Baseball: Tigers escape with win against Manogue

The Douglas baseball team scored its third come-from-behind victory in its last four games Tuesday afternoon, taking an 8-7 victory over the Manogue Miners on a two-out, two-on single from Phil Mannelly in Minden.

Mannelly's grounder took a tough hop past the glove of the Miners' third baseman, allowing Niko Saladis to score the winning run after Jordan Hadlock had tied the game up after advancing to third on a passed ball and scoring on a wild pitch one batter prior.

Douglas had two comeback victories over the No. 2 Reno Huskies last week.

Against Manogue, Severin Nobriga had a solid outing for the Tigers, pitching the first four innings of the game with four strikeouts and four runs allowed.

To that point, the Miners had built a 4-2 lead, but Douglas closed it to 4-3 in the bottom of the fourth when Mannelly scored on a sac fly from Troy Torres.

Pat Lahlum pitched a perfect fifth and sixth, striking out one along the way and the Tigers had him set up for the win after Nate Whalin tripled with the bases loaded in the bottom of the fifth to put Douglas up 6-4.

Whalin's triple was set up after Jeff White drew a walk, Hadlock reached on an error and Saladis placed a pretty bunt down the third baseline.

The Douglas bullpen issued two walks and the defense overthrew a ball while trying to cover a bunt, allowing Manogue to get within one to open the seventh inning.

Hadlock was called in cold from his catcher position to close out the game, but his first pitch got through the catcher and two Miners came around to score on the play, giving Manogue the 7-6 lead.

Once he was able to get warmed up, Hadlock closed out the inning in solid fashion, striking out two and inducing a ground out to second.

Willie Morgan opened the seventh for Douglas by reaching base after getting hit in the shoulder with a pitch. Hadlock placed a beautiful bunt down the first baseline and Saladis shifted Hadlock to second after bunting into a fielder's choice in which Morgan was out at third.

Whalin lined out to right, but Hadlock scored the tying run with Cory Eilers at bat. Eilers walked, setting up Mannelly's game-winner.

Hadlock was credited with the win on the mound, his first of the season.

Earlier in the game, shortstop Tim Rudnick slapped a two-run single up the middle for Douglas.

The Tigers next travel to Wooster Thursday afternoon at 3:30 p.m.


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