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Tigers split pair with Hawks

Staff reports

Darren Muren pitched well enough to win most Northern 4A baseball games on Saturday afternoon.

All the Douglas High School junior right-hander did was allow two runs (one earned), scatter seven hits over seven innings and register a season-high total of 12 strikeouts. Unfortunately for Muren and the Tigers, Hug’s Josh Beauchamp threw a shutout to give the Hawks a 2-0 victory and a split of their doubleheader at Douglas.

Douglas won the opener, 10-5, behind three hits from Jordan Ovard, including a big home run to lead off the sixth inning.

With the split, Douglas now stands 4-3 in conference (12-3 overall). Hug is 4-2.

Pitching dominated the second game, as Beauchamp gave himself an 18th birthday present to remember by throwing a four-hitter to go with seven strikeouts and one walk.

“We hit the ball a lot better in the first game, but you have to give their pitcher credit. He has a good slider and his offspeed stuff kept us off balance,” Douglas coach Fred Bendure said.

“I thought Darren threw real well, too. He threw well enough to win; this just happened to be one of those games.”

Douglas had opportunities in the second game, but left eight runners stranded on the bases – and left runners in scoring position in the fourth, sixth and seventh innings.

The Tigers banged out eight extra-base hits on their way to victory in game one.

Ovard hit three-for-four with a home run and double from the leadoff spot. Johnny Mannelly was two-for-three with a double and two RBI, Shane Cauley hit two-for-three with two doubles and two RBI, Andrew Andrews was two-for-three, Austin Graham was one-for-two with a double and two RBI and Ryan Haltom one-for-three with a double and one RBI.

Douglas scored three runs in the first inning, thanks to a sacrifice fly by Graham and then back-to-back doubles from Haltom and Cauley.

Hug scored three runs in the top of the sixth to pull within 7-5, but the Tigers answered with three runs of their own in the bottom half of the inning.

Ovard homered over the left field fence to lead off the inning, then Mannelly and Graham followed with back-to-back doubles.

“Jordan’s home run was big,” Bendure said. “It was a good hit. He hit it hard.”

The Tigers will play host to South Tahoe on Thursday at 3:30 p.m., and will travel to Reno High for a doubleheader with the undefeated Huskies on Saturday.