After largely slugging its way past the competition through the first four games of league play, the Douglas baseball showed Thursday it can grind its way to a win as well.
Nolan Weintz pitched a complete-game, striking out seven and walking two, to lead Douglas to a 5-1 win over Wooster in Minden.
Douglas moved to 9-1 overall and 5-0 in Northern Division I play, remaining tied for first place with Reno.
“Nolan really did a nice job today,” Douglas coach Bruce Jacobsen said. “He gave us seven strong innings, gave up one run in the second inning. That’s going to win you a lot of games in this league.
“He didn’t have his slider working early, but he pushed through it, found the slider and got into a groove. It was a nice outing for him.”
Offensively, Douglas collected just two extra-base hits and had to manufacture the majority of it runs in the win.
“We were able to run some plays today that we spend a lot of time working on,” Jacobsen said. “You’d love to have 10, 15 doubles a game, but that’s just not going to happen. Executing plays, manufacturing runs, you can always do that. We got some important at-bats there and got some runs out of them. That’s going to be the story the deeper we get into league play, how well we can execute at-bats when we need them.”
Dusty Fisher set the tone for the afternoon, leading the bottom of the first off by roping a triple into deep center. Wooster misplayed the throw back into the infield, which allowed Fisher to score, giving the Tigers the early 1-0 lead.
Wooster tied the game up with a run in the top of the second, but Douglas answered right back.
Teddy Mason reached on a fielder’s choice that forced Dillon Lopez out at second. Mason later moved to second on a wild pitch and scored on a line-drive single from Chase White.
Fisher led off the bottom of the third drawing a walk. He moved to third on a blown pickoff attempt by Wooster and he scored on a double from Jimmy King.
Kaleb Foster was then hit by a pitch and Nolan Weintz lined out to center, which allowed King to move to third.
From there, Dillon Lopez set down a squeeze bunt that brought King home for the 4-1 lead.
The Tigers’ final run of the game came in the fifth inning, when Lopez hit a grounder single to score Foster from second.
Douglas wraps up the series with Wooster in Reno Saturday at 11 a.m.
“Wooster, no matter what year, they are always going to push you,” Jacobsen said. “They can beat you. They are always tough, they play the game the right way and you have to play well to beat them.”
Michael Mejia pitched a complete game one-hitter with seven strikeouts for the Douglas junior varsity squad in a 19-1 win over Wooster on Thursday.
Mejia received strong support from the Tiger defense.
Tomas Leitenbauer had three singles and a walk, Timmy Cadaret and Trevor Tierney each had a pair of singles, Logan Fencl, Zach Davies and Blaine Pinochi all hit doubles and Fencl drew three walks.
Pinochi drew two walks.
Sam Watts, Charlie Cryderman, Alberto Solis and Mejia each added a single, with Mejia drawing another two walks.
The Tigers pounded out 14 hits in the game with a combined team on-base percentage of .700. Douglas improved to 3-1 in league play with the win.
Douglas dropped its first league game of the season to McQueen 10-0, but bounced back two days later to beat McQueen 17-8 on the road.
Mejia and reliever Zach Davies pitched well during the win.
Douglas defeated Hug 26-3 at home Wednesday.
Douglas’ roster this season includes Fencl, Davies, Leitenbauer, William Cassinos, Cryderman, Ben Penwell, Mejia, Matthew Goelz, Solis, Tierney, Sam Watts, John Paul Kelly, Tanner Valenzuela, Nicholas Wilkinson, Pinochi and Cadaret.
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