The Douglas baseball team struggled to get its bats going until the final inning Saturday afternoon and suffered a 6-3 loss to Galena as a result.
Douglas dropped to 9-3 in league play and into third place after losing its third contest in four games.
Despite the nine combined runs scored, the game was a pitchers’ duel throughout between Douglas’ Nolan Weintz and Galena’s Wyatt Nebe.
Both pitchers struck out three and Weintz allowed just two earned runs compared to Nebe’s three.
Dillon Lopez had Douglas’ lone hit through the first five innings — a one-out single in the bottom of the second — while Galena got on the board as Brock Raggio delivered a two-out RBI single in the top of the third.
Galena opened up a bigger lead in the bottom of the fourth as Cole Fenner scored after Nebe reached on an error. Weintz was then struck by a hard grounder off the bat of Galena’s Chaz Clark. Weintz was able to scoop up the throw and throw Clark out, but the play moved runners to second and third with two outs.
Raggio singled to put Galena up 3-0 and Nebe and Raggio later scored on an error in the outfield, stretching the lead to 5-0.
The Grizzlies scratched across one more run in the top of the seventh after Weintz had exited the game.
Douglas then cobbled together a rally in the bottom half as Cale Kynett singled, Jimmy King walked and Joe Almeida hit a pinch-hit single to bring Kynett home, cutting the score to 6-1.
Dusty Fisher later drew a one-out walk to load the bases and Chase White was hit by a pitch, bringing King home.
Kaleb Foster grounded out to first, which allowed Almeida to score, but a Galena strikeout ended the game with the potential tying run at the plate.
Logan Fencl delivered a two-run single in the bottom of the seventh inning to give the Douglas junior varsity a 4-3 win over Galena on Saturday.
Tomas Leitenbauer walked and Michael Mejia reached on an error to start the inning and a double steal set up Fencl’s game-winner.
Fencl finished with three singles on the day, Zach Davies had two singles and Tim Cadaret contributed a single as Douglas improved to 8-3 in league play.
Blaine Pinochi was Douglas’ starter on the mound and pitched strongly, giving way to Leitenbauer, who picked up the win in relief.
The duo gave up just five hits combined.