Carson tops Douglas in zone opener |

Carson tops Douglas in zone opener

by Chuck Smock

Two infield singles and an error allowed the Carson baseball team to score three runs in the third inning against Douglas in the first round of the Northern 4A Zone tournament on Wednesday at Reno High.

Those three runs proved to be the difference, as the Senators pulled out a 6-3 win and advanced to a 9 a.m. meeting today with conference-champion Reno, which defeated Reed High, 5-3, in the other first round game Wednesday at Reno.

No. 3 McQueen beat No. 6 Wooster, 7-5, Thursday and No. 7 Galena upset No. 2 Fallon, 13-4, to complete the first round Thursday.

Douglas played Reed, and Wooster met Fallon Friday afternoon in losers’ bracket games. Results from Friday’s games were not available for this issue. The teams that lost those two games were eliminated from the tournament. Call 782-8278, ext. 213 for up-to-date information about the Tigers status in the tournament.

Today’s games include the Carson-Reno matchup at 9 a.m., McQueen vs. Galena at noon, as well as losers’ bracket games at 3 p.m. and 6 p.m.

On Wednesday, Carson pitcher Darrell Rasner did it to the Tigers again. But, just like the last time, it wasn’t easy.

The senior Carson pitcher struck out 12 Douglas batters on his way to the complete-game victory.

Rasner, who helped the Senators increase their winning streak against the Tigers to 15 games, allowed only four hits, but he walked walked five, hit a batter and gave up a two-run home run to Douglas senior Joel Kruger.

Rasner struck out the side in the second and sixth innings. In the sixth, he struck out three Douglas hitters in a row after Kruger had trimmed the Senators’ lead to 6-3.

Senior Kenny Nicoll led off the top of the seventh with a walk. Rasner then struck out two batters and got a fly ball to right field to end the game.

Rasner earned his ninth victory in four years against the Tigers. Last Thursday, he struck out a DHS batter with the bases loaded in the seventh inning to preserve a 2-1 win at Ron McNutt Field.

Douglas senior relief pitcher Justin Ray replaced starter Steve Henricksen after 1 1/3 innings Wednesday. Except for the misfortunes in the third, Ray turned in a solid performance, striking out nine and holding Carson scoreless through the final three innings.

Douglas stranded six runners, four of whom were left in scoring position.