Regaining some momentum for postseason play will be the objective today and Thursday when the Douglas High softball team faces arch rival Carson.
Douglas (16-12-2 overall, 12-8 league) hosts Carson (7-13 league) today at 3:45 p.m. followed by a rematch game Thursday in the state capital to close out the series and regular season.
The Tigers dropped both ends of a doubleheader Saturday at Reed, 14-4 and 8-0, in a rematch between last year’s region tournament finalists. The Raiders came out of the losers bracket last May and swept two games from Douglas to secure the region championship.
Game one on Saturday ended in the sixth inning when Reed (26-3, 18-2) scored twice to win on the 10-run mercy rule. Reed took the second game behind Jacquelyn Sertic’s six-hit shutout.
Douglas collected nine hits in the opener. Corryne Diaz hit 3-for-3 and Allison Meyer 3-for-4 to lead the Tigers, who scored all four of their runs after two outs in the fifth inning. Meyer singled with one out to start the rally, then after a strikeout, Makayla Shaver, Kali Sargent and Diaz hit successive singles and Leonna Mortimer reached base on an error.
The Tigers had two runners on base with only one out in both the second and fourth innings, however, Reed’s Megan Dettling worked out of both threats without allowing any runs.
The region tournament is May 15-17 at Bishop Manogue High School. Douglas stands sixth in the league. Carson and McQueen are tied for eighth coming into the series.