With Megan Dettling in the circle for the Blue and Gold, there was little the Panthers could do with their bats as the Reed junior threw a one-hit complete game shutout.
“Megan did a good job of locating her pitches and she kept the walks to a minimum,” Reed coach Jon Wunder said. “It was a good outing for her. She was dominant and just pitched well. It was just a really good performance by her and our defense was solid and made some good plays. That’s what we need.”
With Dettling tossing a gem that included seven strikeouts and two walks, the Raiders took advantage in the batter’s box to improve to 17-3-3 overall and 9-0 in Div. I play.
Midway through the fourth inning, the score remained knotted at 0-0, but that quickly changed as Reed finally broke through in the bottom half of the frame to take a 1-0 edge.
From there, the Raiders kept their foot on the gas pedal as they pulled away from North Valleys.
After Reed tacked a trio of runs onto its lead in the bottom of the fifth to bring the margin to 4-0, the Raiders cushioned their advantage by adding five more runs in the sixth. With the sacks loaded, freshman Mackenzie Goins sealed the deal for the Raiders with a bases-clearing triple, resulting in the 9-0 final.
“We started out a little slow,” Reed coach Jon Wunder said. “We were hitting balls up in the air and had some hard shots right at people. We just weren't getting the hits we needed, but finally our bats came alive and we were able to score a run in the fourth. From there, we just did a good job at the plate and got contributions down the line.”
Cassy Walsh and Goins both led the way at the dish for the Raiders, going 2-for-3 respectively as Reed belted out 11 hits in the game.
Reed will look to complete a sweep of the Panthers at home on Tuesday. First pitch is set for 3:45 p.m.