Douglas JV remains undefeated
Freshman right fielder Grace Nichols helped set the tone early when she came up with a sliding catch of a fly ball to end Reed’s first-inning rally. Then she doubled two runs home in the fourth inning as the Douglas High JV softball team closed out its 11-1 victory against Reed in the 12th annual Nicole Snyder Memorial Tournament championship game.
By winning, the Tigers successfully defended their tournament championship and capped off a weekend in which they won four straight games. They improved to 11-0 overall for the season.
All nine Douglas starters played roles offensively in the tournament final, as seven contributed to the Tigers’ eight-hit attack and six players scored runs.
Alyssa Smokey pitched a complete game three-hitter and allowed one unearned run for the Tigers. The freshman right-hander finished with seven strikeouts and no walks.
Reed threatened in the top of the first inning, only to leave a runner stranded on third base when Nichols came up with a sinking liner in short right field for the third out.
In the bottom half of the first, Jasmine McNinch drew a leadoff walk and scored on Bailey Walter’s line drive double. Aiyana Pitts followed with a two-out, two-run single to right field and then she scored on an error as Douglas took a 4-0 lead.
Reed scored one run in the second inning, only to see the Tigers immediately answer with four more runs to make it 8-1. Walter delivered an RBI single, Smokey hit a grounder up the middle for a two-run single and Hannah Mott singled another run home.
Douglas closed out the game on the 10-run rule in the fourth. Walter reached base on an error then Smokey and Ivy Barnes drew walks to load the bases. Pitts followed with a sacrifice fly, then after Mott walked, Nichols doubled off the right field fence to drive the final two runs home.
Earlier in the day, Samantha Guardias hit a two-run homer and Walter went 3-for-4 for the Tigers in a 13-2 semifinal win over the Eureka High varsity. The Vandals were semifinalists in the Division IV state tournament last year.
On Friday, Guardias slammed three triples for the Tigers in a 15-3 win over Whittell’s varsity. Smokey and Pitts combined to pitch a no-hitter in a 10-0 win over Carson.
Note: Coach Nate Dondero noted that the Douglas team gathered around the pitcher’s circle for a moment of silence before each tournament game in memory of Nicole Snyder, who was a 16-year-old Douglas High sophomore when she died in a car accident on July 12, 2004.