Tigers rally to pull out walk-off win in Atwater
Six runs in the final two innings lifted the Douglas High baseball team to a 9-8 walk-off victory against Jerry Manuel Academy Wednesday morning during the 57th annual Fran Oneto/Atwater-Winton Lions Easter Tournament in Atwater, Calif.
Douglas trailed 6-0 after two innings and 8-3 going into the bottom of the sixth before staging its comeback at Memorial Ballpark. The Tigers improved their season record to 5-9 overall and advanced into the tournament’s third-place game Thursday against Atwater.
Haydn Brown singled to start the seventh-inning rally, moved to second on Logan Fencl’s sacrifice and scored when Isaiah Schat singled.
Tomas Leitenbauer hit 1-for-2 with three RBI and two runs scored, while Schat went 2-for-4 and Haden Keller 1-for-2 with a double and two runs scored. Douglas finished with seven hits as a team.
Tanner Valenzuela came on to pitch with two outs in the first inning and worked the final 6.1 to pick up the win. The senior left-hander allowed three runs (one earned) on three hits to go with six strikeouts and one walk. He threw 77 pitches, 58 for strikes.
Based in Elverta, Calif., the Jerry Manuel Foundation charter school attracts Sacramento-area high school and junior high students. Manuel formerly managed the Chicago White Sox (1998-2003, American League Manager of the Year in 2000) and New York Mets (2008-2010) and played in the majors for parts of five seasons in the 1970s and early 1980s.
A four-run first inning rally put Douglas on track to a 9-1 win against Redwood Christian (San Lorenzo, Calif.). The Tigers added two runs in the second inning and three runs in the fourth to extend their lead to 9-1.
Brown hit 2-for-3 with a double and two runs scored. Jayden Foster, Hunter Simpson and Schat collected one hit and drove in two runs each.
Simpson pitched six full innings of one-hit ball and Jeremy Aleman worked a scoreless seventh, striking out two of the five batters he faced.
Blake Murray pitched six innings of two-hit ball, only to finish with a no-decision. Murray allowed one run along with seven walks and five strikeouts. Leitenbauer came on to pitch the seventh for the Tigers, with the Pilots picking up the walk-off win on a two-out base hit.
Douglas had two hits, including an RBI double by Schat that drove Fencl home to give Douglas a 1-0 lead in the second inning.
Douglas dropped a 5-1 decision to Fernley in the opening game of the snow-delayed Bishop Manogue JV Tournament in Reno.
Ayden Murphy hit 2-for-3 with one RBI, while Tristan Futch tripled and scored the lone Douglas run. Murphy pitched five innings allowed up six hits and two earned runs with three strikeouts.