They needed that one.
The Raiders (17-7, 10-7) kept realistic hopes of hosting a first-round playoff game alive on Tuesday with a narrow 2-1 home win over Bishop Manogue (10-14, 10-7).
Jacob White and Jay Guerrero combined to throw a two-hitter for the Raiders, working around eight total walks and forcing the Miners to strand 10 runners.
White got the start and went 5 innings to pick up the win. Bishop Manogue scored its lone run of the day in the top of the second, off White, to take a 1-0 lead. It was unearned.
Guerrero worked out a bases-loaded jam with no outs in the top of the sixth on his way to a two-inning save.
Michael Davis went the distance for the Miners and was the tough-luck loser. He allowed two runs (both earned) on five hits with eight strike outs and just one walk.
Reed scored its only two runs off Davis in the bottom of the fourth. After Brandon Kernon led off with a double and Lincoln Turner followed with a single, Austin Beard tied it up with an RBI single. Two batters later, Matt Denn executed a suicide squeeze that allowed Turner to score what would be the game-winning run.
The Raiders will go for the regular-season sweep of the Miners on Thursday at Bishop Manogue.
Cougs’ leasing streak reaches six games
Spanish Springs’ late-season slide continued on Tuesday at Reno.
The Cougars (15-10, 10-7) fell 10-7 and have now dropped six straight and seven of their last eight. The Huskies improved to 21-5, 13-4.
Spanish Springs was only outhit 10-8, but was done in by six errors, two of which came in the decisive bottom of the second. Reno scored seven times in the frame.
The lead morphed to 9-2 after four innings before the Cougs plated five in the top of the fifth to get within two runs. They did not score again.
Josh Prizina (2-for-4, 2 RBIs) and Carson McCusker (2-for-3, 3 RBIs) both went deep in the loss.
The Cougars will attempt to salvage a split with the Huskies, and prevent the skid from reaching seven, on Thursday at home.