McNinch receives softball recognition
Douglas High’s Jasmine McNinch received second-team recognition on the Northern 4A all-region softball team that was announced last week.
McNinch, a sophomore outfielder, emerged as one of the leading hitters for the Tigers this season with her .317 batting average and team-high six home runs. She also played well defensively with three assists, one of which went for a double play and only six errors in 31 games. McNinch finished with a 621 slugging percentage.
Douglas finished with a 12-23 overall record (8-12 league). The Tigers qualified for the region playoffs, only to lose back-to-back games against the tournament’s No. 2 and No. 3 finishers, Bishop Manogue (9-6) and Spanish Springs (11-6). Eight of the team’s loses were decided by two runs or less.
McNinch, who saw limited varsity action as a freshman in 2016, had a breakout game on April 10 when she hit 3-for-3, slammed two home runs and had a double for the Tigers in a 10-7 loss against the Reno Huskies in game one of an important double header in Minden. She also hit home runs in both ends of a doubleheader against Bishop Manogue on April 15 then homered twice and drove in six runs in the same inning on April 29 in a 17-0 win over Wooster.
McNinch is a honor roll student in the classroom in addition to being active in Block D and Art Club.
Two other Douglas players received honorable mention recognition: Amanda Hoffman and Deztiny Vaughan. Hoffman was the winning pitcher both ends of a doubleheader on May 6 when the Tigers secured their playoff berth by knocking off rival Carson, 10-8 and 7-6.