Stakes high in Douglas, Carson rivalry |

Stakes high in Douglas, Carson rivalry

Members of the DHS baseball team don their rally caps in a game against Galena this past Saturday.
Brad Coman |

A veteran Douglas High baseball team will face a must-win situation this afternoon when it takes the field for Senior Day against arch rival Carson.

Here is the scenario for the 3:45 p.m. contest at Tiger Field. Quite simply, Douglas (8-12 league, 11-14 overall) needs a win today — and then another on Thursday when the rivals conclude their two-game series at Ron McNutt Field in Carson City — in order to have any hope of qualifying for the Northern 4A Region Tournament next week.

The top eight teams from the regular season advance to the playoffs and Douglas stands 10th coming into today. With two wins, the Tigers could move past Wooster, Reed and Carson and, if the other teams go winless this week, finish as high as the No. 7 seed.

Anything less than that, however, and the Tigers will see their season come to an end.

On the other hand, Carson (10-10, 15-13) needs at least one win to clinch a berth in the tournament.

Regardless of how the regular season ends, today will represent the final home appearance for eight Douglas seniors: Haden Keller, Haydn Brown, Kindel Isham, Isaiah Schat, Spencer Trivitt, Hunter Simpson, Riley Wilkinson and Jeremy Aleman. Keller is a fourth-year varsity veteran, while Schat, Brown, Trvitt, Isham and Simpson are in their third varsity season.

The region tournament opens with 4 p.m. games on Tuesday. Higher seeds will host games on Tuesday and Wednesday before the action shifts for the final three days to Bishop Manogue High in Reno. The championship round is scheduled to start at noon on Saturday at Manogue. The champion will advance to the NIAA 4A State Tournament at Las Vegas High School on May 18-20.