Reynolds Junior Americans remain unbeaten
JBO Senior National
CLACKAMAS — The Reynolds Junior American baseball team blitzed Clackamas in the early inning and was never challenged on its way to a 17-8 win Tuesday at Hoodview Park.
The Raiders put up five runs in its first at-bats of the game, then trotted out defensively and stopped Clackamas in its tracks.
Asher Tanner scooped up a grounder at second base for the first out, and starting pitcher Austin Redford came back from down 3-0 in the count to strike out the next batter. The Raiders retired the side when Aiden Wake ran underneath a fly ball in shallow center field to strand a Clackamas runner in scoring position.
"Our success starts with our pitching," Reynolds Shawn Redford said. "We have a couple good starters and some kids who are good coming in to the game at any time."
Reynolds picked up where it left off when it grabbed the bats again in the second inning. Noah Kovac bounced a ground-rule double over the right-field fence to start the rally, and Jared Asivido brought him home with an RBI-single.
The Raiders did the rest of their damage with two outs, starting with Redford punching a two-run single through the right side, while Cooper Burleigh sent an RBI-single to left field to put the Rangers in charge 9-0.
"For the most part we swing the ball well and make good contact and that allows us to put up some pretty good numbers," Redford said.
Reynolds (15-0) is one of three unbeaten teams remaining at the Senior National level.
The Senior National county tournament is July 12-14, hosted by Reynolds High School.
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