Game 2 Saturday was far from pretty for either team.
The Raiders posted two runs in the opening inning on a misplayed grounder in the infield.
In the bottom of the first, Reno cut the deficit in half when Austin Wood singled and eventually scored on Trevor McElroy’s RBI fielder’s choice.
The Raiders answered right back in the second, going up 3-1 on Connor Cox’s RBI bloop single. Cox had two hits and two RBIs in the loss.
However, it started to unravel in the bottom half of the second for Reed.
Scott Borsum led off the inning and reached on the second of five Raider errors in the game.
Three straight walks pushed across Borsum and left the bases loaded for leadoff man Nick Bietz, who smoked a two-run double down the left-field line, handing the Huskies a 4-3 edge. The hosts never trailed again.
Reno capped the five-run rally by scoring on a couple infield outs.
Reed didn’t quit at that point.
In the top of the third, Derek Garcia led off with a double just inside the right-field line and Ryan Butler followed with a perfectly-placed bunt single, advancing Garcia to third. A wild pitch enabled Garcia to scamper home.
The Blue and Gold got to within one run in the fourth frame. Adam Bolingbroke doubled and scored two batters later on a Cox groundout. Reed could not get closer than 6-5.
Reno put up four runs in the fourth and the fifth to take control.
In the fourth, Trevor McElroy plated two runs with a single to left field and came home on Anthony Hascheff’s two-run bomb.
Two errors helped extend the fifth inning, and Reno made Reed pay.
With the bases juiced, Trevor McElroy smoked a 2-1 pitch opposite field for a grand slam, padding the cushion to 14-6 after Reed had made it 10-6 in the top half of the fifth.
Reno could have instituted the 10-run mercy rule in the fifth, but left the bases loaded.
The Huskies sealed the deal in the sixth though, scoring on an error and a fielder’s choice.
Reno only had nine hits in the game. Bietz, Wood, Trevor McElroy and Hascheff all had two apiece. Reed pitchers walked 10 batters to multiply the pain felt by the five defensive miscues.
“We didn’t field the ball well, and what killed us today were our pitchers. We didn’t get ahead of hitters,” Reed baseball coach Nick Royle said. “You can tip your hat to Reno. They’re a good team. With what they did today, they’ve probably won the league or are very close to winning the league. We just didn’t get it done.
“When you score six runs and score in every inning, you should be in the game. We just got flat out embarrassed in two games today.”
Alex Graybar pitched four innings of relief to pick up the pitching win.
In the early game, Reno broke open a 2-1 game with a six-run bottom of the fifth inning to take an 8-1 lead.
With two outs and the bases loaded in the bottom of the sixth, Harrison Gray stepped up to the plate with a chance to end the game early. Instead, he drew a walk on four straight balls by A.J. Silva, making it a 9-1 game.
Then it was Tyler McElroy’s turn to try to end the slaughter, but he would have to do it against a new pitcher as Bolingbroke took over on the mound. Tyler McElroy also picked up a cheap RBI with a walk, pushing the lead to 10-1. The walk brought the Huskies back to the top of the order.
Bietz drove a 1-0 offering to the power alley in right-center field and over the fence for a game-ending grand slam.
Reno remains undefeated in league play at 12-0.
Reed falls to 7-15 overall and 3-9 in the High Desert League with two league series remaining versus Spanish Springs and North Valleys.
“I think we’re out, but I really don’t know,” Royle said. “We’re 3-9 right now, and it all depends on how Wooster and McQueen did today. With McQueen winning yesterday, we need them to sweep to even have a chance. We probably either have to win two of three or sweep Spanish Springs.”