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Baseball: Tigers fall to Lancers in pitching duel

by Joey Crandall

The Douglas baseball team’s defense turned in a flawless effort and junior pitcher Nolan Weintz enjoyed the finest outing of his varsity career Tuesday afternoon at Tiger Field in Minden.

McQueen lefty Christian Stolo, an early candidate for the Northern 4A’s Pitcher of the Year, was too much for the Tiger bats to handle, though, as the Lancers stole away a 1-0 win.

In what was otherwise a pitching duel, most of the action in the scorebook came in the first inning.

The Lancers’ Anthony Calton hit a one-out double to deep left in the top of the first. Kody Reynolds followed by ripping a double just inside the foul line behind third base for the early 1-0 lead.

Weintz got out of the inning on a sacrifice bunt moving Reynolds to third and the first of his five strikeouts on the afternoon.

Stolo stuck out the first batter he saw in the bottom half before freshman catcher Kaleb Foster reached on an error.

Tiger senior Cody Begovich hit a slow-rolling infield single toward short and Weintz later loaded the bases by drawing a two-out walk.

Stolo got out of the early jam, however, by inducing a fielder’s choice to third, with Foster being thrown out at home.

From there, both pitchers settled into a rhythm.

Weintz surrendered only a one-out single in the top of the fourth and a leadoff single in the top of the seventh.

Stolo retired 13 consecutive batters before walking Trebotich to open the bottom of the sixth.

Trebotich took second on a wild pitch to Foster, and advanced to third on yet another wild pitch in the same at bat.

Stolo was able to induce a fielder’s choice, though, and Trebotich was thrown out at home.

Stolo retired Douglas’ final five batters in order.

He finished with 10 strikeouts and only two walks. Douglas had just four baserunners on the afternoon.

For his part, Weintz struck out five and walked just one while scattering four hits.

Douglas dropped to 2-3 in Northern 4A action with the loss. The Tigers will travel to McQueen Thursday afternoon at 3:45 p.m. to wrap up the series.