For whatever reason, North Valleys High School has been somewhat of a black hole for the Douglas baseball program over the past seven years.
Douglas had lost its last four games at the North Reno school and hadn’t won a game there since 2006.
The Tigers put an end to that streak Tuesday, beating the Panthers 7-3. Douglas boosted its record to 11-1 overall and 7-0 in league play on the year.
“I don’t know what it is,” Douglas coach Bruce Jacobsen said. “It’s just a tough place to play. We haven’t done very well there our last few times up. North Valleys is always a tough team, they put a decent team out there and they usually have a guy on the mound that can throw it pretty well.”
The Tigers quickly fell back 2-0 Tuesday as the Panthers knocked a pair of triples in the first inning.
“That set us back on our heels a bit, but the kids hung in there,” Jacobsen said.
Douglas answered with three runs in the third, but North Valleys tied the game up in the bottom half.
The score stayed locked from there until Dillon Lopez delivered a bases-clearing triple with one out and two strikes in the top of the seventh to push the Tigers over the top.
Douglas added one more run for insurance and held on from there.
Dalton Grisell started the game for Douglas and struck out two. Kyle Johnson came on with the bases loaded and one out in the fifth.
Johnson induced a quick infield fly and struck the following batter out to get out of the jam. From there he pitched a scoreless sixth and seventh to pick up the win.
“Dalton got out there, had a tough start, but then he settled in and kept us right in it,” Jacobsen said. “Kyle came in and did what he does and we put together a win.
“It’s a credit to the kids. They’ve been like this all season. They found ways to get it done again today.”
Cale Kynett drove in a pair of runs in the win for Douglas and Chase White drove in another. Kynett and Jimmy King each doubled for Douglas.
Douglas and North Valleys will meet up Thursday in Minden at 3:45 p.m.
The Douglas High junior varsity baseball team topped North Valleys 7-6 Tuesday afternoon in a game that saw the lead change five times.
Douglas came out on top when Blaine Pinochi hit a walk-off double in the bottom of the seventh with two out to seal the win.
Tomas Leitenbauer and Zach Davies contributed singles and Logan Fencl and Alberto Solis both doubled to drive in runs. Michael Mejia also hit a triple. The Tigers battled back to regain the lead twice with two-out rallies.
Davies was the Tiger starter and he struck out five batters in 6 2/3 innings and kept the Panther batters off-balance all afternoon. Leitenbauer came on in relief to close out the game.
Douglas improved to 5-1 in league play with the win.