Softball wins twice at Reed in a walk-off
Needless to say, any softball team has a lot to celebrate about after a walk-off win.
The Douglas Tigers experienced a double dose this past weekend when they got past Reno 5-4 on Friday and then defeated Spanish Springs 10-9 in eight innings on Saturday during the Reed Spring Break Tournament in Sparks.
Douglas (6-6-1 overall) split four tournament games overall, including a pair of losses against East Bay Area powers, 16-2 at the hands of Alhambra (Martinez, Calif.) Friday and 9-4 against James Logan (Union City, Calif.) Saturday at Shadow Mountain Park.
Coach Rob Parks was elated about those wins against two formidable conference rivals. Spanish Springs was last year’s Northern Division I regular season champion and Reno the third-place finisher.
“The girls came through when they needed to,” Parks noted. “That is the type of team we need to be this year. We need to score a lot of runs and play good defense.”
The bigger tests, of course, will come on the conference schedule when the Tigers visit Spanish Springs on April 12 followed by a doubleheader at Reno on April 16 and a home game against Spanish Springs on April 21.
“Now we need to turn around and beat them in our league games where they really count,” Parks added.
Corryne Diaz lined a two-out single into right field to score Allison Meyer from third base for the winning run in the bottom of the eighth inning.
Kettja Bennett pitched all 8 innings to earn credit for the win in a matchup against Spanish Springs all-conference pitcher Hayley Fein. Bennett allowed seven earned runs on 13 hits with five strikeouts and one walk. The two teams combined to commit seven errors.
Douglas scored seven runs in the third inning to take a 7-3 lead, highlighted by Kylie Swan’s three-run homer. The Cougars scored five runs in the sixth to tie the score at 9-all.
Meyer hit 2-for-5 with three runs scored while Diaz went 2-for-5 with four RBI. Mackenzie Brixey went 2-for-3 and Shaena Robinson 1-for-4 with a double and one RBI. Swan finished with three RBI and Chloie Pratt drove in one run.
The James Logan Colts scored six runs in the opening two innings and went on to win the tournament’s silver bracket final.
Robinson hit 3-for-4 with three RBI and Brixey hit a double to lead the Tigers offensively.
James Logan was 23-3-1 last season, including a 7-1 win over Douglas at the Reed tourney, and finished as the North Coast Section Division I runner-up. Coach Teri Johnson, now in her 31st season as coach at the school, celebrated her 600th victory late in the 2015 season.
On Friday against Alhambra, Meyer hit 1-for-3 with a double against the two-time defending CIF North Coast Section champion Alhambra Bulldogs. Diaz also went 1-for-2 with a double and RBI while Pratt was 1-for-2 with a double.
James Logan finished the 2015 season as the CIF North Coast Section Division I runner-up. Alhambra is the two-time defending North Coast Section Division II champion and on Saturday lost 10-4 to Reed in the tournament championship game.