The Douglas High School softball team capped off its successful season with a 21-14-2 record and third-place finish at the Northern Division I Region Tournament.
Despite coming up one game short of qualifying for the state tournament, however, coach Rob Parks had no regrets in regard to the outcome.
“I am very proud of the great season we had,” Parks said. “We battled and proved we were one of the best teams in Northern Nevada.”
That success was reflected on the all-region list, which included three Tigers on the first-team: Leonna Mortimer as an outfielder, Allison Meyer as an infielder and Corryne Diaz as a utility player.
Diaz, a freshman who started at shortstop from the start of the season, hit a team-high .444 with 52 hits, in addition to her three home runs and 17 RBI.
Mortimer hit .422 and led the Tigers with four home runs and 33 RBI. The junior connected for a pair of grand-slam homers that helped the Tigers secure come-from-behind wins. The first was a seventh-inning blast on March 15 against Pleasant Grove, Calif., and the second came in the third inning when the Tigers erased a 2-0 deficit to beat Bishop Manogue 7-2 on April 3.
Meyer, a sophomore, came on strong late in the season to finish at .375 and 18 RBI. Meyer hit 16-for-34 (.471) over the final nine games, and on April 15, went 4-for-5 with 7 RBI against Damonte Ranch.
First baseman Makayla Shaver and pitcher Kali Sargent also received second-team all-region recognition. Sargent compiled a 16-8 record, 2.35 earned run average with 142 strikeouts and 25 walks in 175.2 innings of work. Shaver hit .304 this season.
One of the team’s strengths was its depth, Parks pointed out.
“I had 14 girls on the roster that all deserved to start and play every game, unfortunately I could only play 9 at a time,” the coach said. “Every one of the girls that were on the bench were glad to get in and contribute where they could whether that was pinch hitting or running, anything to help the team win the game.”
Parks noted the team’s three seniors — Kelly Sonnemann, Katie Chieffo and Julia Gomez — provided leadership on and off the field and that their presence will be missed next year.
The Tigers bounced back from an opening round region tournament loss against Galena to post three straight victories and move within one game of the championship round before falling against Spanish Springs.
“We played our hearts out,” Parks said. “We were able to beat Galena, a team that we had difficulty beating during the regular season to get to that last game. I was proud of them for how they gave their all during the tournament.”
Parks also gave credit to the contributions of his coaching staff this season.
“My assistant coaches, Kayla Jacobsen and Craig Kizer, did all of the hard work, working on skills and strategy to get our team to play at that level,” Parks said. “I am grateful to have such good coaches as part of my staff.
“I am looking forward to next season as we are only losing three seniors,” he added. “I believe with our returning players and the infusion of younger players (from the junior varsity), we will remain towards the top of the league standings for years to come.”