The Douglas baseball team fell just short after a furious seventh-inning rally Thursday afternoon in Reno, losing 8-7 to Manogue.
Douglas had managed to cross five runs in the final frame, bringing the potential tying run to the plate, but Manogue induced a pop fly to end the game.
“It was a serious comeback there at the end,” Douglas coach Bruce Jacobsen said. “We had a couple errors early on that cost us. Those were some spots where maybe we don’t allow them to build as much of a lead and we’re looking at a different story. The kids played well though and the offense started to pick up. We were glad to see that and it’s something to build on.”
Douglas saw its in-league losing streak slide to four games with a doubleheader at Spanish Springs looming on Saturday.
The Tigers faced off against Manogue All-American pitcher Devonte German to start and fared well.
“He’s as advertised,” Jacobsen said of the 6-5, 240-pound right hander. “That’s a potential Major League draft pick.”
The Tigers found a way to get at him early, though.
Douglas center fielder Dusty Fisher drew a leadoff walk and a one-out single from Chase White later put runners on first and third.
Nolan Weintz singled Fisher home, leaving runners on first and second. Sophomore Cale Kynett then stepped to the plate and battled through a 10-pitch at bat.
Douglas sent the runners on the following pitch and Kynett belted an apparent two-run double down the line, but the play was waved off on a balk call on German.
“It’s just one of those crazy things about baseball,” Jacobsen said. “A balk in high school automatically kills the play. It’s something that in this case worked against us, but that’s the rules.
“That’s a situation where we potentially go up 3-0 on a really good pitcher, but at that point we have to keep trying to plug away and it didn’t happen.”
Manogue got out of the inning without further damage and German settled in, allowing just one run through the next five innings.
Meanwhile, the Miners capitalized on a few Douglas miscues on defense, leading to back-to-back four-run innings.
The Miners carried an 8-2 lead into the top of the seventh. German gave way to the Miner bullpen and Douglas got back to work on the scoreboard.
Cody Carter walked, Fisher singled and Chase White singled to bring Carter home.
Nolan Weintz later hit a three-run home run with one out and Kynett belted a two-run home run with two outs to draw Douglas to within one.
“We almost got it done at the end,” Jacobsen said. “It would’ve been something to get ahead and kind of sneak away with a win like that. It was good to see the bats pick up, though. Manogue is a good team and they are playing really well right now.”