Tigers finish 1-4 at Reed tournament
Deztiny Vaughan and Kettja Bennett provided quality pitching for the Douglas High softball team last weekend at the 34th annual Reed Spring Break Tournament. Against four top tier teams from their respective regions, however, the Tigers were unable to generate a lot of offensive support as they went 1-4 Friday and Saturday at Shadow Mountain Park in Sparks.
Douglas was shutout in three straight games on Friday — 1-0 against Alhambra (Martinez, Calif.), 3-0 against James Logan (Union City, Calif.) and 1-0 against Spanish Springs — then came back to split two games on Friday, including a 15-0 win against North Valleys and an 8-0 loss against Reed.
As it turned out, the four losses came at the hands of the tournament’s top four teams: Reed defeated Spanish Springs, 2-0, in the tournament’s Nevada bracket final and Alhambra defeated James Logan, 10-8, in the California bracket final on Saturday. Tournament director and Reed coach Jon Wunder explained that the separate brackets were created because California Interscholastic Federation rules limit teams to five games per tournament. Alhambra is the three-time defending CIF North Coast Section Division 2 champion, James Logan reigned as the 2013 North Coast section Division 1 champion and 2016 runner-up, Reed is the four-time defending Northern region champion and Spanish Springs is the reigning Nevada state large schools champion.
Bennett went 1-1 during the tournament, including a shutout win over North Valleys. Vaughan was 0-3, including those 1-0 losses against Alhambra (she threw a one-hitter) and Spanish Springs.
DOUGLAS 15, NORTH VALLEYS 0
Douglas exploded to score 14 runs in its final two at-bats to defeat North Valleys Saturday morning.
Douglas (4-14 overall, 2-4 conference) held a 1-0 lead through five innings before pulling away with five runs in the sixth and nine more runs in the seventh. Haley Doughty hit a two-run triple and Mackenzie Brixey followed with a two-run homer to make it 6-1. Chloie Pratt, Kylie Swan and Brixey hit doubles to highlight the Tigers’ seventh inning rally.
Nine players contributed to the Tigers’ 18-hit attack. Casey Peck, Bailey Walters and Doughty hit 3-for-4 to lead the way. Brixey, Bennett, Chloie Pratt added two hits each.
Bennett pitched a complete game four-hit shutout to earn credit for the win. The sophomore right-hander finished with two strikeouts and one walk.
REED 8, DOUGLAS 0
Allie Hughes slammed a first inning home run and Julia Jensen pitched a one-hit shutout as Reed blanked Douglas on Saturday.
Jensen, who allowed a total of three hits as she pitched back-to-back shutouts against Douglas the weekend before, set down the Tigers on 12 strikeouts and two walks in a game called in the fifth inning.
Pratt collected the only hit for Douglas, a two-out single in the fourth inning.
Jessica Sellers doubled to lead off the game and Hughes followed with a two-run homer to center field to ignite Reed’s four-run first inning rally against Vaughan. On Friday, Vaughan limited both Alhambra and Spanish Springs to one run.
Hughes hit 3-for-3 with three RBI for the four-time defending region tournament champion Raiders.
Jensen and Sellers have both signed to play softball for the University of Nevada.