Ducks split four games in tournament
Some solid pitching and clutch hitting performances helped the Douglas Ducks 16U summer baseball team win two of four games last weekend during the Damonte Ranch Tournament in Reno.
Cuinn Doherty and Calvin Doerr delivered key two-out hits to help the Ducks win their tournament opener on Thursday against the Wooster Colt 45s, 4-3, at Damonte Ranch High School.
Doherty hit an 0-1 pitch into left field for a two-run single that put Douglas out front in the home half of the first inning. Then, after the Colt 45s tied the score at 2-all in the fourth inning, Doerr drove a 1-2 pitch into left-center field for a triple that brought Donovan Gransbery home with the go-ahead run.
Matt Goff hit 2-for-3 with a double in the third inning. Goff singled to lead off the first inning and came around to score the game’s first run.
That was enough support for Chris Thacker, who pitched five innings, allowed three runs on three hits, to go with nine strikeouts and four walks. Austin Grant worked the final two innings to pick up the save. Grant came on in the sixth and escaped from a bases loaded jam — with only one run allowed — thanks to a strikeout and a 6-4-3 double play from Thacker to Luke Ackermann to Austin Sullivan.
The Ducks played errorless ball in the field.
On Saturday, Gage Hoyle pitched 6.1 innings of four-hit ball and Aiden Budden homered to help lead the Ducks to a 6-3 victory against Spanish Springs.
Hoyle allowed three runs, with seven strikeouts and four walks. Camden Brown earned credit for the save after he came on to pitch with one out and two base runners aboard in the bottom of the seventh inning. Brown retired two straight batters on a strikeout and fly out to close out the game.
Budden hit 2-for-3 with a two-run homer that cleared the 349-foot sign in left-center field in the seventh inning. Budden also singled in the second inning, stole second base and scored on Sullivan’s RBI single to give the Ducks a 2-0 lead. Tre Pimental hit an RBI single on the third inning to make it 4-0.
On Friday, the Carson Blue Jays put up four-run rallies in the second and third innings on their way to a 14-2 win over the Ducks.
Douglas ended its tournament Sunday with a 14-4 loss to Reno Athletics-Manogue Gold.
Evan Simpson hit 2-for-2 with a two-run triple in the fifth inning for the Ducks. James Hubbard went 2-for-3.