Douglas softball heads to 4A tourney |

Douglas softball heads to 4A tourney

by Donnie Nelson

The Douglas High School softball team got into this weekend’s NIAA/U.S. Bank State 4A Softball Tournament the old fashioned way, they earned it.

The Tigers, who opened the playoffs with a 1-0 win in 25 innings over McQueen on Thursday, picked up two wins Friday and earned the Northern Zone’s No. 3 seed into the state championship.

After a heartbreaking loss to Galena, the two-time defending state champion and eventual zone winner, Friday morning, Douglas beat Wooster, 2-0, and Carson, 4-1, Friday afternoon to advance on in the tournament. Although it lost to Reed in the loser’s bracket final on one unearned run Saturday morning, it was an outstanding tournament for a rapidly improving team.

Lori Shephard pitched a five-hitter and extended her streak of consecutive shutout innings in the tournament to 32 on Friday when the Tigers beat Wooster, clinching a spot in the state tourney.

Douglas broke the ice with two runs in the top of the fourth inning.

Tomasa Kizer led off the inning with a single and then moved into scoring position with a stolen base. She advanced to third on a ground out to second by Kim Gonzales and then scored on a hit – which was ruled an error – over the left side of the infield by Jenny Smokey.

Douglas added an insurance run in the fifth.

Michelle Roza led off the inning with a single to left-center field. She advanced to second on a sacrifice bunt by Cathy Mauzey and to third on a single by Rebecca Rippee.

After an infield single by Rosie Contri loaded the bases, Tomasa Kizer hit an high chopper back over the circle for an RBI-single.

The Tigers picked up its second win of the season against Carson later that afternoon, guaranteeing themselves no worse than a third-place finish.

Douglas jumped out to a 1-0 lead in the top of the first.

Rosie Contri singled with one out and moved all the way around to third on the play when Carson’s center fielder misplayed the ball. She eventually scored on a single to left field by Brooke Kizer.

The Tigers added two more runs off Carson starter and star pitcher Leah Sanchez in the third.

Kim Githens and started the rally with back-to-back singles. They moved into scoring position on a one-out single to left-center by Tomasa Kizer and scored on a Texas-League single over the first-base bag by Brooke Kizer.

The Tigers scored their final run in the fourth when Githens doubled to the gap in left-center and scored on a single by Rippee.

Kim Gonzales went the distance in the circle for the Tigers, giving up 10 hits and two walks.

Carson, which scored one run in the sixth and seventh innings, left six runners in scoring position.

“Everyone on the team contributed at one time or another,” Douglas coach Mike Rippee said. “We made some outstanding efforts.”

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