Tyler Reynolds of the Portland Rockets tosses a pitch during the first inning of Thursday’s 3-0 victory over the Muncie Chiefs at Portland Memorial Park’s Runkle-Miller Field. Reynolds struck out seven batters and gave up just four hits as he went the distance for the win. (The Commercial Review/Ray Cooney)
Tyler Reynolds of the Portland Rockets tosses a pitch during the first inning of Thursday’s 3-0 victory over the Muncie Chiefs at Portland Memorial Park’s Runkle-Miller Field. Reynolds struck out seven batters and gave up just four hits as he went the distance for the win. (The Commercial Review/Ray Cooney)
More than a decade ago, Tyler Reynolds was pitching for the Chiefs.

On Thursday night, he shut them out.

Reynolds went the distance for the Portland Rockets as they beat the Muncie Chiefs 3-0 at Portland Memorial Park’s Runkle-Miller Field to avenge a loss from three weeks ago.

In the game that was originally scheduled to be played in Muncie, Reynolds was strong throughout. He didn’t allow a runner to get past second base and recorded seven strikeouts in the seven-inning win. He gave up just four hits and a walk.

It took a while for the Portland bats to break through, but it finally happened when Noah Collins hit a leadoff double to center field in the bottom of the fifth inning.

The Chiefs nearly got out of trouble, but Peyton Smith delivered a two-out, RBI single to bring Collins home with the only run Reynolds would need.

The Rockets (13-11), who lost 10-9 at home to the Chiefs on July 15, got two more runs in the sixth inning thanks entirely to struggles from the Muncie pitching staff. Nick Bailey drew a one-out walk, Caleb Richardson was hit by a pitch and Will Butts walked to load the bases. Bailey scored when Collins was hit by a pitch, and Richardson came to the plate on another walk to Cameron Pratt.

Zach Tanner went 2-for-4 for Portland and made a key defensive play from deep in the hole at shortstop to end the third inning. Collins had the double, a run and an RBI.

Crosby Heniser, a 2022 Jay County High School graduate, had one of the Chiefs’ four hits against Reynolds. He also started and tossed three scoreless innings, striking out one while allowing three walks and two hits.

Gavin Nobel took the loss as he allowed one unearned run in two innings of relief.