Reed dropped out of a five-way tie for third place in the DI North with a 10-9 loss at Damonte Ranch on Tuesday afternoon.
Following the one-run defeat, the Raiders sit at 15-5, 8-5. The Mustangs improved to 10-10, 9-4.
Reed lost the game in the fourth and fifth innings. The game was knotted at 3-3 with three complete before the Mustangs scored three times in the fourth and four times in the fifth to open up a 10-4 advantage.
The Raiders scored five times in the top of the sixth, due in part to five walks, to get within one. The rally fizzled with the tying run at third and one out.
Parker Houston led the way at the dish, going 2-for-4 with 3 RBIs and a run scored.
Reed will attempt to salvage a split with Damonte Ranch when it hosts the Mustangs on Thursday at 3:45 p.m.
Cougs drop big one at Galena
The stage was set for a dramatic game on Tuesday at Galena.
Spanish Springs (15-6, 10-3) and Galena (14-5-1, 11-2) entered tied atop the DI North—at least two games clear of everyone else.
However, the Grizzlies’ bats removed any of the anticipated drama. They pounded out 16 runs on 17 hits (three home runs) and routed the Cougs 16-6 in six innings.
After giving up six runs in the second inning and falling into a 7-2 hole, the Cougs cut it to 8-6 after their at bat in the top of the fifth. Both runs in the inning were unearned.
Then it got graphic.
Galena scored seven runs in the bottom of the fifth. Jared Kiessling blasted a three-run shot and Austin Whickham hit a two-run dinger in the game-deciding inning. Whickham’s round tripper was his second of the day. He also hit a two-run home run in the bottom of the second.
Sami Baig hit an RBI single in the bottom of the sixth that proved to be a walk off. His knock pushed Galena’s lead to 10 and enacted the 10-run mercy rule.
Spanish Springs only finished with one more hit (5) than it did errors (4).
Casey Miller was 2-for-2 with an RBI and a run scored in the loss.
The Cougars will look for a split with the Grizzlies when they play host on Thursday at 3:45 p.m. A win would push them back into a tie for first place.
Sparks gets on the board
Sparks picked up its first DI-A North win of the season on Tuesday, hanging on to beat Truckee 6-5 at home. The victory snapped a 13-game losing streak.
The Railroaders moved to 4-14, 1-13 while the Wolverines fell to 3-16, 3-11.
Sparks scored a pair of insurance runs in the bottom of the sixth to take a 6-2 lead and they proved vital. Truckee scored three times in the top of the seventh to get within one before coming up short.
Junior Manny Sambrano allowed two runs (one earned) on five hits over four innings to pick up the win. He struck out five and walked two.
At the plate, Bruce Hicks was 2-for-4 with a double, an RBI and a run scored. Jorden Aguilar went 2-for-3 with 2 RBIs and a run of his own.
Sparks starts a three-game set at Dayton (7-11, 3-11) with a single game on Friday.