Jensen’s 21 strikeouts, 10th inning rally secure rematch with Palo Verde in state title game
Reed scored six times in the 10th inning on Friday to advance to the state title game with a 9-3 win over Coronado Friday afternoon at Bishop Gorman.
It was the Raiders’ second win over the Cougars in as many days, edging the Cougars 2-0 in Thursday’s first-round contest.
Julian Jensen was near untouchable in the 10-inning complete game, striking out a staggering 21 batters while allowing just three runs (all unearned) on six hits.
Reed (36-3-1) pounded out four home runs, two from Jensen who finished 2-for-3 with four RBIs and two runs scored. Jessica Sellers (1-for-5, three RBIs, two runs) and Rheanna Smith (1-for-5) also went deep.
Another rematch awaits Reed in Saturday’s title game, when it will play Palo Verde (36-5).
The Panthers have won 18 straight. The Raiders’ 30-game winning streak was snapped by Palo Verde earlier on Friday with a 2-0 defeat.
First pitch is at 10 a.m. and because Reed has a loss in the tournament, it will have to top Palo Verde twice to claim a second state title in three years.
The Raiders beat the Panthers twice the 2015 state tournament to win the title, including a 3-2 victory in the title game.
Palo Verde 2, Reed 0
Grace Chavez’s two-run home run in the fourth inning was the difference in Friday’s state semifinal.
The two-run shot ended the Raiders’ winning streak at 30 games with a 2-0 loss to Palo Verde.
Taylor Askland picked up the win for Palo Verde, striking out five and allowing just five hits in a complete-game shutout.
Reed outhit Palo Verde, 5-4.