The Douglas baseball team carried a slim lead into the final frame only to suffer a walk-off 6-5 defeat at the hands of the Galena Grizzlies in Reno Thursday afternoon.
“It was one of those games, we played well enough to win, but it just didn’t happen,” Douglas coach Bruce Jacobsen said. “The kids battled and gave us a chance. It was a positive because it feels like we are improving and playing good baseball. It’s a weird game. Just because you played well doesn’t necessarily mean you’ll win.
“That was the case today.”
The game moved Douglas and Galena into a tie for first place in the Northern Division I standings with the crucial series finale set for Saturday morning in Minden at 11 a.m.
“We just have to get back at it tomorrow and get ready for them to come down here,” Jacobsen said.
On Thursday, Douglas fell back 1-0 early, but tied it up on a solo home run from senior Nolan Weintz.
Galena built a 4-2 lead, but Douglas battled back with two RBIs from Dillon Lopez to knot it up at four.
In the top of the seventh, senior Joe Almeida smashed a pinch-hit single and was able to advance on a bunt from Jimmy King. He read a ball in the dirt and moved to third.
Cody Carter then drew a walk and with one out in the inning, Chase White drove Almeida home for the go-ahead run.
Galena, though, wasn’t done. A walk to start the bottom of the seventh was followed by a home run to left and that was it.
“The wind was blowing out to left, typical Galena weather, and they had a lefty just handle the ball, just ran it out of the yard,” Jacobsen said. “There’s not much you can do about that.”
Kyle Johnson took the loss despite striking out six batters.
White, Weintz and Lopez each collected two hits and Lopez drove in three runs.
The Douglas junior varsity baseball team lost a series to Damonte Ranch last week, snapping a six-game win streak.
Douglas fell 8-5 at home on Saturday and 13-12 on the road on Tuesday.
The Tigers roared back from an 8-1 deficit in the first game, scoring four in the bottom of the seventh. Logan Fencl tripled, Michael Mejia doubled, Tim Cadaret added two singles and Tomas Leitenbauer. Blaine Pinochi and Zach Davies all singled.
Davies reached base safely four times.
In the Tuesday game, Davies doubled and singled, again reaching base on every plate appearance. Fencl did the same, contributing a single along the way. Leitenbauer doubled and singled, Mejia hit another triple, Pinochi doubled and Trevor Tierney added a single.
On Thursday, Douglas rebounded with a 17-14 win over Galena.
Mejia struck out five on the mound and William Cassinos picked up the save.
Mejia went 4-for-4 with two singles, a double and a triple. Fencl hit a grand slam over the left field fence and added a single as well. Cadaret doubled and singled, Tierney and Alberto Solis each added a pair of singles to the cause. Davies reached on consecutive hit-by-pitches.
Douglas is now 7-3 in league play.
Douglas defeated Reno 15-4 on Tuesday.
Layne Waggoner pitched the Lady Tigers to the win, striking out five.
She also drove in three runs while Sarah Medicine-Crow drove in two. Waggoner, Nicole Rowe and Sarah Medicine-Crow each had a hit in the win.