The Raiders took the first game of the league doubleheader 11-1 in five innings and broke open a 2-2 ballgame with a pair of four-run rallies in the final two innings to claim a 10-2 victory.
While the early game of the doubleheader lacked drama, Reed starting pitcher Megan Dettling was forced to protect a slim lead in the nightcap and it got nerve-racking a for a bit.
Reed scored one run in each of the first two innings. Mary Dettling singled in the first and eventually scored on a wild pitch. In the top of the second, Megan Dettling dropped down a bunt that stopped right on the third-base line for a single. Courtesy runner Chelsea Cummings scored from second on a hustle play when Britni Greninger hit a grounder to the second baseman.
In the bottom of the second inning, that’s when it started getting interesting. Megan Dettling walked two batters with one out, but the Lancers stranded those runners on first and second.
McQueen loaded them up in the bottom of the third with out. Again, Megan Dettling got out the jam, striking out one batter and inducing an inning-ending groundout to third base.
The fourth inning was quick for both teams as both pitchers recorded 1-2-3 innings.
But Megan Dettling flirted with disaster too long and wouldn‘t avoid damage in the fifth.
McQueen loaded the bases with no outs in the bottom of the fifth on an infield hit by Sadaria McAllister and back-to-back walks.
A comebacker led to the first out at home plate, but the bases remained juiced. The junior right-hander struck out the next hitter she faced as the Lancers looked like they would come away empty-handed again.
Alena Wilson hit a hard one-hopper to shortstop. Mackenzie Goins made a nice to play to pick the grounder, but her throw to first was in the dirt and got away, allowing two runs to score, knotting the game at 2-2.
But Goins and Megan Dettling both made amends to pick up their team in the top of the sixth.
Goins worked her way on base with a leadoff walk. After stealing second, Goins advanced to third on a sacrifice bunt by Lindsay Yearman.
Megan Dettling made sure she was the pitcher of record by coming up with a clutch single to left field, knocking in the go-ahead run. She took second on the throw home.
Cummings entered the game as a courtesy runner and rumbled all the way home on Danaya Thompson’s RBI single to right field, bumping up the lead to 4-2 and forcing McQueen pitcher Jaylyne Walker from the game.
Reed wasn’t done.
With two outs, a throwing error from third base allowed pinch runner Laura Frost to score from second and Amanda Leighton made it all the way around to third.
A Marriah Levesque single drove in Leighton for a 6-2 score. McQueen had to go to the bullpen again as McAllister got the final out of the inning with the bases loaded full of Raiders.
Game 1 winner Jackie Sertic came on in relief in the bottom of the sixth for the Blue and Gold, pitching two scoreless innings.
Reed posted a four spot in the top of the seventh with the help of two McQueen errors. Yearman singled and scored on a Greninger double. Leighton plated Greninger with a line drive single up the middle. An error and fielder’s choice accounted for the final two runs.
“When it got to be 2-2, we were pretty sure we would come back and answer with some runs like we did against Galena,” Reed softball coach Jon Wunder said. “We got some good contributions from our bench. It was a total team effort today.”
Levesque led the way in the second game, going 3-for-4 at the plate with an RBI. Megan Dettling and Thompson each added two hits and an RBI.
Megan Dettling struck out 10 hitters over five innings of work, but she walked six and gave up two hits. McQueen left nine runners on base, despite being held to three hits.
In Game 1, Reed posted two runs in the top of the first inning to take the lead for good, but a offensive explosion in the fourth frame left no doubt in the outcome.
To start the game, Levesque found the gap in right-center field for a one-out double. A wild pitch advanced her to third.
Mary Dettling sat on a changeup and ripped an RBI single to center field, giving Reed a 1-0 edge. Mary Dettling stole second and kept on going to third when the throw went into the outfield. Mary Dettling was homeward bound on a sacrifice fly by Goins.
McQueen’s offense was dormant the entire game, but the Raiders’ offense went silent in the second and third innings before batting around in the fourth frame.
Mary Dettling initiated the nine-run rally in the fourth with a base hit past the first baseman. An error by the third baseman allowed Goins to reach base, and a fielder’s choice loaded the bases with no outs.
Yearman swung at the first pitch she saw and delivered a two-run single to right field.
McQueen recorded its first out of the inning on a come backer by Thompson. However, Lancers starting pitcher McAllister didn’t check the runner at third and Megan Dettling scampered home for a 5-0 lead. Greninger smoked a line drive past a diving shortstop, plating Yearman. Kiara Shirley followed with a bloop single to shallow left field, and leadoff hitter Cassy Walsh dove in both runners with a two-run double when the McQueen left fielder charged in too far and the fly ball carried over her head.
McQueen then turned to Wilson to take over pitching duties.
Levesque welcomed her to the game with an RBI single, extending the lead to 9-0.
Mary Dettling laced her second single of the inning to right field. The ball was misplayed in right field, enabling Levesque to go from first to third. Mary Dettling moved up to second on the throw back to the infield.
Reed went ahead 10-0 on a passed ball and padded its cushion to 11-0 on a wild pitch.
The Lancers finally got on the scoreboard in the bottom of the fourth thanks to a bad throw that allowed leadoff hitter McAllister speed around all four bases on a bunt single. The throw from third went up the right-field line and McAllister cruised all the way home, cutting the deficit to 11-1. It also broke up Sertic’s bid for a no-hitter.
But it wasn’t enough to avoid the 10-run mercy rule after the fifth inning.
Sertic picked up the pitching victory. She worked all five innings, allowing just the unearned run. She struck out six, walked two and allowed two hits.
The first three batters of the order for the Raiders combined for eight of the team’s 12 hits. Reed hit .429 as a team in the twin bill opener.
Reed (8-1-2) will host Douglas at 3:45 p.m. Tuesday.
Saturday’s doubleheader between Spanish Springs and Hug was not expected to be a tightly contested matchup and it wasn’t.
Brette Lawrence no-hit the Hawks in a 12-0 win and Karlie Merritt held the visiting team to one hit in an 11-0 victory to pull off the league sweep.
Lawrence helped her cause, rapping out two doubles in the 12-0 triumph as the Cougs scored all their runs in the opening inning.
Leadoff hitter Myrissa Prince scored two runs and drove in two more in the long rally.
In the game, Sadye Roulund had two hits and three RBI. Ally Batastini has two hits and two RBI. Aubrene Blas, Megan Archer and Bayley Broadwater all added two hits in the win.
Lawrence had seven strikeouts in the circle.
Spanish Springs played a little long ball in the other game.
Autumn Alexander and Alyx Penrod both circled the bases with home runs. Alexander also doubled along with Sidney Sinclair and Batastini.
The Cougars spread out their scoring more, but still had a big inning with six runs in the third.
Merritt had 11 strikeouts in the one-hitter.
Spanish Springs (9-1) will welcome Carson to town Tuesday for a 3:45 p.m. contest.