Tigers to face tough test in Reed tourney
Another tough challenge awaits the Douglas High softball team in its opening game today at the Reed Spring Break Tournament in Sparks.
Douglas (4-4-1 overall, 2-1 conference) will play three round robin games today at Shadow Mountain Sports Complex. The Reed High School-hosted tournament finishes with bracket play on Saturday.
The Tigers open at noon against Reno (2-1), followed by a 2 p.m. contest against Northern California power Alhambra (Martinez, Calif.) and a 5 p.m. game against Yerington.
Reno features two returning first-team all-conference pitchers, seniors Morgan Eisele and Christie Betket.
“They return some pretty good pitching so we are going to have to get the bats going,” Douglas coach Rob Parks said of the Reno Huskies.
The Alhambra Bulldogs are the two-time defending CIF North Coast Section Division II champions and only lost one senior from a 2015 team that went 27-3 in 2015. Karlee Sparacino, Briana Perez and Cara DiMercurio are returning all-East Bay Area selections. Perez, who hit .608 with 14 home runs and a .721 on-base percentage in 2015, has committed to play at UCLA after she graduates in 2017.
The Yerington Lions, 4-0 so far this season behind the pitching tandem of Macaella Martinez and Sarah Sam, compiled a 22-13 record in 2015 and finished third at the Division III state tournament.
Douglas is coming off a Northern Division I doubleheader sweep against Hug last Saturday. The Tigers opened their season against formidable Southern California and Las Vegas at the Bishop Gorman tournament.