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Douglas softball has mix of youth, experience

A young, yet experienced, Douglas High softball team headed out of state to open its season at the Dave Kops Tournament of Champions in Bullhead City, Ariz.

The Tigers have seven returnees from last year and six of those are now in their third or fourth varsity season. Even so, Corryne Diaz and Kylie Swan are the only seniors on the roster, although the Tigers feature an experienced supporting cast with juniors Mackenzie Brixie, Chloie Pratt, Casey Peck and Amanda Hoffman, plus sophomore Kettja Bennett.

The Dave Kops TOC presents a formidable. This year's field includes 10 teams in the CalHiSports.com preseason Top 25 rankings, as well as 10 teams in the Top 50 preseason national rankings by the FloSoftball.com or MaxPreps.com websites.

Hoffman pitched a four-hit shutout and Brixey hit a first-inning home run Thursday morning to help the Tigers open their season with a 7-0 win over the Greenway Demons (Phoenix, Ariz.). Hoffman had seven strikeouts and one walk in her five-inning complete game performance.

Douglas moved on to face Hamilton, Ariz., ranked No. 9 nationally by MaxPreps and FloSoftball.

The Tigers showed their potential this past Saturday during three scrimmage games at Bishop Manogue High School, including a 2-0 win against four-time defending region champion Reed.

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Last year, Douglas finished with a 21-15 record and third at the region tournament, one win away from qualifying for state.

The Tigers are now under the direction of first-year head coach Sam Torres, who formerly played softball for the University of Nevada. Rob Parks stepped down as the program's coach at the end of last season (he compiled a 65-42 record in three seasons).

Diaz, a fourth-year varsity veteran who has already signed to play softball at NAIA Thomas University in Georgia, received first-team all-state recognition, while Bennett was named first-team all-region as a pitcher. Diaz led the team in hitting (.471), hits (57), RBI (52 and slugging percentage (.735).

Bennett compiled a 12-6 record, 2.98 ERA with 88 strikeouts and only 22 walks in 120 innings after a call up to the varsity in mid-March.

SCHEDULE

March 10 Dave Kops TOC, Bullhead City, Ariz.

March 11 Dave Kops TOC, Bullhead City,

March 16 McQueen, 3:45 p.m.

March 18 North Valleys, 11 a.m.

March 23 @ Spanish Springs, 3:45 p.m.

March 25 @ Reed,

11 a.m. (2)

April 6 Hug, 3:45 p.m.

April 8 Reno,

11 a.m. (2)

April 13 @ McQueen, 3:45 p.m.

April 15 Bishop Manogue, 11 a.m. (2)

April 20 Spanish Springs, 3:45 p.m.

April 22 @ Damonte Ranch, 11 a.m. (2)

April 27 @ Hug, 3:45

April 29 @ Wooster,

11 a.m. (2)

May 4 @ Galena,

3:45 p.m.

May 6 Carson,

11 a.m. (2)

May 11-13 Region

tournament, TBA

May 18-20 State tournament, Las Vegas

Note: Bold home game, (2) double header.

ROSTER

Haley Doughty, so., 2B, SS, OF

Amanda Hoffman, jr., P, OF

Casey Peck, jr., 2B, SS

Mackenzie Brixey, jr., CF

Corryne Diaz, sr., 3B

Kaya Olson, so., 2B, OF

Chloie Pratt, jr., C, OF

Jasmine McNinch, so., OF

Kendal Moore, fr., 2B, OF,

Kettja Bennett, so., P, OF,

Deztiny Vaughan, fr., P

Kylie Swan, sr., 1B, OF