Baseball, softball playoffs start Tuesday
The Northern Nevada high school postseason gets going in earnest Tuesday with the Douglas baseball team on the road at Spanish Springs while the Lady Tiger softball team will host Reno.
The regional baseball tournament appears to be wide open heading in after Bishop Manogue snuck away with the league title on the last day of the regular season last week.
Manogue, Spanish Springs, Reno, Damonte Ranch and Galena all finished within a game of each other while sixth-place Reed finished six games out and seventh-place Douglas was four games out.
Manogue hosts Carson in the first round Tuesday, Reno hosts Reed, Damonte hosts Galena and Douglas will square off with the Cougars at Spanish Springs with all games starting at 4 p.m.
The winner’s move on to face off at the higher seed’s home field on Wednesday, while the first-round losers will do the same on the opposite side of the bracket.
The winner’s bracket continues Thursday at Wooster, with the loser’s bracket moving to Reno High.
The loser’s bracket finals will be Friday at Reno, with the regional championship round conducted Saturday at Wooster.
The bracket shapes up favorably for the Tigers as Douglas has beaten every team on its half of the bracket at least once this season.
The only teams it didn’t beat — Manogue and Galena — will have to battle through the tougher side of the bracket, which includes perennial power Reno.
In softball, Douglas locked down a first-round home game by clinching the No. 2 seed out of the Sierra League.
The regional softball format changed this season, spreading playoff games across a five-day period where it had been a three-day, one-site tournament previously.
The Lady Tigers also face a favorable draw as the two teams it wasn’t able to beat this season — Damonte Ranch and Spanish Springs — will be on the opposite side of the bracket.
Douglas lost by one-run in a 19-inning game to High Desert League champ Reed earlier this season and turned around to defeat the Raiders in the second game of a doubleheader.
The Raiders would be Douglas’ likely second-round opponent if the Tigers were able to get past Reno.
Douglas went 3-1 against Reno this season, although each contest was relatively close.
The second round will be played at the higher seeds on Wednesday, and then the tournament moves to Bishop Manogue for Thursday, Friday and Saturday.
The Douglas junior varsity baseball team lost to Carson 5-2 on Wednesday.
Logan Fencl doubled and singled, and Zach Davies, Ben Penwell and Alberto Solis each singled.
Douglas came back to beat Carson 6-5 on Thursday on Tim Cadaret’s RBI single that brought Logan Fencl home in the bottom of the seventh.
Davies pitched a strong game, going 6 2/3 innings and striking out six. Blaine Pinochi closed out the game in relief.
Davies went 3-for-4 with three singles to help his own cause.
Fencl contributed two singles and a sacrifice fly, JP Kelly and Solis each doubled and Charlie Cryderman, Tomas Leitenbauer, Michael Mejia and Penwell each singled.
Douglas wrapped up the year with an 11-11 league record.