With a state playoff berth on the line, the Reynolds pitching staff came through once again.
Reynolds's Lucas Dehnert stifled the Glencoe bats all afternoon, throwing a complete game shutout and leading the Raiders to a 1-0 victory over the Crimson Tide in a state-qualifier game Wednesday, May 17.
With the win, Reynolds (9-15, 8-9 Mount Hood Conference) advances to the first round of the playoffs where they will likely play top-ranked West Linn on Monday. Glencoe's (13-13, 9-7 Metro League) season comes to an end with the loss.
"Today was huge. We wanted to get to the playoffs and I knew that if I came out and threw strikes that my team would have my back on defense," Dehnert said. "(Glencoe) is a really scrappy team. We just came out and made plays when we needed to."
Glencoe had at least one runner in scoring position in four of the seven innings in this game, but despite their opportunities, they were unable to get that timely hit.
"It was a tough loss. It was a great high school baseball game for sure ... There was great defense and great pitching from both sides," Glencoe head coach Tim Stewart said. "We had our opportunities with guys in scoring position...It's baseball and that stuff happens, but being on this side of it is pretty sour."
Reynolds head coach Kyle Swoboda says that his pitcher has a "bulldog mentality," which proved to be crucial when Dehnert got himself in trouble throughout the course of this contest.
"We knew that Glencoe would be scrappy and they were scrappy all night ... Lucas definitely gets that chip on his shoulder when runners are on," Swoboda said. "I though he did a great job. He threw strikes in big moments."
Despite being handed the loss, Jarrett Pinster was outstanding on the mound for Glencoe. Pinster gave up just three hits and no earned runs in seven innings of work.
"A lot of it for me was just throwing strikes and having good command of my fastball ... If you have good command of your fastball at the high school level, you will be able to get guys out," Pinster said. "The loss sucks, but I'm glad I could play one last time with my boys."
The lone run that the Raiders got was in the top of the second inning. Designated hitter Kyle Dobrinkski reached second on a two-base error and advanced to third on a wild pitch moments later. Second baseman Caden Gordy then knocked Dobrinkski in with an RBI groundout to give Reynolds the 1-0 advantage.
"This was Jarrett's best outing of the season ... He is usually our number three guy but he threw like a number one guy today," Stewart said. "(Pinster) put us in a position to win, we just couldn't get a guy or two to the plate."
The Crimson Tide looked like they were getting something going in the bottom of the second with consecutive singles to right field, but Dehnert picked off Bryce Fornshell off of second base to end the Glencoe threat.
Glencoe's best chance to get on the board came in the bottom of the fifth when they were able to get runners to second and third. But once again, Dehnert was able to get out of trouble.
"When runners get in scoring position I just bare down and keep throwing strikes," Dehnert said. "I pitch to contact and I know that my defense will make plays for me."
Swoboda was thrilled about the victory, but he knows that his team is going to need to do a better job producing runs if they are going to make a playoff push.
"Hitting is contagious man. We just need someone to get us going," Swoboda said. "We will work on it these next few days and see what happens ... We have got nothing to lose. We're the underdogs from here on out and that is okay with us."