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Raiders defense protects lead vs. Cavaliers

SOFTBALL - Kelli Eubanks scores the winning run in the fifth inning
by: David Ball, Reynolds' third baseman Kalie Schleiger makes contact during an at-bat in the fifth inning of the Raiders' 4-3 win in Clackamas on Tuesday.

CLACKAMAS - The Reynolds defense trapped six runners at third base to pull out a 4-3 nonleague softball win against Clackamas on Tuesday, April 3.

The Raiders took a 3-0 lead in the second inning sparked by Jackie Murphy's two-run triple that sailed over the head of the Cavaliers' right fielder.

Clackamas pulled even at 3-3 after Kim Christensen drew a bases-loaded walk in the fourth inning. Reynolds escaped further damage when third baseman Kalie Schleiger backhanded a ground ball down the line and made a safe throw across the infield to get the third out.

Reynolds regained its lead if the fifth inning when Kelsey Kai lifted a single just over the outstretched glove of the Cavs' shortstop to bring in teammate Kelli Eubanks with the winning run.

Kai protected the Raiders' slim lead by making a lunging catch on a line-drive in the sixth inning to freeze the tying run at third base.

'We just all stayed calm and made the plays,' Kai said. 'Some of it was just reflexes, but we stayed consistent on defense.'

Reynolds pitcher Jessi Burlando retired Clackamas on just three pitches in the seventh inning.

Look for extended softball coverage in the Wednesday, April 4, issue of The Outlook.