Diaz, Meyer swing hot bats for Douglas softball
When it comes to swinging a hot bat, anyone would be hard pressed to start their season the way Corryne Diaz and Allison Meyer did for the Douglas High softball team last weekend at the Bishop Gorman Kickoff the Season Tournament in Las Vegas.
Diaz hit .737 (14-for-19) with 10 RBI in six games, plus the junior third baseman muscled up with two doubles, three triples and then capped off the weekend with two home runs Saturday against Bishop Gorman. Meyer wasn’t far off with her numbers, either, as the senior middle infielder hit .579 with nine RBI, 10 runs scored, three doubles and one triple.
As a team, the Tigers were 2-3-1 and reached the finals of their bronze medal bracket before losing 10-9 to Gorman on a three-run rally in the bottom of the seventh inning.
“I think we went out there expecting some really hard competition,” Meyer said. “We went in with a positive attitude and worked on playing together as a team, and I think we did a good job.”
Each of the five teams Douglas faced went to the playoffs in 2015. On Saturday, the Tigers picked up an 11-11 tie against Arbor View (Las Vegas), which was 21-9 last year; posted an 11-3 win over Woods Cross, which entered last year’s Utah 4A state tournament as the No. 1 seed; before falling to Gorman.
Meyer hit 4-for-4 with three doubles and Diaz 2-for-4 with two home runs to lead the Tigers in that last game against the Gaels.
“Corry and Allison had a great tournament,” Douglas coach Rob Parks said. “The pitchers just could not get either of them out. Corry would probably have had five home runs if we were playing in a (regular) high school ballpark with fences.”
Diaz just smiled when asked about her two home runs against Gorman.
“It was really cool,” she said. “I’ve never done that before; I’ve hit a lot of home runs, but that was the first time I’ve hit two in the same game. I just do what I can for the team, so it all worked out for me.”
It just wasn’t enough to hold off the Gaels, as Morgan Blanner hit 4-for-4 and drove in the winning run in the bottom of the seventh inning. Samantha Stanfill also hit a grand-slam home run in Gorman’s six-run second inning rally.
Earlier in the day, nine players contributed hits for Douglas in its rematch game against Arbor View. Diaz hit 2-for-3 with a triple and two RBI, while Shaelin Robinson hit 1-for-3 with two RBI, a triple and two runs scored. Kylie Swan also went 1-for-3 with two RBI and Casey Peck 1-for-2 with one RBI, while Mackenzie Brixey, Madison Rodgers, Chloie Pratt, Meyer and Hoffman contributed one hit each.
Amanda Hoffman pitched four innings, allowed six hits and five runs (four earned) to earn credit for the win. Hoffman pitched 23 innings during the tournament, a larger load than expected due to a shoulder injury sustained by Madi Peters.
“Amanda pitched well for us,” Parks said.
On Friday, Arbor View used a seven-run fourth inning rally to vault to a 9-2 win against Douglas. Diaz hit 3-for-3 with a double and Peck 2-for-3 to lead the Tigers.
Diaz went 3-for-4, Meyer 2-for-3 with three RBI and Hoffman homered for the Tigers against Woods Cross.
“I think that the whole team did really good,” Meyer said. “We did a pretty good job of not leaving base runners stranded and just putting together hits to get runs home.”
Now, the Tigers are looking forward to the start of their Northern Division I conference season Thursday (3:45 p.m.) at home against McQueen.
“We did better than we thought we were going to do,” Meyer said. “I think we realized we have a chance to do really good this season.”