Douglas season ends with rivalry loss
NORTHERN 4A STANDINGS
Reno 19-3 .864 -
Sp. Springs 17-5 .773 2
Galena 16-6 .727 3
Manogue 13-9 .591 6
McQueen 12-10 .545 7
Carson 11-11 .500 8
Damonte 11-11 .500 8
Wooster 10-12 .455 9
Reed 10-12 .455 9
Douglas 9-13 .409 10
No. Valleys 4-18 .182 15
Hug 0-22 .000 18
Carson 5, Douglas 3
Bishop Manogue 10, Wooster 7
Galena 20, Damonte Ranch 17
Spanish Springs 9, Reed 7, 8 innings
Reno 4, McQueen 3
North Valleys 8, Hug 1
The best weather of the season brought out the biggest crowd of the season Thursday, and the fans were treated to a great rivalry game on Senior Night in Carson City.
Carson, needing a win to ensure a playoff berth, scored four times in the bottom of the fourth and then held off a seventh-inning rally by Douglas to grab a 5-3 win at Ron McNutt Field.
The win evened Carson’s record at 11-11, putting the Senators into a tie for sixth place with Damonte. Carson gained the No. 6 seed and a first-round game at Galena on Tuesday based on runs allowed against Damonte. The Senators allowed just five runs in two meetings against the Mustangs.
“This game had a definite playoff atmosphere,” Carson coach Bryan Manoukian said. “A lot of people showed up from both schools and both teams played hard. This is why this is the greatest rivalry in the state, and it lived up to that tonight.
“We had a great group of (senior) kids, and I wish I could have gotten them all in.”
The same can be said for the Tigers, who saw their league season end at 9-13. Marc Walling took some extra time with his team after the game.
“It was a hard-fought game,” Walling said. “It was a pretty good pitcher’s duel for a while. The last two days were a lot of fun. It is what this rivalry is all about.
“We were aggressive at the plate and did a good job. We barreled up some balls, and that’s all you can ask.”
Carson ace Bryce Moyle and Douglas’ Haden Keller were locked in a scoreless duel for 3-plus innings. Carson hit into double plays in each of the first two innings, and Keller’s second-inning single was the only Douglas baserunner in the first four innings.
Then came the bottom of the fourth, and that’s when the game went south on the Tigers.
Jesse Lopez walked and reached second when Keller couldn’t come up with Moyle’s sacrifice bunt. Abel Carter followed with a run-scoring single to right-centerfield for the first run of the game. Jace Keema drove in a run to make it 2-0, and after Colby Zemp popped up a bunt attempt, Jared Barnard singled over shortstop to score Carter. After Trevor Edis singled, Brandon Gagnon reached on an error, allowing the final run of the inning to score.
Moyle gave up an unearned run in the fifth. Riley Wilkinson and Spencer Trivitt singled to open the inning. Ayden Murphy hit a big-hop grounder to Carter, who stepped on the bag at third and threw a strike to first. Hunter Simpson followed with a groundball that Carter made a nice play on, but threw wildly to first, allowing Trivitt to score from second. Moyle retired Isaiah Schat to end the uprising.
Moyle had an easy sixth, and he was done for the day. He allowed just four hits over six innings en route to the win.
“He threw 30 yesterday and 70 tonight. We weren’t going to let him throw over 100,” Manoukian said. “He was an absolute warrior tonight. He changed speeds really well and threw strikes when he needed to. He was pounding the zone, and Douglas was very aggressive at the plate.”
Moyle said the Tigers’ strategy of swinging early in the count didn’t bother him, especially because he was on a pitch count.
“I started throwing a two-seam fastball and let them roll over on it,” said Moyle who fanned one and walked one. “I knew they weren’t going to score many off of me.”
Carson made it 5-1 in the sixth, as Brandon Gagnon’s two-out groundball was misplayed, allowing Barnard to score Carson’s final run.
The Tigers made things interesting in the seventh, scoring two unearned runs. Reliever Cole McDannald was helped by a diving catch by Gagnon in right field. McDannald fanned Kindel Isham on a 3-2 pitch to end the game.
Camden Brown went 5-for-5 with four runs scored to lead a 17-hit attack that carried Douglas to a 16-13 win at Carson on Thursday afternoon.
Douglas had five hits, including Jonathan Antti’s two-run triple and an RBI double by Elijah Hinojosa, during a seven-run second inning rally that broke up a 3-all game.
Carson answered with five runs in the fourth inning to tie the score at 10-all.
Douglas took the lead for good with a three-run rally in the sixth inning, sparked by doubles from Brown and Hinojosa. The added some insurance with three runs in the seventh.
Brown pitched the final three innings to earn credit for the win. He allowed three runs (one earned) on two hits. Antti started on the mound and worked four innings.
Caden Hultberg went 2-for-3 with two RBI, Antti 2-for-4, Hinojosa 2-for-5 and Justin Stevens 1-for-3 with two RBI to help the Tigers offensively.
On Wednesday, Douglas put together four-run rallies in the fourth and fifth innings then held on for a 9-8 win at home against Carson.
Elijah Lyons hit a two-run double to break a 2-all tie in the fourth inning and give the Tigers a lead they never relinquished. Jonathan Antti also had an RBI single in the fifth.
Elijah Hinojosa pitched 5.2 innings, allowed five runs (one earned) on one hit with nine strikeouts and eight walks. Justin Stevens came on to get the final out after Carson scored five runs in the sixth inning. And then in the seventh inning, Stevens got a strikeout with the potential tying run on third base to earn credit for the save.
Stevens also doubled home a run in the home half of the sixth inning and brought home a run in the fourth when he received a bases loaded walk.