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Tigers softball team drops to 6th place in conference standings

by Chuck Smock

Losing both games of a doubleheader to McQueen on Saturday wasn’t exactly how DHS coach Julie Baker wanted to enter the last week of the regular season.

But the first-year coach wasn’t looking for excuses after her squad was shut out twice, 8-0 and 4-0, in being swept for the first time this season.

“Everyone wanted to blame it on prom (Friday night), but I didn’t see that as much of a factor as other people did,” Baker said. “We just weren’t all there for some reason. We got down and we could never get ourselves back up. They tried and tried, but they just couldn’t do it.”

The Tigers, who have played nearly flawless defense this season, committed eight errors in the two games.

McQueen’s first five batters singled in succession to start the first game. The Tigers managed only two hits in that contest. Rosie Contri and Kimmy Gitthens were the only Douglas players to collect a hit.

Douglas finished with six hits in the second game, and McQueen had three errors, but the Tigers still couldn’t push a run across the plate.

“I don’t know what the deal was, we just could not get anything going,” Baker said.

Tomasa Kizer reached third base in the first inning, but was stranded there. She was 2-for-4 in the game.

Brooke Kizer, Hillary Moreira, Jeannette Holt and Gitthens each had one hit for Douglas.

Saturday’s losses dropped Douglas (15-7) into sixth place in the conference standings. They’ll finish the regular season with a home doubleheader against Wooster (15-4 as of Saturday) on Saturday.

On Friday afternoon, Douglas ripped Fallon, 8-0.

Lori Shephard pitched seven innings, striking out eight and allowing no walks.

Rebecca Rippee was 3-for-5 against the Greenwave. Tomasa Kizer was 2-for-4 with two RBI; Contri was 2-for-4 with an RBI double; Brooke Kizer had two hits and two RBI; Moreira was 2-for-5 with a double; and Cathy Mauzey was 2-for-3.