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Bangert, Hoffman put on a show

Two high school juniors who both wear No. 2 on their uniform — Amanda Hoffman for the Douglas Tigers and Kelli Bangert for the Galena Grizzlies — turned in first-rate pitching performances on Tuesday afternoon.

Hoffman twirled a five-hitter with 14 strikeouts and only allowed one run over seven innings. That one run was the difference, however, as Bangert countered with a two-hit shutout and 13 strikeouts plus she scored the game's only run for the Grizzlies in their 1-0 victory at Douglas.

Douglas (6-11 league, 8-21 overall) is still alive in the Northern 4A playoff picture with one game at Galena on Thursday and a doubleheader Saturday at home against Carson left on the regular season schedule. The Tigers are eighth in the conference standings — one game behind Carson and one game ahead of Galena (5-12, 8-13) in the standings — in the race for eight region tournament berths.

In an important matchup between two young teams — Kylie Swan for Douglas and Mickenzie Stretch for Galena were the only seniors on the field — the Grizzlies broke up a scoreless struggle in the sixth inning. Bangert received a walk to lead off the rally, advanced to second on a sacrifice bunt by Stretch and then scored when Faith Stanley lined a two-out single into center field. Stanley hit 3-for-3 in the game.

Earlier, Hoffman worked out of a bases loaded, one-out threat in the fourth inning when she rang up back-to-back strikeouts. Two of the three walks she gave up came in that inning.

Bangert had her bid for a no-hitter end with two outs in the fifth inning when Alyssa Smokey lined a single to center field.

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The Tigers mounted their most serious threat in the sixth when Hoffman hit a one-out ground ball single past shortstop and Mackenzie Brixey drew a full-count walk. Bangert ended the rally on a swinging strikeout and then a called strike-three pitch on the outside corner.

Bangert, who earned second-team all-conference honors last season, retired the side in order in the seventh when she painted the inside corner with another strike three pitch. The right-hander allowed two walks.

For Hoffman, whose season record now stands at 2-5, the 14 strikeouts was a personal high in three varsity seasons. The right-hander received honorable mention all-league recognition in 2016.

Smokey provided a spark on defense at catcher when she threw out a base runner on an attempted steal of second base to end Galena's third inning rally.

NORTHERN 4A STANDINGS

Reed 16-2 .889 –

Sp. Springs 15-2 .882 .5

Manogue 14-3 .824 1.5

McQueen 10-7 .588 5.5

Damonte 10-7 .588 5.5

Reno 9-8 .529 6.5

Carson 7-10 .412 8.5

Douglas 6-11 .353 9.5

Galena 5-12 .294 10.5

Wooster 2-15 .118 13.5

No. Valleys 1-16 .059 14.5

Tuesday’s scores:

Galena 1, Douglas 0

Carson 14, Wooster 0

Damonte Ranch 6, Bishop Manogue 1

Spanish Springs 12, Reno 1

McQueen 10, North Valleys 0

Saturday’s games:

Carson at Douglas (2), 9 a.m.

Spanish Springs at Reed (2), 11 a.m.

Wooster at Bishop Manogue (2), 11 a.m.

Galena at Damonte Ranch (2), 11 a.m.

McQueen at Reno (2), 11 a.m.