Early outburst lifts Tigers to 8-5 triumph
Eight runs in the first two innings gave the Douglas High baseball team a lead it never relinquished Saturday en route to an 8-5 Northern Division I victory against Damonte Ranch in Reno.
Douglas (14-4 overall, 8-1 league) scored three runs in the first inning and five more runs in the second to take an 8-0 lead, then held on the rest of the way behind the combined seven-hit pitching of Cole Peck and Zach Davies.
Peck pitched five innings, allowed five runs (four earned) on seven hits to go with three strikeouts and one walk. Davies came on to pitch in relief in the sixth inning and retired six of the seven batters he faced to earn his first save of the season.
A two-out rally led to the Tigers taking their 3-0 lead in the top of the first. Dillon Lopez reached on a two-out infield error and scored on Kaleb Foster’s double, then Matt Santos blasted a two-run homer over the left field fence.
The Tigers added five more runs on only one hit in the second. The rally was aided by three errors, three walks and one hit batsman. Michael Mejia drew a leadoff walk, moved to second on Peck’s sacrifice bunt and freshman Haden Keller was hit by a pitch to ignite the rally. Dalton Grisell drove one run home on a ground out and Lopez doubled in the inning.
Damonte Ranch (14-5, 5-4 league) didn’t allow another run as Grant Goff came on to pitch in relief and only allowed three hits over the final five innings.
The Mustangs scored two runs in the fourth inning and three more runs in the fifth to pull within 8-5.
Davies retired the side in order in the sixth and then, after allowing a walk to start the seventh, set down the next three batters on ground balls to end the game.
Foster hit 2-for-3 with one walk and one RBI to lead the Tigers offensively.
Note: Douglas hosts Galena on Thursday in a 3:45 p.m. contest. The two-game series concludes Saturday when the same two teams play at 11 a.m. at Galena. The Tigers face Bishop Manogue Tuesday in a 4 p.m. league game at Aces Ballpark, home of the Pacific Coast League Reno Aces.