over the outfield fence to hand the Raiders a 7-2 advantage. Reed added an insurance run in the bottom of the sixth on a Dice sac fly for the 8-2 final.
“The ball was absolutely crushed,” Phenix said of Koszuth’s homer. “You can’t hit a ball better than that.”
Nowaczewski started on the bump for the Raiders tossing eight strikeouts through 4 1/3 innings while walking one and giving up two runs, one earned.
Reed will now close out the tournament today as it hosts Douglas at 12 p.m. and Spanish Springs at 2:30 p.m.
“I want to see competitiveness because it’s the end of the tournament. Once you get this deep in a tournament like this, a five-team tournament in a short period of time, you have to see how deep your bench is,” Phenix said. “We have some kids who can still throw and have some innings left, so that’s good. I’d like to see us be aggressive on the bases again and good with our selection when we’re hitting.”