RENO — Shadow Ridge’s desire and determination certainly weren’t lacking Saturday.
The Mustangs’ bats were another story.
Shadow Ridge managed only three hits in a 3-2 eight-inning loss to Reed in an elimination game of the Class 4A state softball tournament at Bishop Manogue High School.
“It looked to me like maybe we were getting jammed a lot,” Shadow Ridge coach Cynthia Winter said.
“When they were hitting the ball, they weren’t doing much with it.
“We were a little anxious. We definitely wanted to win this and keep our season alive.”
The Mustangs (25-3) often looked impatient against Reed junior pitcher Chelsea Cohen, who retired 17 of the first 18 batters on only 57 pitches.
Shadow Ridge’s Rae-Ann Bohm led off the bottom of the fourth with a solid single to left and was forced on Ashley Eldridge’s fielder’s choice.
That was the extent of the Mustangs’ base running until Bohm smashed a 2-0 pitch over the scoreboard in left with two outs in the sixth inning to bring Shadow Ridge within 2-1.
“We’ve always known that she’s had that power,” Winter said. “What I like about her in the leadoff spot is she can get a base hit and she can hit with power.”
Rayna Bradshaw tied the score with one out in the seventh, drilling a 2-1 pitch over the center-field fence.
But Reed, which scored single runs in the second and fourth innings — both on two-out extra-base hits by No. 9 hitter Jordan Davenport — reclaimed the lead in the eighth.
Tia Wunder led off with a sharp single to center and moved to second on Ali Berry’s sacrifice. Cohen followed with a ground-rule double to center.
Shadow Ridge was retired in order on 10 pitches in the bottom of the inning.
“This was a first-time experience for us traveling to state,” Winter said. “There are some adjustments I’d make if I ever get back here. I’m happy with the way they came today. They were together and stayed together. They didn’t get down.”
• Spanish Springs 17, Reed 0 — Spanish Springs (42-5) retained its state title with a rout of the Raiders (29-16).
Jacie Carlsen hit two of the Cougars’ five home runs as Spanish Springs scored six runs in the third inning and eight in the fourth of a game called after 41/2 innings because of the run rule.
Mallary Darby tossed a two-hitter and struck out nine for the Cougars.