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Tigers softball team busy in Vegas

by Chuck Smock, Sports editor

The 13th annual Fred Davison Memorial Tournament, hosted this week by Clark High School in Las Vegas, was supposed to be the first part of a two-step tuneup for the Douglas softball team.

The Tigers, who will finish the week by playing in a tournament at Reed High, had hoped to use the busy week to get ready for the five games remaining in the final two weeks of the Northern 4A Conference regular season.

But when three starters suffered injuries and illnesses that prevented them from making the trip south, the Tigers had only 10 players to battle with in the competitive 44-team Las Vegas tournament.

The Tigers split their first two games Monday. San Diego’s Eastlake High scored four runs in its half of the sixth inning to pull out an 8-7 win over the Tigers.

Cheryl Nicoll hit a home run, Michelle Roza and Jen McCrosky each had triples and Lindsey Rollins had a double against Eastlake.

Douglas rebounded with a 14-6 win over Mammoth, Calif., Monday afternoon. The Tigers blew the game open with eight runs on eight hits in the second inning.

Jodi Gonzales, who pitched all 14 innings Monday, earned the victory in the second game.

On Tuesday morning, the Tigers dropped a 14-12 decision to Las Vegas High. The game was tied 10-10 when the time limit expired, forcing a tie-breaker format in which each team started the next inning with runners on second and third.

The highlight for the Tigers against Las Vegas was the execution of a triple play in the first inning. With the bases loaded, right fielder Baudelia Ceballos caught a fly ball and then threw to home, where catcher Mika Carr erased the runner who had tried to tag up and score from third. Carr then fired to Michelle Roza at third base to gun down a runner trying to advance from second.

“These kids are playing real spirited ball,” DHS coach Ken Carr said in a telephone interview from Las Vegas Tuesday afternoon. “I’m real proud of them. The kids have really bonded together.

“I knew they were disappointed when they found out three starters were not going make the trip, but this is really going to pay some dividends next weekend at the Reed tournament. They’re seeing some really good teams down here. I think that’s giving them confidence. They’re really coming together.”

First baseman Hillary Moreira, catcher Ashley Coleman and pitcher Tarrah Kizer didn’t make the trip to Las Vegas.

On Saturday, Elko scored 12 runs in the top of the seventh inning to pull out an 18-8 win over Douglas in the first game of a doubleheader at DHS.

The Tigers rebounded behind Kizer’s pitching to win the second game.

Douglas took charge of the second game early by scoring 12 runs in the first three innings. Cheryl Nicoll and Mika Carr delivered two-run doubles back-to-back to spark a five-run second inning rally.

That was more than enough support for Kizer, who allowed six hits over five innings. The freshman struck out five and walked two.