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Douglas moves up in tournament hierarchy

by Chuck Smock

First-year Douglas baseball coach Fred Bendure was justifiably happy and proud Saturday when he thought his Tigers had earned the sixth seed in the Northern 4A Zone tournament by virtue of their two-game split with Wooster.

Bendure was even happier Tuesday after hearing that his team had jumped up to the fourth spot in the final regular-season standings because Galena was forced to forfeit 11 games for using an ineligible player.

In a statement released Tuesday, the Nevada Interscholastic Activities Association reported that Galena had used an ineligible player in games played from March 13 through April 8. The Grizzlies swept a doubleheader from the Tigers on March 18.

“This is a very unfortunate situation but one which requires action based on the rules and regulations of the NIAA,” said Dr. Jerry Hughes, executive director of the NIAA. “The grades of a student who was enrolled in curricular classes outside of the school were not monitored properly. Although it was inadvertent on the part of Galena High School, the fact remains an ineligible players participated and had a potential effect on the outcome of every contest.”

The NIAA press release added that the action is under administrative appeal by the school and that there is the potential for court action.

Before the Galena development, the Tigers were looking at a first-round zone matchup with rival Carson. Instead, they’ll play No. 5 seed Fallon in the first round on Wednesday, May 3, at 4 p.m. at Carson High.

“Any time you move up it’s good news, plus we picked up two victories,” said Bendure. “And now we play Fallon, which is a good matchup for us. I think the kids will be excited.

“But we still have to take care of business, regardless of who we play.”

Galena, which had finished second in the Northern 4A standings with a 19-5 record, dropped to 8-16 after the forfeits and didn’t qualify for the zone tournament. Carson (17-7) moved up to second place from third and McQueen (17-7) moved to third from fourth as a result of Tuesday’s action.

With the two forfeit victories, the Tigers improved to 15-9.

On Saturday in the first game of the doubleheader with the Wooster Colts, the Tigers got another solid pitching performance from senior Jared Silveira and won 14-4. Silveira struck out seven and walked four in six innings.

“Jared got stronger as the game went on,” Bendure said. “He struck out the side in the sixth inning and struck out two guys in the fourth.”

The Tigers scored six runs in the bottom of the sixth inning to end the game with the 10-run rule. Chris Murray hit a two-run home run in the final rally.

Adam Sheldon helped Douglas get off to a good start with a single that scored two runs in the first inning. Austin Graham also had an RBI single in the first.

The Tigers managed 10 hits in the second game, but couldn’t score a run in a 7-0 loss.

“We couldn’t put anything together,” Bendure said. “Nothing went our way. It was just one of those games.”

Rich French, Trevor Crawford, Bobby Lee, Cal Lewis and Sheldon each had two hits in the second game.

Douglas will play host to Mammoth today at 3:30 p.m. Bendure said he is also hoping to schedule another tuneup game for this weekend.