Tigers keep title hopes alive
The Douglas High School baseball team is for real. The Tigers kept their title hopes alive Saturday with a doubleheader sweep of visiting Hug. They held on to win the first game, 6-4, and then rallied in classic fashion to win the second game, 7-4.
Douglas scored four runs in the bottom of the seventh inning in game two and won on Brady Ovard’s two-out, three-run homer. Ovard also went the distance on the mound, giving up just four hits and three walks while striking out five Hug batters. It was Ovard’s fourth straight complete-game effort, three of which he has won, and Douglas’ fourth victory this season in its final at-bat.
The Tigers jumped out to a 2-0 lead by scoring one run in each of the first two innings. Hug tied the game with two runs in the third and then took control with one run in the fifth and one more in the sixth.
Douglas pulled within 4-3 with one run in the fifth.
Douglas tied the game in the seventh when Steve O’Brien hit an RBI-double.
Also for Douglas in the second game, Nate Muren had a solo homer and Tom Joyner had a triple. Chad Cooke and Marc Garcia also had an RBI, and Clint Moriera also had a hit.
The Tigers jumped out to a 6-0 lead in the first game by scoring two runs in the first, three in the third and one in the fifth. Hug rallied for one run in the sixth and three in the seventh, but the Tigers held on for the victory.
Tom Joyner had two hits, including a double, and one RBI while Dave Jones and Marc Garcia each had one hit and two RBIs.
Adam Bill had a triple in one pinch-hit at-bat. Joel Kruger added two hits and Beau Kruger added one.
Trent Tholen picked up the win on the mound for the Tigers, improving to 4-0. He recorded five strikeouts. John Flagg pitched in the seventh inning.
Douglas will play host to Oakridge and El Dorado Hills in a pair of non-league games Saturday. It resumes league play Tuesday at South Tahoe.
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