The Douglas baseball team experienced some of the expected early season highs and lows in its league opener at McQueen Tuesday afternoon
In the end, though, the Tigers finished charging hard as they erased a 10-3 fifth-inning deficit and picked up a huge 19-10 win over last year’s regular season champs.
“When you’re staring at a 10-3 deficit that late in the game, there’s a lot of teams that would just cash it in and turn toward the next game,” Douglas coach Bruce Jacobsen said. “These kids just would not allow that to happen.
“It definitely says a lot about these guys, their character, their will to win and not give up. There was a stretch there where nothing seemed to be going right, but they kept at it. We have really good senior leadership on this team that just brings that calmness. It showed today.”
Dusty Fisher and Dillon Lopez had key first-inning hits to stake Douglas to a 2-0 lead after the first inning.
Nolan Weintz got the Tigers through the bottom half of the inning on the mound, setting up a wild final six innings.
“We had a really good start and everything was looking good for us,” Jacobsen said. “Then some uncharacteristic things started happening, just not making the right plays on defense, not making the right decisions with the ball.
“McQueen got every bit out of it and built a pretty big lead on us. They put up 10 runs on us in three innings. It was looking like it was going to be a tough afternoon.”
The Douglas infield starting to settle in, though, and the offense started stringing together hits in the fifth.
The Tigers plated four runs in the frame, cutting the score to 10-7, and then took complete control in the sixth.
Weintz hit a game-tying three-run home run as part of a six-run sixth and Douglas brought six more runs across in the seventh to set the score at its final.
Cole Peck pitched a scoreless fifth, sixth and seventh to pick up the win on the mound.
Fisher finished with three hits, Jimmy King, Kaleb Foster, Cody Carter, Cale Kynett and Lopez all doubled and Chase White hit a three-run triple.
“It was just up and down the lineup,” Jacobsen said. “It’s been like that a lot this year. There are guys in every spot that can produce. We rung up 12 or 13 kids and that’s just a credit to the kids hanging in there and producing quality at-bats even when things looked tough.”
McQueen travels to Minden Thursday afternoon for a 3:45 p.m. game.
“They’re a good team and they’re going to come down looking to get that one back,” Jacobsen said. “We have to go out and take care of business. We have to work on some of the lapses we saw today and we have to keep hitting. So far, we’ve seen a lot of great things we can build on. Any time you can get a win like that, in this league and on the road, we’ll take it.”