Douglas heads into conference play
With the start of conference play near at hand, Douglas High baseball coach Marc Walling was encouraged by what he saw last weekend at the Mike Bearman Memorial Preseason Tournament.
“A lot of different guys contributed and a lot of them were playing different roles than they were used to,” Walling said after the Tigers went 3-2 in the tournament. “The preseason is a good time to work some things out so you can hopefully hit the ground running when league begins.”
Douglas hosts McQueen in its conference opener Tuesday and completes the two-game series on Thursday at McQueen in Reno.
“McQueen is tough,” Walling said. “We’re going to have to show up and play well.”
The Tigers opened in the preseason tournament with a 7-0 win at home Thursday against Truckee, then lost 6-5 to Enterprise (Redding, Calif.) and 10-5 against Carson on Friday in Carson City. The Tigers won their last two games on Saturday, 13-7 against Fallon and 11-4 against Reed in Sparks.
Pitching depth was among the weekend highlights.
“We had good outings from all our pitchers,” Walling said, adding that nine Tigers worked on the mound. “When you play five games in three days you’re going to need a lot of pitching, and those guys went out and threw strikes.”
Spencer Trivitt hit 3-for-5 with two RBI against Reed. Haydn Brown was 3-for-4 with a double and home run, two RBI and four runs scored. Trivitt tripled and Brown homered in the first inning.
Kindel Isham was 2-for-4 with two doubles, one RBI and two runs scored, Ayden Murphy 2-for-4 with two RBI, while Tristan Futch was 2-for-3 with one RBI.
In the Fallon game, Keller hit 3-for-4 with two RBI and Trivitt 2-for-4 with two RBI. Maverick Duffy was 2-for-3 and Jayden Foster 2-for-4.
Elijah Hinojsa rang up 16 strikeouts while pitching a six-hit shutout in a 9-0 win against Carson on Friday at Tiger Field.
The sophomore left-hander got a called strike three to end a fourth inning rally with runners on first and third. He only allowed one base runner in his last three innings and retired the last five batters he faced by strikeout. Freshman catcher handled each of the 16 putouts.
“I felt great and I had great support from my team,” Hinojsa said. “They started hitting and got a good lead, so that took pressure off me.”
Hinojsa delivered an RBI double as Douglas took a 1-0 lead in the second inning and then the Tigers broke the game open with seven runs in the third. Zak Korzenkiewski hit 2-for-3 with one RBI and Evan Simpson doubled two runs home in the third inning.
Douglas went 3-1 for the weekend, including a double header split against Galena on Saturday. Galena won the opener 5-2 and Douglas won the second game 9-6.
The Tigers collected 18 hits in their win over Galena. Justin Stevens and Dario Watroba both went 4-for-4 with one RBI, Jonathan Antti 3-for-4.