Tiger baseball picks up two victories
The Douglas High School baseball team came through when it had to Saturday and picked up two important victories over McQueen.
Douglas, battling to stay in contention for the Class 4A Northern Zone’s regular season title, won the first game going away, 14-6, and the second game in dramatic fashion, 9-8. McQueen was the home team even though the game was played at Douglas. The game was originally scheduled to be played in Reno.
Joel Kruger belted a three-run home run in the seventh inning of game two to give the Tigers the sweep. The victories kept Douglas, 10-3 in league, in a tie for second place with Reno and Fallon and within two games of first-place Carson.
The Tigers scored six runs over the first four innings of game two, but they led by only one run. McQueen scored two runs in the first and three runs in the second to take an early 5-3 lead.
Kruger, who finished with four RBIs, Bruce Jacobsen and Marc Garcia all went 2-for-5. Matt Tretton went 3-for-4 with a double and three RBIs and Kenny Nicoll went 2-for-4 with a triple.
Jared Hackler relived starter Steve Henricksen in the fourth and picked up the win. Hackler finished with two strikeouts and Henricksen left the game with three.
The Tigers scored early and often in the first game.
Douglas scored four runs in the second inning and five in the third to take an early 9-1 lead.
McQueen rallied to score five runs in the fourth, but the Tigers answered with four more in the fifth inning to secure the victory.
Trent Tholen started on the mound for Douglas and lasted four innings, picking up three strikeouts. Justin Ray came on in the fifth and Loren Uber took over in the seventh. Ray and Uber both recorded two strikeouts.
Tom Joyner went 3-for-4 with a double, triple and four RBIs. Chad Cooke went 2-for-3 with an RBI, Jacobsen went 2-for-4 with a double and Steve O’Brien went 2-for-5 with a double and an RBI.
Dave Jones had one hit, a triple, and three RBIs. Nicoll and Tholen each added one hit in the Tigers’ 12-hit attack.
Douglas had 12 hits in both games while McQueen had nine hits in the first game and seven in the second. McQueen committed seven errors on the day while Douglas committed just one in each game.
The Tigers are scheduled to play host to the Lowry Buckaroos on Thursday beginning at 3:30 p.m., weather and field conditions permitting. They will play host to the Hug Hawks on Saturday.
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