Reedsport’s softball team has made a habit of coming from behind this season.
The Brave pulled off the feat again last week in a key game against Gold Beach, strengthening their playoff hopes with a 14-9 victory.
The win kept Reedsport in second place in the Sunset Conference, despite an 11-4 loss to league-leading Toledo later in the week.
Gold Beach could have moved into a tie for second with a win over Reedsport.
“We definitely needed it,” said Erin Sharp, who made several big plays at third base and contributed two hits, two RBIs and three runs in the win.
She was part of what might be the biggest inning of Reedsport’s season, an 8-run outburst that turned a 9-6 deficit into a 14-9 lead in the fifth inning.
“Whenever we get behind, I don’t worry because we always come back,” Reedsport’s Essie Cardoso said. “Our team is stronger (this year). I feel like we are more bonded.”
Cardoso had three hits and four runs in the win. Her biggest hit was a grand slam into the trees beyond the left field fence that capped the big inning against het Panthers and gave her five RBIs for the day.
“I’m proud that I was able to make my team better,” Cardoso said.
Gabi Parker and Kaylee Stoltey, who bat ahead of Cardoso in the lineup, both had two hits and two runs, showing the potency of the lineup that has helped Reedsport score double-digit runs in seven of its 12 league games.
“We have a good hitting lineup,” Reedsport coach Jack Walker said.
The Brave also have a pair of solid pitchers: Sophomore Makenzie Seeley and freshman Haylee Sams.
It’s not uncommon for Seeley to pitch the first several innings and Sams to come in an finish things off when Seeley tires a little.
“Between the two of them I’m very happy,” Walker said.
Reedsport played at Bandon on Tuesday (results were not available by press time) and finishes the regular season with a huge game at Waldport on Thursday. The Brave led the Irish by one game in the standings entering the week and might need a win to secure second place.
The good news for Reedsport is the Brave also entered the week No. 7 in the Class 2A power rankings, virtually assured of a spot in the playoffs even with a loss to Waldport.
Playoff matchups will be finalized over the weekend.