Kelly Sonnemann singled Leonna Mortimer home with the go-ahead run in the top of the eighth inning Thursday afternoon to lift Douglas to a 5-4 win at Reno.
Makayla Shaver blasted a two-run homer and Sonnemann added a two-run single during a four-run first inning to provide a boost as Douglas (16-10-2 overall, 12-6 league) ended its five-game losing streak. The five losses had been decided by a combined total of 11 runs, including a 3-2 loss Tuesday at home against Reno.
“This is a big win for our team,” Douglas coach Rob Parks said. “We hadn’t been getting the clutch hits before today but this game was different. Our hitters were coming up to the plate with confidence, which is what it takes to get out of a slump.”
The offensive game plan was simple.
“We made an effort to put the ball in play,” Parks said. “We struck out a lot Tuesday so we tried to be a little more aggressive as far as bunting and slapping the ball. We just wanted to force them to make plays.”
Morgan Gunnell was hit by a pitch with one out in the first inning then Shaver drove a two-strike pitch over the left field fence for a home run. Leonna Mortimer followed with a single to left field, Corrynne Diaz walked and Sonnemann hit a two-run single to center field.
Reno (16-7-1, 12-6) scored once in the first inning then added three more runs in the second to tie the score.
Douglas won it in the top of the eighth when Mortimer singled to center, Diaz walked and Sonnemann hit her RBI single to left field with one out.
Kali Sargent came on to pitch in relief and allowed no runs on five hits over the final six innings to earn credit for the win. The junior had four strikeouts and no walks. The Huskies had runners on first and third with one out in the third inning, only to see Sargent work out of trouble with a strikeout and fly out to Mortimer in left field.
Kaitlyn Bowman started and allowed four runs in the first two innings.
The Tigers produced some clutch defensive plays, including a 5-4-3 double play turned by Gunnell, Allison Meyer and Shaver. Reno’s Hannah Flynn singled with one out in the bottom of the eighth inning, however, Gunnell handled a sacrifice bunt and then fielded a grounder for the final out.
Sonnemann hit 2-for-3 and Mortimer 2-for-4 to lead the Tigers’ six-hit attack. Diaz hit 1-for-2 with a double plus she drew two walks.
By winning, Douglas moved back into a third-place tie with Reno and Galena in the Northern Division I standings. Galena scored twice in the sixth inning Thursday to secure a come-from-behind 4-3 victory at North Valleys.
Douglas hosts arch rival Carson on Wednesday.