Coming off its first loss of the season, Reed played inspired baseball and got a solid pitching performance by Austin Beard to down Wooster, 18-7 on Saturday at Wooster.
Beard allowed seven hits and struck out six as the Raiders improved to 5-1 in league, 10-1 overall.
Jake Van Tress was 4-for-4 with 2 RBIs, Vinny Fillipone was 2-for-4 with 5 RBIs and Lincoln Turner was 3-for-4 with 4 RBIs for the Raiders.
Van Tress said the Raiders were motivated after Wooster beat Reed, 14-6 on Thursday for the Raiders’ first loss of the season.
“We had a good stretch where we were playing really well and that woke us up, I think,” Van Tress said of losing, 14-6, to Wooster on Thursday. “We played good today as a team. We hit the ball, played defense and pitched. Austin Beard threw a hell of a game and we played defense behind him.”
Reed coach Jon Phenix said his team was relaxed, but focused before the game.
Wooster was undone by six errors in the game, several of which extended innings.
“We shot ourselves in the foot. We were out of the second inning. We were out of the third inning. We made crucial errors,” Wooster coach Ron Malcolm said. “They can swing the stick and they made us pay for it.”
The Colts got the bases loaded in the sixth inning, but could only get one run across.
Wooster used six pitchers in the game.
The Raiders pounded out 18 hits, to eight for Wooster.
Reed led 11-6 after six innings, then exploded for seven runs in the seventh to put the game away. The Raiders had seven hits in the seventh.
Reed led 4-0 after the top of the second, but the Colts rallied with three in the bottom half of the second.
Shawn Florence was 2-for-5 for the Colts. Tyler Schricker and Andrew Marable each drove in two runs.
Cade Monardo took the loss. He allowed eight hits and struck out three in 3 1/3 innings.
The league race is still fairly wide open with numerous teams capable of moving to the top.
“Everyone who takes a look at the way the league is going now, it’s pretty intense all the way across,” Malcom said.
Red plays a doubleheader against Aragon from San Mateo, Calif,. starting at 11 a.m. Tuesday, then one at 2 p.m. on Wednesday.
Wooster is at a tournament in Las Vegas starting Tuesday, then resumes league play at North Valleys on April 5.
In other games Saturday, Spanish Springs downed North Valleys 8-1, as Joey Arterburn and Carson McCusker each drove in two runs. Alan Lummel got the win, striking out five and allowing five hits in seven innings. Lummel was 2-for-2 at the plate.
A.J. Dennis was 2-for-3 for the Panthers.
Galena beat Hug, 12-0, as Tim Lichty drove in three runs. Sami Baig scored three runs and Nick Brown was 2-for-2 with 2 RBIs.
Payton Smith was 2-for-2 for the Hawks.
Carson beat McQueen, 4-1, and Bishop Manogue beat Douglas, 11-0, as Michael Davis pitched a shut out. Anthony Galati had a home run and Luke Smith was 2-for-2 with 3 RBIs, a double and a triple.