Tigers to meet Senators Thursday night
Bring on the Senators.
The Douglas High School baseball team, 8-2 in league and one game behind the co-leaders, will play at Carson in a 7 p.m. Thursday night special. Carson is tied with Fallon atop the Class 4A Northern Zone standings with a record of 9-1.
The Tigers had hoped to go into Thursday’s game in a three-way tie for first, but they lost the second game of a doubleheader Saturday to Reed. Douglas won the first game, 3-1, on the heels of an outstanding, complete-game pitching performance by Trent Tholen. The visiting Raiders started fast and finished strong in the second game and stole a 7-4 victory.
Douglas was in this same position last year. It started the season 7-1 and in a tie for first place (like it was heading into Saturday’s doubleheader), but went 9-7 down the stretch and fell to fifth. Will the same thing happen again this year?
Brady Ovard, who has gone the distance and picked up the win in his last two outings, may start on the mound Thursday.
Reed scored its only run of the first game Saturday in the top of the first inning when Arick Dickson hit an RBI-triple with no outs. Tholen responded and stopped the damage by getting two strikeouts and a ground out to first. Tholen finished with a masterful three-hitter and six strikeouts.
Douglas scored all three of its runs in the bottom half of the first.
Brady Ovard and Steve O’Brien singled and doubled, respectively, to start the rally. Bruce Jacobsen and Beau Kruger drove in the runs on groundouts. Dave Jones capped the inning with a monster home run over the fence in left field.
Reed broke a 3-all tie in the fifth inning of game two when Chris Wiskerchen hit a two-run homer to left-center and Ken Riley follwed with another homer. Both blasts came with two outs.
Douglas scored three of its runs in the third.
O’Brien reached on a fielder’s choice to start the rally and Bruce Jacobsen hit a single to build the momentum. Marc Garcia drove in one run with a single and two more runs scored when Kruger’s slow roller was thrown away.
Jacobsen went 2-for-3 from the right side of the plate in game one and the same from the left side in game two.
Jones also had a double in both the first and second game. Joyner had one hit in game one and Tretton had one hit in game two. Douglas had seven hits in both games.
Justin Ray started the second game for Douglas, but was relieved by Steve Henricksen in the third inning. Adam Bill pitched the seventh.
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