Zach Reed tossed a complete game and struck out six Thursday to lead the LV Patriots to a 4-3 win over Southern Nevada in an elimination game of the Connie Mack Western Regional tournament in Alameda, Calif.
Reed didn’t allow a hit until the sixth inning, but the Patriots trailed 1-0 until Josh Harmonay’s RBI single in the top of the sixth brought in pinch-runner Jayzen Ramirez to tie the game.
The Patriots tacked on two more runs in the sixth when Donte Glover reached on a throwing error.
Nick Rush’s RBI double in the seventh plated Ramirez to make it 4-1.
Southern Nevada scored twice in the bottom of the seventh, including once on a balk by Reed, but couldn’t get the potential tying run on base.
“We know these guys. We’ve played against them,” said Patriots coach Garrett Kohler. “We wanted to get a win in this tournament, and we did that. We’re still up against it with the teams that are in this field, but we’re going to play hard and see what happens.”
The Patriots rebounded from a hard-luck 2-1 loss on Wednesday.
“The team we lost to (Wednesday) is built to win the World Series,” Kohler said. “They have a lot of seniors, a lot of guys who have committed to go (Division I).”
The Patriots will play Black Knights (Calif.) in another elimination game at noon Friday. The tournament concludes Sunday.