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Carson blanks Douglas

by Chuck Smock

The Douglas baseball team could have blamed its lack of offense Thursday against Carson on a number of things. The cold. The wind. The snow.

The only problem was, the weather didn’t seem to affect the Senators, who pounded out 16 hits in a 13-0 win that was shortened to five innings by the 10-run rule.

Douglas managed only three hits against Carson’s Darrell Rasner, who changed speeds effectively and struck out six Tigers. Kenny Nicoll had two of the three hits. Matt Tretton had the other.

Lars Baker’s team put two runners on base in every inning except the first, but couldn’t come up with a key hit to get a rally going.

Douglas junior Jared Silveira got off to a shaky start – his first pitch hit the backstop and his third hit Carson leadoff hitter Ryan Bauman in the batting helmet – but he might have gotten out of trouble if not for the wind.

Trailing 2-0, Silveira quickly got two outs in the top of the third. He walked the next two batters, however, and then gave up an RBI single to Chandler Allen.

Another walk loaded the bases for Josh Robinson, who worked Silveira to a full count. And then Carson caught a break. Robinson swung at a high pitch that would have been ball four and popped the ball down the third base line. On a calm day, Douglas third baseman Bruce Jacobsen easily could have made the play. On Thursday, the wind pushed the ball at least 10 yards from where it would have landed, transforming it from an inning-ending out to a harmless foul ball.

Robinson smacked the next pitch for a two-run single that gave Carson a 5-0 lead and chased Silveira from the game.

The Senators (6-4) scored seven runs on nine hits in the top of the fifth inning off Douglas relievers Loren Uber and Kyle Baker.

The Tigers are now 6-5 and have lost three games in a row. They will try to get back on track in the race for one of the tops spots in the conference when they host McQueen in a doubleheader today at the DHS diamond. The first game is scheduled to start at 10 a.m.