Raiders complete sweep of Grizzlies
Reed wrapped up an unlikely regular-season sweep of Galena on Saturday afternoon with a dominating five-inning 10-0 home win over the Grizzlies.
The victory came two days after the Raiders (8-14, 5-7) erased a three-run deficit to steal a 6-4 win at Galena, ending a seven-game losing streak. The Grizzlies dropped to 11-10, 8-4.
Jett Brook shut down one of the most prolific offenses in the 4A North, throwing a five-inning one hitter. He struck out one and walked two.
“Jett Brook did a great job challenging their hitters today,” first-year Reed coach Levi Matherly said. “They have a strong offensive lineup, and to hold them to one hit is a tough challenge. We needed a good outing from him and he delivered.”
The Raiders smacked 13 hits in the win, led by designated hitter Miah Harmon (3-for-3, three runs) and second baseman Ryan Murphy (3-for-3, two RBIs, run).
Right fielder Jon Pinto provided Reed’s lone extra base hit, a two-run triple in the bottom of the fourth that put the home team up 7-0.
“Offensively, we did a good job of being aggressive at the plate and putting them in tough situations,” Matherly said. “And we were able to get some timely hitting with runners in scoring position.”
The Raiders also stole five basses.
Reed will try to win its third straight on Tuesday afternoon when it plays North Valleys at Greater Nevada Field. First pitch is at 4 p.m.
Miller pitches Cougs over Miners
Spanish Springs remained in a tie atop the 4A North on Saturday with a 5-1 home win over Bishop Manogue.
The Cougars (13-4, 9-3) kept pace with Reno by completing the regular-season sweep of the Miners (8-11, 6-6) and winning their fourth straight.
UNLV commit Casey Miller dominated for five innings and picked up the win. Miller allowed just two hits and struck out eight over five scoreless without surrendering a walk.
Colton Forman recorded the final four outs to earn the save.
He entered with runners on first and second and two outs in the top of the sixth as the Cougs clung to a 3-1 lead. He induced an inning-ending flyout to center and the Cougs tacked on two insurance rallies in the home half.
Tristan Hussey led off the bottom of the sixth with a pinch-hit triple and wasn’t there long. He scored one batter latter on Culp’s RBI single. Dawson Martin capped the scoring when he plated Marlin Brucato, who reached on an error, with the second run-scoring single of the inning.
Culp finished 3-for-4 with a double, RBI and run scored. Martin went 2-for-4 with a pair of runs driven in.
Spanish Springs goes on the road Tuesday afternoon to play at McQueen.
4A North baseball standings
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Sparks swept by Fernley
The Railroaders dropped both ends of Saturday’s doubleheader at Fernley and saw their losing streak reach six games.
Sparks now sits at 5-12, 2-11. Fernley jumped to 9-10, 7-7.
Truckee will host Sparks on Tuesday afternoon.
Fernley 11, Sparks 2
Niko Budija, Tanner Crow and Matt Longland all had two hits as Sparks fell in the final game of the three-game set on Saturday.
Budija was responsible for both runs driven in, both times it was Crow who reached home.
Fernley 4, Sparks 1
Longland was charged with just one earned run in a complete-game effort in the first contest of Saturday’s doubleheader, but was saddled with the loss.
Longland struck out 11 and scattered six hits, however, three defensive errors led to a trio of unearned runs.
Offensively, Sparks managed just two hits for the second-straight game in the series. Budija (1-for-3, RBI) and Longland (1-for-3, run) accounted for the pair of knocks.
The Railroaders’ lone run came in the top of the first before the Vaqueros knotted it at 1-1 in the bottom of the first, added another run in the second, and pushed two across in the third.
Raiders balloon winnings streak to 15 games
Reed took care of North Valleys in both ends of Saturday’s road doubleheader to move into a tie for first place with Spanish Springs.
The Raiders have now won 15 straight and sit at 20-2-1, 10-2 while the Panthers dipped to 1-12, 1-9.
A trip to Carson on Thursday is next on the Raiders’ schedule
Reed 14, North Valleys 0 (5 innings)
Aliya Lange struck out four in a complete-game one hitter as the Raiders rolled in the second game of Saturday’s doubleheader.
Of the 15 hits Reed pounded out, six went for extra bases.
Jessica Sellers finished 4-for-4 with a double, triple, one RBI and three runs scored. Freshman Cailyn Leone went 1-for-2 with a double, three runs driven in and a run. And in just her third game back since a knee injury suffered during last year’s regional tournament, Rheanna Smith hit a two-run double in her only at bat.
Reed 8, North Valleys 1
Julia Jensen struck out nine and allowed just one run on two hits to pick up a complete-game victory in Saturday’s first contest.
Half of the Raiders’ 10 hits went for doubles.
Freshman Jilian Kygar (2-for-3, double, RBI, run), senior Allie Hughes (2-for-4, double, run), and Jensen (2-for-4, two runs) all had multi-hit games.
Spanish Springs splits doubleheader with McQueen
By Brian Walther, reporting intern
Spanish Springs salvaged a home doubleheader split with McQueen on Saturday afternoon to remain knotted with Reed atop the 4A North.
The Cougars moved to 18-5, 10-2 while the Lancers sit at 10-8, 8-3.
A trip to Minden to play Douglas awaits Spanish Springs on Thursday.
Spanish Springs 17, McQueen 2 (4 innings)
Spanish Springs rebounded in the second game and jumped out to a big lead in the first inning.
Junior Amidori Anderson (1-for-4, two runs, three RBIs) doubled in a run scoring Savannah Martin (four runs). The Cougars would put up a total up five runs in the inning forcing the Lancer to make a pitching change.
Lanessa Romo had a big day at the plate with two hits, two runs, and three RBIs. Aubrey Parks also had herself a day going 4-for-4 with an RBI and a run scored.
Pitcher Tyra Clary kept McQueen from answering back with a dominant performance, allowing two runs in four innings.
“The second game we played solid defense,” Spanish Springs coach Jeff Davidson said. “We made those adjustments at the plate, that’s what the difference was.”
McQueen 6, Spanish Springs 5
The Cougars fell behind early in the first game of the double header and couldn’t recover.
The Lancers pushed four runs across in the second inning and another two in the third, leading to an early pitching change.
Spanish Springs responded in the bottom half of the third with a pair of runs on a double courtesy of junior Courtney Huff (3-for-4, double, RBI) and an RBI groundout from junior Aubrey Parks (two RBIs).
The Cougars nearly completed the comeback in the seventh with an RBI double from freshman Kilee Pender (2-for-4, double, two runs) which scored Alysa Micone (1-for-3, two runs) but would ultimately fall short, losing the game 6-5.
“We committed a lot of errors and didn’t play well,” Davidson said. “We didn’t make adjustments at the plate until the end of the game.”
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