The Raiders answer a seven-run burst with one of their own to topple South Salem

OUTLOOK PHOTO: DAVID BALL - Reynolds Kayley King keeps her eye on the ball after surviving a run down between third and home to give the Raiders a 2-0 lead in the first inning.

Play-in qualifier

Team Score
Reynolds (11-16)
South Salem (8-18)

TROUTDALE — South Salem delivered a big blow in the third inning only only to see Reynolds comeback with a haymaker of its own in the fourth on its way to a 16-10 win in a 6A softball qualifier Tuesday.

The Saxons came up with seven runs in the third inning, capped when No. 1 hitter Maygen McGrath hit a line drive that rolled to the center-field fence for a three-run triple that gave South Salem its only lead of the game at 8-5.

Reynolds answered with an identical outburst in the bottom of the fourth.

A couple Saxons' mistakes cost them the lead, and Reynolds just kept rolling.

Maliya Reece was called for an illegal pitch with the bases loaded, allowing Vanessa Smoke a free pass home with the tying run. Moments later, a wild pitch brought Maya Phillips sliding across the plate to push the Raiders in front to stay.

Reynolds would put five more runs on the board, capped by Vanessa Smoke who sent an RBI-double to left field in her second plate appearance of the inning.

The Raiders found themselves in charge 14-8.

Reynolds (11-16) travels to No. 3-ranked North Medford for Monday's opening round of the 6A playoffs.

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