Douglas pulls off another miracle
The Douglas High School baseball team has a flair for the dramatic.
The Tigers clawed their way back for three runs in the bottom of the seventh inning Thursday and pulled out a 3-2 win over visiting Lowry. And, they did it all with two outs.
The win kept Douglas, 11-3 and tied for second place in the 4A Northern Zone, within two games of first-place Carson. Douglas is scheduled to play host to Hug in a doubleheader today beginning at 10 a.m. Lowry, which came into Thursday’s game as one of the hottest teams in the league, dropped to 7-7.
Douglas managed just one hit – a single by Beau Kruger – over the first six innings against Lowry pitcher Matt Christensen. It was down to its final out of the game – trailing 2-0 and with nobody on base – when the fireworks started.
First came a walk, then a hit batsman and finally three straight hits. Joel Kruger and Trent Tholen each had singles and Steve O’Brien had the game-winning hit, an RBI-double.
Douglas beat Lowry in similar fashion earlier in the season. It rallied for four runs in the top of the seventh back on March 19 in a 5-2 win in Winnemucca.
The Tigers couldn’t figure the Lowry hurler through the first six innings. It managed only one walk (O’Brien with one out in the third inning) during that stretch besides Beau Kruger’s hit.
Dave Jones and Bruce Jacobsen hit back-to-back long fly outs to center field in the first inning and Tom Joyner hit a long fly out to left field in the second, but the Tigers had nothing to show for the hard-hit balls. Christensen, who faced just one batter over the minimum over the first four innings, threw just 40 pitches and recorded four strikeouts during that time.
Douglas starter Loren Uber was almost equally up to the task. Uber had a no-hitter going through three innings, but he issued four walks during that opening stretch to keep things interesting.
Uber walked Eric Angelopoulos and Chris Christean, both on four pitches, to open the game. Angelopoulos was caught stealing third base for the first out when Joyner, the catcher, handled a pitch in the dirt and threw a strike to Jacobsen, who made a nice sweep tag. Uber got the next two batters to ground out to Kenny Nicoll at short and pop out to O’Brien at second, respectively, to end the inning.
Lowry had runners on first and third with two outs in the third after a pair of walks and a throwing error, but Uber got the No. 3 hitter in the Lowry lineup to ground out to second for the final out.
Lowry broke through in the fourth.
Clean-up hitter Barcley Stamey started the rally with a single up the middle. Eric Enochson then walked on four pitches and Tony Martinez reached on a fielder’s choice – a throwing error to second by Uber – to load the bases with no outs.
Christensen helped his own cause with a sacrifice bunt, scoring Stamey. Uber responded, however, striking out the next two batters to end the rally.
Lowry added one more run in the sixth when Dan Steelman hit an RBI-single.
John Flagg relieved Uber in the seventh and eventually picked up the win. Uber was outstanding for the most part, giving up just three hits.
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