Bangert, Hoffman put on a show
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
Galena 1, Douglas 0
Carson 14, Wooster 0
Damonte Ranch 6, Bishop Manogue 1
Spanish Springs 12, Reno 1
McQueen 10, North Valleys 0
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.
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.
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.