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Lady Raiders, Cougars open tournament play
by Tribune Staff
Apr 12, 2013 | 1784 views | 0 0 comments | 9 9 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Looking to get in some game action over spring break, the Reed and Spanish Springs softball squads kicked off the Reed Easter Tournament with round robin play Friday.

Reed went 3-0-1 in its contests, securing the top seed for Day 2 of the tournament Saturday.

“Really it was pitching and defense,” Reed coach Jon Wunder said. “We really got a great pitching performance from our three pitchers who saw action. Our defense played well behind them. We had a crucial error in our last game, but overall it was pretty solid all day.”

In the first game, Marriah Levesque led the Raiders from the circle. The junior pitched four innings before Jackie Sertic came on in relief in the fifth inning to close out a 4-2 victory over Galena.

The Blue and Gold then took on Newark Memorial High School (Newark, Calif.). The Raiders pushed four runs home in the first inning, which proved to be enough as Reed held on for another 4-2 win with Megan Dettling going the distance from the circle.

Reed (15-2-3) faced off against Douglas next and again used a fast start en route to a victory. After pushing three runs to the plate through the second inning, the Raiders, with Sertic in the circle, held on for a 3-2 win over the Tigers.

The only game in which the Raiders did not come away with a victory was in their final contest of the day. Squaring off with Freedom High (Oakley, Calif.), Reed ended Day 1 with a 1-1 tie. Sertic took the circle for the Raiders.

Scoreless through six innings, the Falcons took advantage of an RHS error, taking a 1-0 lead. The Raiders then countered in the bottom half of the frame to force the 1-1 stalemate.

“If there is an Achilles' heel in there it’s that we scored early in our three wins, but then that was it the rest of the way,” Wunder said. “We didn’t score any more. Fortunately our pitching and defense held those leads.

“Along with some more solid pitching and defense, we just want to be more consistent in our hitting. Whether it be hitting or hitting with runners in scoring position. We want to finish the game by scoring throughout the game.”

Reed will face the winner of Wooster and North Valleys. First pitch is set for 11 a.m.

While the Raiders earned the top seed for Day 2, Spanish Springs wasn’t far behind, grabbing the second seed with a 2-1 effort on Day 1.

“It was almost two weeks that we had off from our last game, so finally getting a chance to get back to playing was great for us,” Spanish Springs coach Jeff Davidson said. “The first couple of games we didn’t hit the ball real well and then we got it going in the third game.”

In Game 1, the Cougars edged North Valleys 3-2. Ally Batastini earned the 'W' from the circle, striking out four through five innings. At the plate, Megan Archer led the SSHS effort, going 1-for-2, with a two-run home run. Kelsie Merritt also went 1-for-2 with an RBI.

Spanish Springs met James Logan (Union, Calif.) in Game 2, dropping a 5-0 result.

The sides were knotted at 0-0 through three innings, but James Logan seized the momentum in the fourth with a pair of runs following a Cougar error. The Colts added two more in the fifth and an insurance run in the sixth for the 5-0 final. Brette Lawrence worked all six innings, striking out five with two earned runs.

“We had two outs and it was 0-0, but we made a throwing error, which kind of opened the floodgates for them,” Davidson said. “They’re an excellent team and they’re ranked, so it was just good getting back on the field and getting a chance to play again.”

The Cougars then bounced back, grabbing an 8-0 win against Fallon in their final game of the day. Batastini led the way at the dish, going 3-for-3 with two RBI and two runs. Taylor Helton and Myrissa Prince both were 2-for-3, with Helton recording two RBI and Prince tallying an RBI and two runs.

Lawrence earned the complete game shutout, allowing just one hit over five innings with five strikeouts.

Spanish Springs (14-3) will face No. 7 Galena at 8 a.m.

“I just want to see them go out and be consistent,” Davidson said. “I want them to have good approaches at the plate and play good, solid defense.”

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