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Douglas softball loses 1-0 to Bay Area power

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It could be called a heart-breaker for the Douglas High softball team. Despite falling on the short end of a 1-0 score against Alhambra (Martinez, Calif.) on Friday morning, the Tigers turned in one of their better performances so far this season to start out at the Reed Easter Break Tournament in Sparks.

One unearned run in the fourth inning proved to be the difference for Douglas (3-11 overall, 2-4 conference) in a matchup at Shadow Mountain Park against a Bay Area foe that reigns as the three-time North Coast Section Division 2 champion and entered this season listed in the CalHiSports website's top-20 rankings. The Bulldogs were 24-2 last year, including a 16-2 win against Douglas at the Reed tournament.

The Tigers received a big outing from freshman Deztiny Vaughan, who pitched four-hit ball over five innings before the game was called due to the tournament's time limit. Vaughan finished with five strikeouts and one walk.

The performance was noteworthy against a lineup that features Cal-bound Karlee Sparachino (.620 with 57 RBI in 2016) and UCLA-bound Briana Perez (.613 with 40 RBI in 2016). Perez hit 2-for-2 in this game.

Alhambra took a 1-0 lead in the fourth inning aided by two errors and a single. Kimiko Zapanta reached base on a leadoff error, advanced on an infield single by Perez, then scored on an error after she stole third base.

Alhambra junior pitcher Briana Edwards only allowed two hits with one strikeout and three walks.

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Casey Peck and Kendal Moore accounted for the two Douglas hits.

The Tigers returned to action later on Friday and dropped a 3-0 decision to the James Logan High Colts (Union City, Calif.), another perennial Bay Area power. Teri Johnson is now in her 32nd season as head coach of the James Logan program and in 2015 celebrated her 600th career coaching victory. One alum, Vicky Galindo, went on to play for the Team USA.

Kettja Bennett allowed three runs on six hits with two strikeouts and no walks for Douglas. The sophomore also went 2-for-2 at the plate.

Douglas threatened in the third inning when Bailey Walters hit a leadoff single to center field, advanced to second on Casey Peck's sacrifice bunt and took third when Bennett lined a single to right field. The two runners were left stranded, however, when James Logan pitcher Camille Rodriguez retired the side on an infield fly.

Rodriguez pitched a three-hitter with five strikeouts and one walk.

The Colts scored once in the first and second innings.

Douglas finishes at the Reed tournament on Saturday and then returns to its Northern 4A conference schedule Thursday with a 3:45 p.m. home game against Hug.

Note: The Douglas baseball team is scheduled to play again on Tuesday at Reed in a 3:45 p.m. conference game on Tuesday. The two teams play again Thursday in a 3:45 p.m. contest at Tiger Field in Minden.