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Reed fans 14 in 6 innings, Titans top 'Pack

Kevin Mays • Mar 16, 2019 at 1:55 AM

NICKELSVILLE — Justin Reed had a strong baseball season last year.

Seems the Twin Springs junior has picked up right where he left off.

After pitching a gem in the Titans’ 11-1 win over Unicoi County on Monday, Reed struck out 14 batters in Friday’s 7-4 victory over Ridgeview at Keith Memorial Park.

Reed tossed six innings, giving up four runs on five hits and surrendering one walk.

He also was strong at the plate, going 2-for-3 with a double and three RBIs.

A GOOD DAY

“The fastball was going good, I had some break on my curveball, I had my defense behind me,” Reed said. “I was confident on the mound.”

Reed kept Ridgeview (1-1) scoreless through the first three innings, giving the Titans (3-0) enough time to build a 4-0 lead with a four-run third.

John Lane started Twin Springs’ big inning with a leadoff triple to right field. After Dillon Thompson drew a walk, a Ridgeview throwing error allowed Lane to score, Thompson to move to third and Reed to reach first base safely.

Thompson came home on a fielder’s choice, and Reed and Tanner Dingus — who also walked — scored on Cody Lane’s single to right.

John Lane finished 2-for-3 — the triple and a double — and scored three runs.

’PACK GETS CLOSE

Ridgeview scored its first two runs in the top of the fourth, but Twin Springs added another run in the bottom half of the inning.

The Wolfpack pushed across two more runs in the fifth, getting within a run at 5-4, but the Titans tacked on another two runs in the sixth.

Dingus pitched the final inning, striking out two, to earn the save.

“We got up early, but they came back and responded. Then our guys responded well and we had some timely hitting,” said first-year Titans coach Jared Finch.

Tyler O’Quin and Carson Sykes accounted for four of the Wolfpack’s hits. Each went 2-for-4 and O’Quin added an RBI.

“I liked our fight. We didn’t give up,” said Ridgeview coach Brad Counts. “There were a couple of plays that we should’ve made that we didn’t and we just didn’t hit the ball good enough. We made a run there at the end, but it was just too little, too late.”

O’Quin (0-1) took the loss. He went 4 1/3 innings, giving up five runs on four hits with eight strikeouts and seven walks.

UP NEXT

Twin Springs doesn’t play again until next Friday, a doubleheader on the road at Hancock County.

Ridgeview begins Mountain 7 District play next week with games at Union on Tuesday and at John Battle on Friday.

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