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Reed baseball winless no more, splits twin bill with McQueen
by Aaron Retherford
Mar 20, 2010 | 796 views | 0 0 comments | 6 6 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Tribune/John Byrne - Reed junior Jeff Copple pitched the Raiders to their first victory of the season Saturday.
Tribune/John Byrne - Reed junior Jeff Copple pitched the Raiders to their first victory of the season Saturday.
The Reed baseball team turned a big corner Saturday, but it was a big turn that cost the Raiders a chance to sweep their High Desert League doubleheader with McQueen.

Reed looked nothing like the team that lost 14-0 in five innings at the northwest Reno school Thursday.

The Raiders took the early game of the twin bill, 8-5, and rallied for three runs in the bottom of the seventh of the nightcap to come up just one run short, 7-6.

"We were a completely different team than we were on Thursday and the week before," Reed baseball coach Nick Royle said. "I've been telling you guys. We're going to get better every game. That last game was within our grasp. A couple mistakes here and there and it could have been different."

McQueen's Dylan Kay crushed a pitch over the left-field fence to lead off the top of the seventh in Game 2. The solo shot was his second homer of the day and gave the Lancers a 7-3 edge heading into the final half inning.

With one out in the bottom of the seventh, Derek Garcia tripled. He then scored on a sacrifice fly by Jason Stroberg.

But that only left the RHS nine with one out remaining.

Roberto Velazquez drew a two-out walk and came all the way around to score on pinch hitter Garrett Corbett's RBI double to the gap in right-center field, making it a 7-5 game.

An error and collision at first base allowed another run to score, and Erik Martinez advanced to second.

Beau Tittensor hit a high bouncer to third base that was misplayed, but Martinez took the turn too wide at third and was caught in no man's land for the third out.

Connor Cox had two hits in both games for Reed, including a pair of doubles in the late contest.

Garcia helped Reed jump out to an early lead in Game 1 with a solo homer in the first inning. The Raiders never trailed in the game.

McQueen was able to tie it in the top of the fourth, but the home team answered right back with three runs in the bottom half of the inning.

Garcia finished 3-for-4 at the plate, while Stroberg was 2-for-3 with three RBIs in the win.

Jeff Copple earned the victory on the mound, the first by Reed this year. Copple struck out six and walked one during his outing.

"We're happy with a split. That's what we needed," Royle said. "I'm a little disappointed we didn't get the sweep. In league we're 1-2. Most teams are going to be either 1-2 or 2-1, so we're right in the mix."

The Raiders are now 1-6 overall and 1-2 in HDL action. They host Henley of Klamath Falls, Ore. Wednesday.
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