Douglas softball scrimmage is today |

Douglas softball scrimmage is today

by Chuck Smock

The Douglas softball team will scrimmage the Carson Senators today at 3 p.m. at Carson High.

And that will be the Tigers’ lone live-action workout before they head into the Hug Tournament this weekend.

“Carson will be a good measuring stick to find out where we are and where we need to go from there,” Douglas coach Ken Carr said. “They are very well-coached and very disciplined.”

The coach added that the scrimmage format will allow him to try different players at several positions. And Carr said he plans to let all three of his pitchers throw to each of his two catchers to see which combinations work best together.

Douglas will face Portola and Reno on Friday in pool play at the Hug Tournament. The Tigers open the tournament against Portola at noon and then play the Huskies at 2 p.m.

The winners of each three-team pool will advance to Gold Bracket play on Saturday. Second-place finishers will head to the Silver Bracket.

Carr said he doesn’t have a scouting report on Portola, but he and his players are very familiar with Reno. The Tigers eliminated the Huskies from the Zone tournament last season.

“Reno is always strong,” Carr said. “They have really good ball players and they don’t make a lot of mistakes, which makes them hard to beat.”

Hug, Sparks, Lassen and Foothill, which was the only team to beat Nevada State champion Wooster last season, are among the other top teams in the tournament.

And even though the season is only a week and a half old, Carr said the Tigers are already itching to go up against someone in a different colored uniform.

“They’re ready to play some games,” he said. “These kids are such competitors. If we picked the team and started league play the next day, that would be fine with them. They just love the competition.”