Baseball: Douglas suffers 1st league loss, maintains hold on 1st place
After being handed its first league loss of the season Saturday morning, the Douglas baseball team was able to salvage a doubleheader split with Damonte Ranch by winning the second game 1-0.
The split ran Douglas’ record to 13-2 overall and 9-1 in league play as the Tigers maintained their hold on first place in the league standings.
Douglas senior Nolan Weintz turned in a gem on the mound in Game 2, tossing a complete-game three-hit shutout to improve to 4-0 this season. He struck out four and walked two in the win.
With the game scoreless and two outs in the bottom of the seventh, Douglas right fielder Cale Kynett was hit by a pitch.
Teddy Mason then looped a ball into the outfield that appeared catchable, but a pair of Damonte fielders converged on it at the same time and neither made the catch. Kynett was able to come all the way around from first to score the game-winner on the play.
Kaleb Foster and Mason both doubled.
Earlier in the day, Damonte plated nine runs in the fourth and fifth inning combined to send Douglas to its first league loss, 10-7.
The teams battled through the first two innings scoreless before the Tigers scratched their first run across after catcher Kaleb Foster walked and advanced to second on a wild pitch. Weintz then hit a soft line drive single that brought Foster in.
The Tigers carried the lead into the top of fourth where Damonte was able to put runners on first and third with no outs.
Tiger starter Kyle Johnson induced a pop fly to second baseman Cody Carter for the first out. Douglas then looked as though it might get out of the inning without any damage as Damonte’s Kyle Richard grounded into what looked like would be an inning-ending double play.
An error, though, resulted in Douglas only getting one out from the play and allowing the tying run to score.
The consecutive hits from the Mustangs, though, brought in three more runs to give Damonte a 4-1 lead.
Douglas answered right back in the bottom half as Carter doubled to bring Chase White home and Jimmy King later grounded out to short, allowing Carter to score from third.
Damonte brought five runs across in the top of the fifth, though, which proved to be insurmountable for the Tigers.
Not that they didn’t try.
Dusty Fisher blasted a solo home run to left center to lead off the bottom of the sixth for Douglas, cutting the score to 9-4.
Damonte scored once more in the top of the seventh to make it 10-4, but Douglas put together a two-out rally in the bottom half to make it interesting.
White and Carter both singled and Fisher hit a hard line drive for a double, bringing two runs in.
Fisher later scored from second base on a passed ball, setting the score at its final.
Douglas improved to 6-1 in league play last week with a 15-10 win over North Valleys.
The two teams combined for 24 hits. Tomas Leitenbauer picked up the win for the Tigers in relief.
Michael Mejia went 5-for-5 with two doubles, Alberto Solis added a triple, Logan Fencl hit a three-run home run to left center and added a sacrifice fly, Zach Davies had a double and a single and Trevor Tierney, Blaine Pinochi and Timothy Cadaret all hit singles.