The Douglas baseball team stumbled into the first game of the toughest stretch of its season Tuesday afternoon, falling 6-2 at home to Manogue.
Douglas stranded 10 baserunners, left the bases loaded three times and managed just four hits in the loss.
“Manogue is a good team, there is no doubt about it,” Douglas coach Bruce Jacobsen said. “They are strong one through nine in their lineup. But we did some good things against them.
“We pitched well enough and we played defense well enough to have a chance. We just couldn’t get it done at the plate.”
It was the Tigers’ third consecutive league loss as they dropped to 15-7 overall and 9-4 in Northern Division I action.
The game was the first of an 8-game-in-12-days stretch during which Douglas will see Manogue, Spanish Springs, Reno and Reed — some of the top programs in Northern Nevada — in order.
“We’re in the middle of it, we just have to regroup and get ready for Thursday,” Jacobsen said.”
Dalton Grisell started the game on the mound for the Tigers and pitched well, striking out two and walking two. Kyle Johnson closed out the game, striking out three and walking one of his own.
Manogue plated all six of its runs in the third and fourth innings, thanks in large part to a base-clearing, three-run double in the third.
On the other side, Douglas loaded the bases with two outs in the first but Manogue was able to make a nice play on a sharp grounder up the middle from Cale Kynett to end the threat.
Douglas again loaded the bases in the bottom of the second, this time with one out, and managed to score when Kaleb Foster was hit by a pitch. Another big Manogue defensive play, this time from center fielder Devonte German running down a line drive from Nolan Weintz in the right-center gap, ended the inning.
“Guys were making good contact at spots like that,” Jacobsen said. “We just couldn’t find that big hit today. We don’t need to get 10, 15 hits to win ballgames, but we do have to find ways to get the job done.”
Douglas scored its final run again on another bases-loaded hit-by-pitch, this one to Chase White, in the sixth inning.
Dillon Lopez collected two hits for Douglas while Joe Almeida and Jimmy King each had one.
The Douglas softball team cruised against Hug Wednesday afternoon in a 22-1 win in Reno.
Kelly Sonnemann and Kali Sargent hit back-to-back home runs in the second inning and Shaena Robinson, a recent junior varsity call-up, hit a grand slam home run in her second at bat of the season.
Sonnemann also had two doubles and 5 total RBIs while Katie Kluever had a double, a triple and four RBIs.
Alison Meyer was 4-for-5 with four runs scored and an RBI, Maddie Parks went 4-for-4 with two runs scored and an RBI and Sargent drove in three runs total.
Illiana Brown and Taylor McKinnon each had two hits and Katie Chieffo, Leonna Mortimer, Makayla Shaver and Julia Gomez each added a hit.
Kali Sargent struck out six in three innings of work before giving way to Julia Gomez, who struck out two.
Douglas improved to 14-7 overall and 6-2 in league play with the win.