Ten-run fifth inning lifts Reed over Damonte Ranch
For the second time in four days, Reed found itself in a close home game against Damonte Ranch.
Last Friday, the Raiders ended up falling 8-6 in a non-league contest. In the 4A North opener on Tuesday afternoon, they exploded for 10 runs in the bottom of the fifth to break open a 5-5 game and walk off with a 15-5 victory.
Reed improved to 3-3, 1-0 with the five-inning victory, while Damonte Ranch dropped to 2-4, 0-1.
Caleb Ariaz ended the marathon final at bat with an RBI bloop single to right.
Before the game went off the rails, Will Bannister came on in relief with the game tied 5-5 the top of the fifth and runners on first and second. He induced an inning-ending 1-6-3 double play two pitches later and was awarded the win.
Bannister took over for starter Miah Harmon, who was given a no decision after allowing five runs (three earned) over 4.1 innings.
The Raiders walked seven times in the game-deciding 10-run inning. They drew 12 total free passes.
Outfielder Jon Pinto continued to swing hot stick, going 1-for-3 with a two-run home run in the bottom of the fourth that put the home team up 5-3.
First baseman Joey Brown went 2-for-4 with a double, triple, a pair of RBIs and two runs scored.
The Raiders will attempt the regular-season sweep (in regional play) of the Mustangs on Thursday afternoon at Damonte Ranch.
Cougs squeak past Colts
Spanish Springs tacked on single runs in the fourth, fifth, sixth and seventh innings to come back and steal a 5-4 road win at Wooster in Tuesday’s 4A North opener.
Colton Forman came on in relief in the fifth inning with the Cougars down 4-2 and struck out six over three scoreless innings to pick up the win.
The Cougars improved to 5-1, 1-0 with their fifth straight win. The Colts dropped to 3-3, 0-1. All three of their losses this season have been by one run.
Tanner Smith (2-for-4, two doubles, two RBIs) plated the game-winning run with a two-out RBI double in the top of the seventh.
Second baseman Jordan Santos (2-for-2, RBI, run) subbed into the game in the fifth inning and immediately cut the deficit to the 4-3 after reaching on a single. In the sixth, his two-out RBI single tied it.
Wooster led 4-1 going to the fourth thanks in part to three Spanish Springs errors.
Three of the four runs charged to starter Trevor French were unearned. He gave up seven hits, struck out five and did not walk a batter over four innings.
Spanish Springs plays its first home game of the season on Thursday against Wooster.