The Reed coaching staff didn’t put a ton of importance on the tourney tilt as Reed and Reno will meet again in a three-game High Desert League series in less than a week.
Reed pitchers Destinee Levesque and Kristy Pasley shared the pitching chores with Levesque working the odd numbered innings and Pasley the evens. Additionally, most of Reed’s roster played out of position.
“We wanted to have a little fun and we play them in a meaningful series coming up here soon,” Reed coach Ray Charles said of the Huskies. “We gave kids an opportunity to play different positions, but we still want to compete.”
Reno took the initial lead, pushing across a run in the top of the first inning. Carly Corthell tripled to score Cierra Anderson, who had walked. Unfortunately for the Huskies, it was their lone run of the non-league affair.
Reed responded with two runs in its half of the first and that was all the offense the Raiders would prove to need. Brooke Silva singled. Lindsay Yearman doubled and then Pasley and Amanda Leighton followed with RBI singles.
The Raiders tacked on single runs in the second and sixth frames. In the second, Levesque singled and wound up scoring on a Kyndal Comphel sacrifice fly. In the sixth, Levesque singled and scored after a Silva single.
By alternating innings, Levesque and Pasley certainly kept Huskies hitters off balance. Levesque struck out six and walked four while just allowing one hit in four innings of work. Pasley struck out two and did not give up a walk while retiring nine of the 10 Reno hitters she faced in three innings.
•Reed won its first game Saturday, a tournament quarterfinal, beating West Valley, Calif. 11-5. That win advanced the Raiders into the tourney semifinals where they lost 4-3 to James Logan High of Union City, Calif.
Two of Logan’s four runs in the Reed defeat were unearned, leaving the Raiders with a costly loss.
In the top of the first, Reed committed two errors, allowing a pair of Logan baserunners. Jazmine Reed followed with an inside-the-park three-run homer and Reed was forced to play catch up.
The Raiders did manage to deadlock the game at 3-3 with two runs in its half of the first and another score in the fourth. However, Logan got the game-winning run in the top of the seventh after a triple and single.
“It had not hurt us because we’d been winning, but I’ve been telling the girls our defense is going to cost us and today it did,” Charles said. “It’s nice that it happened in the tournament and not in league, but we’ve still go things to work on. We have to play good defense. Pitching is a strength for us. So, if we don’t play good defense behind our pitchers, that puts us in a tough spot. We’re not a scoring machine.
“We want to be in the championship of our tournament and we didn’t make it. So, we’re a little disappointed.
Reed (16-3) is in action again Thursday when it hosts Reno at 3:30 in an HDL game.