“It’s unfortunate when you run into games like that, but sometimes it happens,” Reed coach John Phenix said. “That isn’t a slight in anyway to Hug. They are a capable ball club and I expect them to turn around and come ready to battle us.”
Reed (15-10, 10-7) began pouring it on in the first inning, using its bats and the help of an abundance of Hug mishaps.
After the Hawks retired the first two batters of the game, RHS went to work.
Following a hit by pitch that put Joey Dice safely on base, the Raiders ripped off three consecutive doubles from Mark Nowaczewski, Tyler Starley and Brandon Koszuth to grab a 3-0 edge. By the time the Hawks recorded the final out of the inning, Reed had extended its advantage to 8-0.
In the bottom frame of the first, it looked as though HHS would put together an immediate response, loading the bases with one out. Unfortunately for the Hawks, Reed starting pitcher Thomas Sertic and the Raiders came away unscathed as a strikeout and groundout ended the threat.
Reed added to its edge in the top of the second. Starley laced a leadoff double to the right-center field gap before rounding the bases on a Brett Chaney single. An Austin Dutra double put runners in scoring position for Jonathon Pinto, who promptly roped a two-RBI double to right field.
A dropped fly ball plated two more for the Raiders in the top of third, extending the Blue and Gold's lead to 13-0. Reed then pushed its advantage to 15-0 on another pair of runs in the fourth. In the top half of the fifth, with the result all but final, the Raiders sealed their victory with a five-spot en route to the 20-0 score.
Reed finished with 22 hits in the game, including 10 doubles. Starley led the barrage at the dish, going 2-for-2, both hits good for doubles. Jake Lehman went 3-for-3 while Pinto, Kevin Koszuth and Chris Flores were each 2-for-3. Chaney and Dutra added to the attack with 3-for-5 and 3-for-4 efforts, respectively.
“I thought we did a very good job of putting the ball in play,” Phenix said. “I would say 15 or 16 of our hits were very legitimate. They obviously saw the ball well. I liked the way we hit the ball hard and just their approach at the plate. They weren’t going for the fences, but just put the ball in play hard.”
Sertic earned the win from the bump, striking out 12 over five innings of work.
“Sertic threw well,” Phenix said. “He kept his focus and just pitched. He paid no mind to the score and was just awesome out there.”
Reed will now host the Hawks as it goes for the sweep Thursday. First pitch is set for 3:45 p.m.