Here they go again.
After starting last season 24-0, the Raiders are off to a 14-0, 9-0 start this spring.
They took care of Douglas twice at home on Saturday and Galena on Thursday.
The schedule gets drastically more difficult this week for the Raiders, however, as they head to Sacramento for the Victory Tournament next weekend. They will open Friday against Lincoln (6-7) and Vanden (8-0) before playing Casa Roble (9-3) and Ponderosa (5-3) on Saturday.
The tournament, which Reed has won the last two years, was scheduled to be played at the start of the season but was postponed due to a late winter/early spring storm.
Reed 14, Douglas 4 (five innings)
The Raiders led just 6-4 after three and a half innings in Saturday’s nightcap before breaking the game open with eight runs in the bottom of the fourth.
Julia Jensen, who came on in relief in the top of the third, threw a scoreless top of the fifth to shut the door. Jensen went 2.1 scoreless innings in relief of Aliya Lange, allowing just one hit and striking out two.
Jensen and Jessica Sellers both went 3-for-4 at the plate in the win. Jensen drove in a pair on three singles. Sellers hit a home run and a double, drove in two and scored three times.
The Raiders sent 11 to the plate in the eight-run fourth inning.
Reed 4, Douglas 1
The Raiders barely stayed perfect in Saturday’s first game. And it was because the bottom of the order came through.
With the game tied 1-1 with two outs in the bottom of the seventh, pinch hitters Gabby Kahl and Mariah Adame reached on singles, setting the table for No. 9 hitter Carla Hernandez. Ballgame.
Hernandez deposited a 1-2 pitch over the centerfield fence for a walk-off home run.
Reed’s ace, Jensen, went the distance in the circle, allowing one run on four hits while striking out 14. She walked just one.
The Tigers scored their lone run in the top of the fist on a solo homer. The Raiders responded in their ensuing at bat when Sellers reached on a single and came around to score on a Jensen sac fly.
The score remained 1-1 until Hernandez’s heroics in the bottom of the seventh.
Cougs crush Colts, twice
The Cougars rebounded from a loss at Reno with a convincing home doubleheader sweep of Wooster on Saturday.
Outscoring the Colts 34-8 in the two wins, Spanish Springs improved to 10-4, 6-2.
The Cougars will take a reprieve from DI North play next weekend as they are scheduled to partake in the Victory Tournament in Sacramento.
Spanish Springs 17, Wooster 7 (six innings)
The Cougs spotted the Colts (3-11, 2-7) a 5-0 lead in the top of the first in Saturday’s nightcap before scoring 11 unanswered runs in the six-inning rout.
Spanish Springs legged out four triples in the victory.
Kourtney Townsend was 3-for-5 with a double, one of the triples and 4 RBIs.
Spanish Springs 17, Wooster 1 (five innings)
Spanish Springs was out of the gates early in Saturday’s first game, scoring 10 times in the bottom of the first.
Hayley Fein didn’t need the run support. She allowed a lone unearned run on just one hit while striking out 10 in the five-inning complete game. She did not walk a single batter.
Railroaders drop two of three in Elko
Sparks was unable to build on Friday’s win at Elko, dropping the final two games of the series.
The Railroaders now sit at 3-10, 3-10 in the DI-A North and will host a three-game set with Fernley (8-4-1, 8-0) starting with a single game on Friday. The two teams wrap up the series with a doubleheader on Saturday.
Elko 15, Sparks 5 (five innings)
Sparks was outscored 15-2 after scoring three runs in the top of the first in the final game of the set with the Indians (8-8, 6-6).
Angie Ruiz was the only Railroader with a multi-hit game. She went 2-for-3.
Elko 15, Sparks 5 (five innings)
The Railroaders finished with as many hits as errors (5) in the second game of the weekend.
Cynthia Barela went 1-for-4 with a home run, 2 RBIs and 3 runs scored.