After squandering a 3-1 lead going to the seventh inning of Wednesday night’s home 4A North contest against Carson, Reed still had a chance.
Suddenly down 4-3, the Raiders loaded the bases in the bottom of the seventh with no outs and one of the best hitters in the region, Jon Pinto, at the dish. A lazy fly ball into the outfield grass would’ve tied it. A single could have won it. Instead, Pinto hit a screamer at the second baseman who then flipped to second for a double play.
A walk reloaded the bases only for the game to end on a pop up.
With the 4-3 loss, Reed dropped to 4-6, 2-3 and was unable to win its second big game in as many tries after dismantling Bishop Manogue, 12-0, on Monday. Carson improved to 6-4, 2-3.
The loss squandered a sharp outing from Jett Brook, who pitched into the seventh and took a no decision. He allowed three runs (two earned) on three hits while striking out four and walking two in six plus innings.
He left in the top of the seventh after allowing the first two batters to reach.
A two-run single two batters later tied the game. A bases-loaded hit by pitch put the Senators in front.
Bryce Moyle went six innings for Carson, striking out 13, and picked up the win. He was also charged with three runs (two earned) on four hits. He was forced to watch as Cole McDonald walked the tight rope in the bottom of the seventh before picking up the save.
The Raiders scored twice in the bottom of the fourth to take a 3-1 lead. Both runs came on one wild pitch.
Reed outhit Carson, 7-5, but was held without an extra-base hit. Carson had two.
Raiders first baseman Joey Brown (2-for-3, run) was the only player on either team with a multi-hit night.
Reed goes to Carson on Thursday night to conclude the regular-season series.