Jensen dominant for Reed
Julia Jensen was dominant in the pitcher’s circle and with her bat Saturday when she led the Reed High softball team to a double header sweep at home against Douglas.
Jensen, the returning region Player of the Year who has committed to play at the University of Nevada, pitched back-to-back shutouts and slammed a pair of home runs in game two as the Raiders won 1-0 and 8-0 in Sparks.
Douglas (2-4 conference, 3-9 overall) received a highlight in the opener when freshman Destiny Vaughan pitched one-hit ball over six innings. Vaughan had five strikeouts and one walk, only to fall on the short end of the score in the sixth inning when the four-time defending region tournament champion Raiders scored an unearned run.
Vaughan and the Tigers simply had the misfortune of facing Jensen at the top of her game after she was roughed up one week before in a 9-8 defeat at Bishop Manogue. On Saturday, all the senior right-hander did was pitch a one-hitter with 13 strikeouts in game one then came back to pitch a two-hitter with nine strikeouts in game two for Reed (3-2, 7-2-1).
For good measure in game two, Jensen blasted a two-run homer in the first inning and followed with a three-run shot in the third inning to give Reed a 5-0 lead.
Douglas only had five base runners in the two games.
In game one, Mackenzie Brixey singled with two outs in the first inning and was left stranded on a strikeout. Later, Kylie Swan was hit by a pitch in the fifth inning and advanced to second base on Haley Doughty’s sacrifice bunt, only to have Jensen set down the next two batters on strikeouts.
That was the only time Douglas got a runner as far as second base. Jensen threw 64 of her 75 pitches for strikes and had first-pitch strikes to 21 of the 23 batters she faced.
Reed pushed across the game’s only run in the sixth inning when Jessica Sellers reached on a one-out error and then scored on another error. Sellers was the only Reed player to reach base in the game and accounted for the lone hit when she singled with two outs in the third inning.
In game two, Reed took an early lead on Jensen’s two-run homer in the first inning and then Jensen hit a three-run homer in the third to make it 5-0, then her two-run single in the sixth made it 8-0. Jensen hit 4-for-4 with seven RBI.
Douglas had two hits, Casey Peck in the first inning and then Kettja Bennett in the fourth.
The Tigers return to action Friday and Saturday when they play in the Reed Spring Break Tournament at Shadow Mountain Park in Sparks.