Three undefeated teams — Douglas, Reed and Spanish Springs — stood on top of the Northern Division I softball standings coming into this week.
Judging from results of the Reed Spring Break Tournament this past weekend, however, the race and postseason tournament play in May appear to be more of a wide open affair.
“The rest of April is going to be tough since we have to face Reno, Reed, Spanish Springs, as well as North Valleys, Damonte Ranch and Galena,” Douglas coach Rob Parks said. “We will need to pick up our game if we are going to finish the regular season strong.”
Douglas — 12-4-2 overall, 8-0 league coming into its home game against North Valleys on Tuesday — will need to step up to the plate moving forward.
Douglas went 2-2-1 during the Reed tournament at Shadow Mountain Sports Complex in Sparks, including a 2-0 win against Yerington, 7-6 loss against Yreka, Calif., and 2-2 tie with North Valleys on Friday. On Saturday, the Tigers posted an 8-6 win over Galena and lost 12-1 to Wooster.
Reno defeated Wooster, 14-2, in the tournament championship game.
Another game of note came in the championship bracket quarterfinals Saturday when North Valleys knocked off previously unbeaten Reed, 1-0, behind the one-hit, 12-strikeout pitching performance of Bailee Glover.
Douglas is facing Glover and the Panthers in a two-game series this week, including a game Tuesday in Minden (result was unavailable at press time) and Thursday at North Valleys.
“There are many good teams in Northern Nevada and just about every team has an ace pitcher,” Parks said. “Of course, right now our’s is Kali Sargent. She has pitched well in the first half of the season. I believe Bailee Glover threw both ends of a double header against us last year and she did pretty well so it’s no surprise that she threw well against Reed.”
Results from the Reed tournament include:
Douglas 2, Yerington 0
Kali Sargent pitched a one-hitter with eight strikeouts and two walks to hand Yerington its first loss of the season.
Douglas took a 1-0 lead in the third inning and added an insurance run in the sixth.
Leonna Mortimer went 2-for-3 with one RBI and Allison Meyer 1-for-3 with one RBI. Maddie Parks went 1-for-2 with one run scored, Makayla Shaver 1-for-3, Corryne Diaz 1-for-3 and Sargent 1-for-3.
Yreka 7, Douglas 6
Kelly Sonnemann hit 2-for-3 with a three-run homer and Meyer hit 3-for-3 with two runs scored to lead the Tigers’ 10-hit attack. Julia Gomez also hit 2-for-2, Nicole Dunn 1-for-2 with one RBI, Kaitlyn Bowman 1-for-3 with one RBI and Corryne Diaz 1-for-3.
Bowman made her first appearance this season as a pitcher, worked four innings, allowed seven runs (three earned) on seven hits, struck out three and walked two.
Kendall Moser pitched all four innings for Yreka.
North Valleys 2
Layne Waggoner pitched six innings of three-hit ball for the Tigers in a game called due to time limit. Waggoner had one strikeout and three walks. She allowed single runs in the first and fifth innings.
Douglas scored once in the second and third innings to take a 2-1 lead before the Panthers came back to tie the score in the fifth.
Mortimer hit 2-for-3 with a triple and one RBI and Katie Chieffo 1-for-2 with one RBI.
Sara Stoddard pitched six-hit ball for the Panthers.
Douglas 8, Galena 6
Shaena Robinson hit 3-for-3 with two RBI to lead the Tigers past the Grizzlies.
Diaz and Sonnemann both hit 2-for-3 with one RBI, while Sargent went 1-for-3 with a triple and two RBI.
Sargent pitched all six innings, allowed six runs (five earned) on nine hits to go with five strikeouts and one walk.
Wooster 12, Douglas 1
Erica Handegard hit 3-for-4 with a home run and four RBI to support the complete game five-hit pitching of Mckinsey Hill as the Colts knocked off the Tigers.
Hill had seven strikeouts and two walks.
Meyer hit 2-for-3 with a triple and Sonnemann drove in the Tigers’ lone run in the first inning.