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Tigers defeat Buckaroos, 17-12

by Chuck Smock

The Douglas baseball team spotted the Lowry Buckaroos six runs in the first inning Thursday, but battled back to score 11 runs in the final two frames to earn a 17-12 Northern 4A victory.

Trevor Crawford saved the day for the Tigers. He took the mound with two outs in the bottom of the first and pitched the rest of the game, allowing only three earned runs in 613 innings.

“It was awesome,” Douglas coach Fred Bendure said. “Trevor went in, took control and took the game over. It was a very impressive performance by Trevor Crawford.”

The win over Lowry followed some good news for the Tigers from the NIAA office.

South Tahoe, which defeated Douglas, 9-8, on Tuesday, was forced to forfeit that victory to the Tigers for violating a pitcher-utilization rule.

NIAA rules limit pitchers to 11 innings in any four-day period.

South Tahoe’s Ryan Cullen pitched seven innings against the Tigers to earn the apparent victory Tuesday. He had pitched five innings against Wooster on Saturday, however, meaning the Vikings were in violation of the rule when Cullen pitched in the seventh inning.

South Tahoe coach Doug Russell was under the impression that the rule applied to any four-day period between Sunday and Saturday.

“I’m disappointed in myself,” Russell told the Tahoe Daily Tribune. “I’ve let the team down, the school down and have no one to blame but myself. As a head coach, I need to make sure I’m familiar with the particulars of league rules.”

With the forfeit and the win over the Buckaroos, Douglas improved to 2-3 in Northern 4A play heading into a doubleheader at Galena today.

The Tigers got on the board with two runs in the third inning against Lowry.

They then tied the game with four more runs in the fourth as Austin Graham knocked in two runs with a triple, Crawford tripled and scored in the fourth and Rich French had an RBI single.

Douglas added six runs in the sixth. Kyle Wentz picked up two RBI with a single, Shane Cauley had a triple that scored a run and Jordan Ovard singled in a run.

The Tigers put away the game with five runs in the seventh by taking advantage of two Lowry errors and three hit batters.

“We were really aggressive in the six and seventh innings,” said Bendure, whose team stole seven bases in the game. “And then their mistakes started opening things up for us.”

Wentz finished the game 3-for-5 with three RBI. Cauley was 2-for-3 with one RBI and a triple. Graham was 1-for-3 with three RBI.

On Tuesday, the Tigers scored seven runs in the bottom of the first inning against the Vikings to take a 7-2 lead. Jared Silveira and Crawford each knocked in two runs in the first and Wentz and Ovard each collected one RBI.

The Tigers committed three errors in the fifth inning, allowing South Tahoe to score five runs and get back in the game.