Tigers rebound to knock off Panthers
Coming off a tough loss two days before, the Douglas High softball team used some timely hitting and extra base power to turn the tables Thursday for a 6-1 victory at North Valleys.
Four doubles contributed to each of their three rallies, including a game breaking four-run fifth inning, as the Tigers pulled away in the Northern Division I contest.
For Douglas (13-5-2 overall, 9-1 league), it marked a measure of redemption after a 3-1 loss at home on Tuesday when North Valleys rallied to score three runs in the top of the seventh inning.
“This game was much better than our game on Tuesday,” Douglas coach Rob Parks said. “Today, we got runners on base and were able to drive them in.”
That was more than enough support for Kali Sargent, who pitched a complete game six-hitter with one strikeout and one walk.
Parks described the win as an all-around team effort.
“All facets of our game worked today — hitting, bunting, base running, pitching, and defense,” the coach said. “When it all comes together like it did today, we are difficult to beat.”
The Tigers took a 1-0 lead in the first inning. With one out, Allison Meyer doubled to right-center field and scored on Leonna Mortimer’s line drive single to left.
The Panthers came back to tie the score on Amy Pender’s RBI hit in the second inning. Pender’s two-run double on Tuesday broke a 1-1 tie and lifted the Panthers to their win Tuesday.
Douglas regained the lead with one run in the third inning. Maddie Parks hit a leadoff with a double to the base of the left- center field fence and moved to third when Corryne Diaz got aboard on an infield single. Allison Meyer laid down a bunt which was fielded by the Panthers’ first baseman, who missed her attempt on a quick tag, allowing Parks to score.
The Tigers didn’t rest on their one-run lead.
With one out in the fifth, Diaz hit a double into the right-center field gap, moved to third on Meyer’s ground ball fielder’s choice, and scored on a wild pitch. Kelly Sonnemann walked, and Leonna Mortimer hit a ground ball single through the right side of the infield to another run home. Sargent followed with an RBI single and pinch runner Layne Waggoner scored on Makayla Shaver’s RBI double to extend the lead to 6-1.
Bailee Glover, who pitched a complete game five-hitter to win for North Valleys (6-7-1 overall, 4-4 league) Tuesday, started and worked five innings, allowing six runs on eight hits. The junior had seven strikeouts and one walk.
Note: Reed’s 4-3 loss against North Valleys Friday left Douglas in a virtual dead heat with Reed and Spanish Springs for the best Division I record in the North. All three teams have one league one loss.