Lady Tigers cruise into regional semifinals; Douglas baseball season ends with 5-2 loss to Reed
The Douglas High girls softball team advanced to the regional semifinals Wednesday afternoon, beating Galena 9-1 in Minden.
The win set up a 5 p.m. matchup against against defending regional champion Damonte Ranch Thursday at Bishop Manogue in the semifinals.
The winner moves on to Saturday’s regional championship round while the loser will have to battle through Friday’s elimination bracket to stay alive.
On Wednesday, Douglas sophomore Kali Sargent was stellar for the second-consecutive day.
She pitched a complete-game three-hitter, striking out six and waking two as Douglas improved to 22-10 on the year.
Galena took a 1-0 lead in the top of the first and went quiet after that as Douglas tied it in the bottom of the first, went ahead in the bottom of the second, extended it to 3-1 in the fifth and put the game away with a six-run sixth.
Kelly Sonnemann doubled twice, driving in a pair of runs, Makayla Shaver doubed and drove in a run, Iliana Brown went 2-for-3 with two RBIs, Katie Kluever scored three runs and drove in another, Sargent went 2-for-3 with an RBI and Allison Meyer and Maddie Parks each had a base hit.
Brown stole two bases in the game and Meyer and Kluever each drove in a run.
Douglas fell 5-2 to Reed in the Regional Playoffs loser’s bracket Wednesday at Reno High School.
The Tigers carried a 2-0 lead into the bottom of the sixth behind a strong pitching performance from Kyle Johnson before Reed surged ahead with a five-run inning.
The Raiders put runner on with a pair of bloop singles just over the infield and moved the runners over with a sacrifice bunt.
A sacrifice fly brought the first run home and a single into left tied the game up with two outs.
Reed then hit a three-run home run for what proved to be the game-winning hit.
“It felt like we were just a bloop single or a key hit away from breaking things open all game long,” Douglas coach Bruce Jacobsen said. “We just weren’t able to get there.
“Credit Reed, they stayed with us all game, got a few things to happen for them and got out with a win. It’s a tough way to go out.”