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Tigers begin new season with lofty goals

No doubt, there is some unfinished business for the Douglas High baseball team to take care of this spring.

Seven returnees are determined to make up for some disappointments over the past two seasons when they missed out on playoff berths by the narrowest of margins.

And that's just for starters.

The Tigers have set some lofty goals coming into the spring season, according to Haden Keller, a fourth-year senior outfielder. He is joined by third-year veterans Isiah Schat (pitcher), Haydn Brown (first base), Kindel Isham (infield), Spencer Trivitt (catcher), Hunter Simpson (pitcher) and Jayden Foster (infield).

"We're definitely excited for this season. We want to get that zone championship at the end of the year, but first thing's first, we need to get to the playoffs," Keller said. "I think with the team we have, we have a lot better chance … we have a lot more depth than we had the last two years."

Last year, Douglas (13-18 overall, 9-13 league) missed the playoffs by one game during a season in which it lost eight games by three runs or less. In 2015, Douglas recovered from an 0-10 start to finish 8-14 in conference record, only to miss a postseason berth on a tie-breaker. Six of those conference losses were decided by three runs or less.

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The Tigers open their season Thursday at home against Truckee in the Mike Bearman Memorial Preseason Tournament. They continue today to face Enterprise (Redding, Calif.) at 9:30 a.m. and then the Carson Senators in a 2 p.m. game at Carson High School's Ron McNutt Field.

Marc Walling is back for his second season as head coach of the program.

Keller was a second-team all-region selection last season when he hit .338 in conference. He had two hits and four RBI to help the Tigers in their come-from-behind 7-5 win at home against eventual conference champion Galena and went 3-for-4 on April 14 in a 12-8 win over Reed. Three other Douglas players received honorable mention recognition: Simpson, Trivitt and Brown.

Simpson ranked second in the conference with his 47 innings of work and sixth in strikeouts with 34.

Trivitt hit .350 and Brown .348 during the conference season. Brown had a .514 slugging percentage.

"We're itching to get going," Keller said. "I think it (experience) will pay off. We have quite a few guys who have been out here for a long time and I think that will help us out."

schedule

March 10 Enterprise, 9:30 a.m. (@Carson)

March 10 @ Carson, 2 p.m.

March 11 Fallon, 9:30 a.m. (@ Reed)

March 11 @ Reed, 5 p.m.

March 14 McQueen, 3:45

March 16 @ McQueen, 3:45 p.m.

March 18 North Valleys, 11 a.m.

March 21 @ North Valleys, 3:45 p.m.

March 23 Spanish Springs, 3:45 p.m.

March 25 @ Spanish Springs, 11 a.m.

April 4 @ Reed, 3:45 p.m.

April 6 Reed, 3:45 p.m.

April 8 @ Hug, 11 a.m.

April 11 Hug, 3:45 p.m.

April 13 Reno, 3:45 p.m.

April 15 @ Reno, 11 a.m.

April 18 Bishop Manogue, 3:45 p.m.

April 20 @ Bishop Manogue, 3:45 p.m.

April 22 @ Damonte Ranch, 11 a.m. (2)

April 25 Wooster, 3:45 p.m.

April 27 @ Wooster, 3:45 p.m.

April 29 Galena, 11 a.m. (2)

May 3 Carson, 3:45 p.m.

May 4 @ Carson, 3:45 p.m.

May 9-13 Region tournament, Peccole Park

May 18-20 State tournament, Las Vegas

ROSTER

Jeremy Aleman, sr.

Haydn Brown, sr.

Eddy Cabrera, jr.

Maverick Duffy, jr.

Sean Dunkelman, jr.

Jayden Foster, jr.

Tristan Futch, jr.

Kindel Isham, sr.

Haden Keller, sr.

Conner Lozano, jr.

Ayden Murphy, so.

Justin Phillips, jr.

Zach Romero, jr.

Isaiah Schat, sr.

Hunter Simpson, sr.

Spencer Trivitt, sr.

Riley Wilkinson, sr.

Keith Zeitler, jr.