It’s crunch time for the Douglas High School baseball team. And with 10 games scheduled for a 16-day span, coach Bruce Jacobsen realizes a lot can happen for the Tigers before the end of their regular season.
“It’s back to the drawing board,” Jacobsen said after the Tigers absorbed a 13-3 defeat against Galena Saturday in Reno. “We obviously have a ways to go. We just have to keep working hard to try and get better. There’s a lot going to happen as far as the standings go.”
Galena (14-6 overall, 11-1 league) scored seven runs on eight hits in the third inning Saturday to break away from Douglas.
Coupled with their win at Douglas on Thursday, the Grizzlies were able to strengthen their hold on second-place in the Northern Division I race. Douglas (15-6 overall, 9-3 league) came into the two-game series tied for second-place.
The top four finishers in the league’s regular season race will be rewarded with homefield advantage to start the region tournament in May. Douglas was one game ahead of Manogue and Reed in the standings coming into this week.
“No doubt, Galena has a good ballclub,” Jacobsen said. “They’re solid offensively, defensively and on the mound. They were kind of a measuring stick to see where we stand, and hopefully, we’ll get a chance to see them again later on (in the tournament).”
The Tigers scored all three of their runs and collected five of six hits in the second inning. Kaleb Foster doubled, followed by singles from Matt Santos, Kyle Johnson, Dusten Plante and Zachary Dixon to tie the score at 3-all.
Foster hit 2-for-3 with two doubles to lead Douglas offensively against Galena starter Nate Berry.
The Grizzlies had taken a 3-0 lead in the bottom of the first inning when Ted Lichty and Eric Anderson slammed back-to-back home runs. Lichty homered with one runner aboard.
Lichty, a senior who has committed to play next year at Western Nevada College, doubled and seven other hitters singled for the Grizzlies during their big third inning rally.
“They smacked it around the yard pretty good,” Jacobsen said of the Grizzlies. “We had a good second inning. They just kept hitting and we didn’t.”
The Tigers will be back at home Thursday to wrap up their regular season series against the Miners. Douglas plays host to Spanish Springs for an 11 a.m. doubleheader on Saturday.