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The Douglas softball team got back on track with a two-game sweep of Lowry on Saturday in Winnemucca

by Chuck Smock, Sports editor

Jodi Gonzales pitched the Tigers to both victories over the Buckaroos. She allowed one run on five hits in a 6-1 win in the first game. Gonzales tossed a one-hitter as the Tigers rolled to a 11-0 victory in the second game.

The wins capped off a week that included losses to Carson (1-0 on Tuesday) and Reed (13-6 on Thursday).

“All in all, the girls played very well (Saturday),” Douglas coach Ken Carr said. “They were a lot more focused. You could tell when they were warming up. I think they were happy to see their game back.

“I think they felt like they needed to prove something to themselves, and boy, did they. The girls had a good weekend.”

And the confidence-building victories over Lowry couldn’t have come at a better time. The Tigers will play five conference games in five days this week.

Douglas (7-4 in Northern 4A Conference play) started the week with a home game against Sparks on Tuesday. The Tigers will travel to Sparks for another game with the Railroaders on Thursday and then will play host to Hug on Friday. The grueling stretch ends with a road doubleheader at Reno High on Saturday.

“It’s going to be a tough week,” Carr said. “There isn’t a soft spot (in the schedule).

“It’s probably the most important five days of the season for us. We have the chance to really seed ourself fairly decently in our division if we can be fairly successful this week. This is going to be one crucial week for us.”

Success will be much easier to achieve if the Tigers can recover from several injuries that have forced Carr to shuffle his lineup.

Junior Jeannette Holt suffered a concussion when she ran into the outfield wall while making a catch against Galena on March 25. She should return to the lineup this week, Carr said.

Freshman pitcher Tarrah Kizer injured her back last Tuesday in the loss to Carson. The coach said Kizer could be ready to pitch by Saturday, meaning Gonzales will be counted on to carry the Tigers against Sparks and Hug.

Gonzales was up to the challenge on Saturday. She struck out nine batters in the first game and was 2-for-4 with two RBI at the plate.

Lindsey Rollins and Allie Walling both were 2-for-4 in the first game. Michelle Roza was 2-for-3 with an RBI, Hillary Moreira was 2-for-4 with three RBI and Bo Ceballos and Mika Carr each had one hit.

In the second game, Rollins was 2-for-4 with four RBI and Walling was 2-for-4 with three RBI. Moreira was 2-for-3 with a home run, while Roza and Cheryl Nicoll each had one hit and one RBI.

Jen McCrosky, Ashley Coleman, Ceballos and Kizer all had one hit in the second game.