Tigers remain in control of their own destiny
NORTHERN 4A STANDINGS
Reno 13-3 .813 -
Sp. Springs 13-3 .813 -
Galena 12-4 .750 1
Damonte 10-6 .625 3
Manogue 9-7 .563 4
McQueen 9-7 .563 4
Wooster 8-8 .500 4
Douglas 7-9 .438 6
Reed 7-9 .438 6
Carson 7-9 .438 6
No. Valleys 2-14 .125 8
Hug 0-16 .000 13
Damonte Ranch 13-11, Douglas 7-1
Carson 1-5, Manogue 8-4
Reno 11-14, Reed 1-0
Galena 8-9, Wooster 7-8
Spanish Springs 9-13, North Valleys 1-6
McQueen 16-20, Hug 1-1
With six games left on its regular season schedule, the Douglas High baseball team remains in control of its own destiny. The Tigers just have some catching up to do in the Northern 4A race after dropping both ends of a doubleheader Saturday at Damonte Ranch, 13-7 and 11-1.
A four-run rally in the fourth inning lifted Damonte Ranch to a come-from-behind win in game one. The Mustangs scored four runs in the fifth inning to end game two on the 10-run rule.
Douglas (7-9 league, 10-11 overall), with a six-game losing streak, dropped into a three-way tie for eighth-place in the conference standings with Wooster and Carson. The top eight finishers advance to the region tournament on May 9-13.
Douglas open a two-game series at home against Wooster on Tuesday and the two teams are scheduled to play Thursday in Reno. The Tigers host third-place Galena for an 11 a.m. doubleheader on Saturday, then close out their regular season against rival Carson, May 3 at 3:45 p.m. in Minden and May 4 in Carson City.
Douglas took a 6-3 lead to the bottom of the fourth, only to see Damonte Ranch (10-6, 13-11) come back to take a lead it never relinquished.
Douglas scored once in the top of the fourth and was in position to do more damage. After loading the bases on three straight walks to start the inning, Haydn Brown drove one run home on a single to center field. After the Mustangs turned an infield double play, Douglas loaded the bases again before a line drive was caught at shortstop to retire the side.
Damonte Ranch turned three double plays in the game, in the first, second and fourth innings.
Douglas scored three runs in the first inning. Kindel Isham led off with a line drive single and scored on Jayden Foster’s double. Brown walked. Tristan Futch reached on an infield single to load the bases, Foster scored on an error and Spencer Trivitt hit an RBI single to make it 3-0.
The Tigers added one more run in the seventh when Haden Keller hit a lead off home run over the left field fence.
Riley Wilkinson went 2-for-3 to lead the Tigers’ nine-hit attack. Douglas received 11 walks in the game.
Damonte Ranch took a 2-0 lead in the first inning, added three more runs in the second and two runs in the third to take a 7-1 lead.
Jacob Bercovich triggered the Mustangs’ three-run second inning rally when he hit a leadoff home run.
Damonte Ranch ended the game with four runs in the fifth inning, capped by a two-run double by Jerry Thomas.
Brown, Keller and Futch accounted for the Tigers’ three hits.
Caden Hultberg hit 3-for-3 with three RBI to help lead Douglas to an 8-3 victory in the second game to salvage a split of its doubleheader. In game one, Damonte Ranch scored six runs on just one hit in the third inning on its way to a 7-5 win.
Hultberg put Douglas on top in game two when he delivered an RBI single in the second inning for a 1-0 lead and then he singled another run home to in the fourth to put the Tigers on top, 2-1.
Douglas pulled away with six runs in the fifth inning. Elijah Lyons and Dario Watroba reached base when they were hit by pitches to ignite the rally. Camden Brown followed with an RBI double and Zak Korzeniewski tripled two runs to extend the Tigers’ lead to 5-1. Jonathan Antti doubled and Hultberg drove in one run with an infield single.
In game one, Hultberg scored to give Douglas a 1-0 lead in the third, only to see Damonte Ranch answer with six runs in the bottom half of the inning. The Mustangs were aided in their big rally by three walks and three errors
Evan Simpson hit 2-for-3 and Brown drove in three runs with a double in the seventh inning to lead the Tigers offensively.