Vaughan blanks McQueen
April 20, 2017
Deztiny Vaughan has pitched with some hard luck during her freshman season for the Douglas High softball team.
Her record as of this week stands at 2-7, however, five of those losses have come in games when the Tigers were shutout. Three have been 1-0 losses against Northern 4A front-runners Reed and Spanish Springs, as well as perennial Bay Area power Alhambra. She threw a one-hitter against Reed in a 1-0 loss on March 25.
Support was no problem on Tuesday afternoon as Vaughan pitched a two-hit shutout to help the Tigers pick up a much-needed 4-0 win at McQueen in Reno.
Douglas played errorless ball in the field and Amanda Hoffman went 3-for-4 with one run scored and one RBI to lead a nine-hit attack for Douglas (4-7 league, 6-17 overall) in the makeup of a game that was rained out the previous Thursday.
Hoffman singled to lead off the game and scored on a Mackenzie Brixey fielder's choice to give the Tigers a 1-0 lead in the first inning.
Douglas scored once in the fifth inning to make it 2-0, then added two more runs in the sixth when Jasmine McNinch singled, Bailey Walters followed with an RBI double and scored on a single by Hoffman.
Vaughan earned her second win of the season with five strikeouts and three walks, plus the hard throwing right-hander retired seven of the last eight batters she faced to finish her second shutout of the season. McQueen loaded the bases with two outs in the fifth inning — on two walks and a hit batsman — before Vaughan retired the side on a swinging strikeout.
Rylie Miller, another freshman, pitched the distance for McQueen and finished with six strikeouts along with one walk. Miller pitched a complete game for the Lancers in their conference season-opening 5-3 win at Douglas on March 16.
The Tigers, who hosted Spanish Springs on Thursday, return to action Saturday with an 11 a.m. doubleheader against Damonte Ranch in Reno.