Alex Young provided the power Tuesday and Jeff Copple threw four scoreless innings of relief to lead the Blue and Gold to a 7-5 win over North Valleys .
“Two in a row. It’s not a win streak yet, but it’s good to come out and play well today,” Reed baseball coach Nick Royle said. “We weren’t perfect, but we played very well. We had some good hitting. Jeff Copple came on in the fourth inning and shut them out for four innings.”
Reed powered up in the bottom of the first and posted a five spot on the scoreboard thanks to a towering two-run home run over the scoreboard by Jason Stroberg and a three-run shot by Young. The two long balls handed the Raiders a 5-3 lead.
In the third, the Panthers were able to get the first three batters on base, and they tied it up on Gage Clark’s RBI single and Mason Blake’s sacrifice fly. Clark was 2-for-4 with two RBIs, while Blake drove in three RBIs in the losing cause.
It didn’t take long for the RHS nine to go back on top for good. With two outs in the bottom of the third, Young tattooed a 2-2 pitch and cleared the fence in the deepest part of the ballpark for a solo home run and his fourth RBI.
“Maybe it’s Spring Break, I don’t know,” Royle said of the sudden power surge on offense. “I think these guys are kind of buying into what needs to be done in order to win the game. They’re playing as a team. We’re not quite there, but we’re starting to get there. It’s a good thing to see.”
Copple then took over in the top of the fourth and shut the door on North Valleys. Copple struck out eight and only gave up one hit and two walks in four innings of work for the win.
“We were just going to get him in there to throw a bullpen, and his arm felt really good,” Royle said. “He isn’t going to throw again for over a week, so we let him go a little bit longer today … He did a fantastic job, getting ahead of hitters. He competed, and when he did get in trouble, he threw that pitch to get himself out.”
Young scored an insurance run in the sixth. He drew a leadoff walk and eventually made it a 7-5 advantage when he came home on a wild pitch. Young was the lone Raider with more than one hit on the day.
Reed (6-12) is back on the field today when it heads to Carson. The game is scheduled for 7 p.m. but could be moved up to 5 p.m.
Sparks was down in Carson Tuesday night and lost to the Senators 12-2 in five innings.
The Railroaders got a run in the second on Andrew Garcia’s run-scoring base hit, and Dakota Bailey launched a bomb to center field in the third. Sparks coach Greg Vasko said it had to go at least 400 feet.
However, as a 3A school, Sparks simply does not have the pitching to compete with most 4A schools and the visitors gave up five runs in the last inning to fall by the mercy rule.
Sparks rapped out seven hits, but no one had more than one.
The Railroaders (4-11) host North Valleys today at 4 p.m. in the conclusion to the mini round-robin tournament.