In their biggest game of the season, the Raiders put it all together. The Reynolds softball team turned in a complete effort in all phases of the game on Tuesday to knock off Century 9-2 in the Class 6A play-in qualifier.
The Raiders had stretches during the regular season when they lapsed in one aspect of the game or another, but they had everything working for them as they disposed of the Jaguars. Reynolds rocked Century pitcher Miranda Villarreal throughout the game and constantly had runners on base. In the field, Reynolds outfielders made some sensational plays as the team was almost flawless defensively.
As far as pitching was concerned, Reynolds ace Kelsey Oldham threw 6.1 innings, allowing two runs on four hits.
The catalyst for the Raiders stellar all-around performance was their response to what Century did in the top of the first inning. The Jaguars drew first blood with two runs to start the game, but Reynolds refused to let them have the early momentum. The Raiders answered with five hits and four runs in the bottom of the first inning to steal a 4-2 lead.
I felt like there were some jitters in the first inning, and I think that is why we gave up the two runs. We were a bit tentative, Reynolds coach Greg Fernandes said. We did a great job bouncing back and scoring, which was really important. It put the pressure back on them, and they didnt respond.
Reynolds (15-11) hopes to keep firing on all cylinders as it enters the 6A field of 32. The Raiders play a first-round game at Three Rivers League champion West Linn (15-11) on Monday.
Look for expanded play-in coverage in the Friday, May 23, print edition.
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