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Grizzlies rally past Tigers

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This time, the Douglas High softball team put six runs on the scoreboard against Galena ace Kelli Bangert.

It still wasn't enough to win on Thursday, however, as Galena pushed across four runs in the bottom of the eighth inning to pull out a 7-6 Northern 4A win in Reno.

Douglas (6-12 league, 8-21 overall) missed an opportunity to clinch a berth in the region tournament this week. Instead, the Tigers dropped into an eighth-place tie with Galena (5-12, 8-13) coming into their regular season-ending doubleheader Saturday at home against rival Carson.

Bangert pitched all eight innings, allowed six runs on eight hits and logged 14 strikeouts to earn her second win over Douglas over a span of three days. The junior right-hander hurled a two-hit shutout on Tuesday to win 1-0 in Minden.

This time, Alyssa Smokey hit a solo home run in the second inning and Casey Peck added a solo shot in the fifth to stake Kettja Bennett and the Tigers to a 3-0 lead. Smokey's home run was her second in 10 games since being promoted from the JV team in mid-April.

Galena came back to score twice in the sixth inning and added another run in the seventh to pull even at 3-all and send the game to extra innings.

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Jasmine McNinch, Bailey Walters and Smokey connected for successive doubles to spark the Tigers' three-run eighth inning rally.

In the bottom of the eighth, though, Bangert stole home to tie the score with two outs and then Cecily Vallejo scored on an error as the Grizzlies secured their win.

Smokey went 3-for-4 to lead the Tigers offensively. Amanda Hoffman had a double that led to a 1-0 lead for Douglas in the first inning.

Vallejo went 3-for-5, to lead the Grizzlies, who finished with 14 hits overall. She doubled to lead off Galena's seventh inning rally and scored on a double by Destinee Ruiz to send the game to extra innings.

Bennett was tagged with the loss even though she only allowed three earned run and had 10 strikeouts over 7.2 innings.

NORTHERN 4A STANDINGS

Reed 16-2 .889 –

Sp. Springs 16-2 .889 –

Manogue 15-3 .833 1

McQueen 11-7 .611 5

Damonte 10-8 .556 6

Reno 9-9 .500 7

Carson 8-10 .444 8

Douglas 6-12 .333 10

Galena 6-12 .333 10

Wooster 2-16 .111 14

No. Valleys 1-17 .056 15

Thursday’s games:

Galena 7, Douglas 6, 8 innings

Carson 17, Wooster 3

Bishop Manogue 10, Damonte Ranch 5

Spanish Springs 7, Reno 2

McQueen 8, North Valleys 0

Saturday’s games:

Carson at Douglas (2), 9 a.m.

Spanish Springs at Reed (2), 11 a.m.

Wooster at Bishop Manogue (2), 11 a.m.

Galena at Damonte Ranch (2), 11 a.m.

McQueen at Reno (2), 11 a.m.

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