Nowaczewski dazzled on the mound at Wooster, shutting down the Colts for six innings as the Raiders came away with an 11-0 Division I North league victory in the opener of the series.
It only took 45 minutes to play the first three innings of the game and neither team could gain any traction on offense.
That changed in the fourth when Reed scored all the runs it would need.
The Raiders finally found a way to get to Wooster starting pitcher James Spain. A leadoff walk to Kevin Koszuth set the stage for the top of the fourth.
Tyler Starley followed by yanking a liner to left field for a single. A walk to Brandon Koszuth loaded the bases for the Blue and Gold.
Brett Chaney took the first pitch he saw and ripped a seeing-eye single between shortstop and third base, driving in the game’s first two runs.
Casey Higgins made it a 3-0 game with an RBI single up he middle.
In the fifth, Reed took a 4-0 lead on a wild pitch. It extended its lead to 5-0 thanks to a sacrifice fly by Joey Dice in the sixth.
Even though they didn’t need it, the Raiders slugged their way to the biggest rally of the game, pushing across six runs in the final inning.
Brandon Koszuth launched a moonshot to deep right field for a two-run home run, capping his 3-for-3 performance at the plate. He also had a double as he finished a triple shy of hitting for the cycle.
After reaching on an error, Brett Chaney came home via Alec Leighton’s sac fly.
A Casey Higgins double to deep center field put runners on second and third for Jon Pinto, who went opposite field to the gap in left-center field for a two-run double.
A fielder’s choice allowed Pinto to score the final run.
Nowaczewski pitched six innings of scoreless ball, allowing two hits and two walks, while striking out nine for the victory. Chris Flores pitched a 1-2-3 seventh to finish up the game.
“Mark deserved this one. He’s done well for us working out of the bullpen. He’s become a real asset for us in relief,” Reed baseball coach John Phenix said. “He’s accepted that role. It really worked out well for us. We got to throw Flores in the seventh as his bullpen. Him and Mark throw Saturday against Galena. Thomas (Sertic) will go against these guys Thursday.”
Reed (12-9, 7-6) will host Wooster Thursday at 3:45 p.m.