Galena rallies for sweep at Douglas
NORTHERN 4A STANDINGS
Reno 17-3 .833 -
Sp. Springs 15-5 .833 2
Galena 13-6 .684 3.5
Manogue 12-8 .600 5
McQueen 12-8 .600 5
Damonte 11-9 .550 6
Carson 10-10 .500 7
Reed 10-10 .500 7
Wooster 9-10 .474 7.5
Douglas 8-12 .400 9
No. Valleys 2-1 .100 15
Hug 0-20 .000 17
Galena 9-5, Douglas 6-4
Carson 6-9, Wooster 4-8
Reed 15-15, Hug 0-0
Manogue 4-7, Damonte Ranch 3-10
Reno 1-11, Spanish Springs 0-7
McQueen 15-14, North Valleys 0-0
Galena 8, Wooster 7 (completion of protest)
Carson at Douglas, 3:45 p.m.
Wooster at Bishop Manogue, 3:45 p.m.
Damonte Ranch at Galena, 3:45 p.m.
Reed at Spanish Springs, 3:45 p.m.
Reno at McQueen, 3:45 p.m.
Hug at North Valleys, 3:45 p.m.
Douglas at Carson, 7 p.m.
Bishop Manogue at Wooster, 3:45 p.m.
Galena at Damonte Ranch, 3:45 p.m.
Spanish Springs at Reed, 3:45 p.m.
McQueen at Reno, 3:45 p.m.
North Valleys at Hug, 3:45 p.m.
Only two outs stood between the Douglas Tigers and a critically important Northern 4A baseball victory on Saturday afternoon.
Instead, Galena pushed across two runs in the top of the seventh inning to rally for a 5-4 win in game two of a conference doubleheader at Tiger Field. Galena also came from behind to win game one, 9-6.
Douglas (8-12 league, 11-14 overall) dropped to 10th place in the conference race with two regular season games remaining this week against Carson. The rivals are scheduled to play at 3:45 p.m. Wednesday at Douglas, followed by a 7 p.m. game Thursday at Carson. Douglas needs to sweep the series to have a chance to finish among the top eight teams that advance to the playoffs.
Galena (13-6, 16-12) trailed 2-1 after three innings in Saturday’s opener, however, the Grizzlies scored five runs in the fourth to take the lead for good.
Haden Keller, who had started and pitched 5.0 innings on Tuesday in the Tigers’ 12-4 win over Wooster, returned to the mound to face Galena and worked four innings. He allowed seven runs — one earned as the Tigers committed five errors — on four hits and five strikeouts.
For Douglas, Haydn Brown hit 3-for-3 with two RBI and two runs scored. Keller was 1-for-3 with a two-run single in the seventh inning that cut the final score to 9-6. Brown delivered a two-run single in the fifth inning to cut Galena’s lead to 7-4.
Mateo Lemus earned the win for Galena as he pitched five innings and allowed four runs on eight hits. He received help defensively as the Grizzlies threw out three base runners trying to steal.
In game two, Douglas was unable to hold on after taking leads of 3-1 and 4-3.
The Grizzlies took an early 1-0 lead when Lemus drove the game’s first pitch over the left field fence for a home run.
Andrew West doubled off the left field fence moments later, however, Douglas starter Isaiah Schat rebounced and limited the Grizzlies to one run on no hits over the next four innings. Schat worked 5.2 innings overall, allowed three runs on four hits with six strikeouts to finish with a no-decision.
Two errors helped Douglas score once in the bottom of the first. Brown’s line drive single put runners on the corners with one out and Tristan Futch drove Jayden Foster home with a sacrifice fly.
The Tigers capitalized on some disciplined hitting as they pushed across two more runs in the second inning. Riley Wilkinson singled with one out, Schat lined a single into right field at the end of an eight-pitch at-bat, then after one run scored on an errant pickoff attempt, Kindel Isham and Foster drew back-to-back walks on full-count pitches to load the bases. Next up, Brown was hit by a pitch to force home a run that extended the Douglas lead to 3-1.
Later, the Tigers showed some speed to break a 3-all tie in the sixth inning after Isham singled, stole second, advanced to third on the overthrow, and then scored on a wild pitch.
In the seventh inning, with Brown on the mound for Douglas, the Grizzlies’ Cole Demosthenes drew a leadoff walk and Charles Douglas reached on an error. West reached on a one-out infield hit and then Demosthenes came home to tie the score when the throw to first base was misplayed for an error. Tommy Lichty was walked intentionally to load the bases, then Niko Pezzonella hit a sharp ground ball into right field for a single that drove the go-ahead run home. The Grizzlies were denied a second run on the play when Schat, who had moved to right field, gunned a strike to Futch at the plate to cut down West for the second out of the inning.
Douglas threatened in the bottom of the seventh when Spencer Trivitt was hit by a pitch with one out, however, West retired the side on a fly ball to left field and finally on a called strike-three pitch.
West pitched the final 1.2 innings to earn credit for the win.
Wilkinson hit 2-for-4 to lead the Tigers offensively.