Tigers to take on Carson
Will the third time be a charm?
The Douglas High School baseball team survived and advanced through the early rounds of the Class 4A Northern Zone tourney last weekend with two victories.
Now, it gets to play Carson with a berth in the state tournament on the line.
Douglas beat Lowry, 9-6, in a first-round game Friday and Reed, 8-1, in a winner’s bracket semifinal Saturday. The Tigers will face the Senators, who they have not defeated in two games this season and in nine games over the last four years, in the winner’s bracket final Friday at 1 p.m. at Peccole Field on the University of Nevada campus.
If the Tigers win Friday, they will earn an automatic berth into the state tournament, scheduled for May 21-23 at Moana Stadium in Reno, with their seed to be determined Saturday.
If the Tigers lose, they will have to come back and win the loser’s bracket final to earn a spot in the state tourney. The loser’s bracket final is set for 4 p.m. on Friday.
The zone championship and seeding game(s) are scheduled for Saturday beginning at 10 a.m. at UNR.
Beau Kruger’s three-run home run in the bottom of the sixth inning proved to be the difference in the Tigers’ win over Lowry. The Tigers came into the at-bat trailing 6-5 after the Buckaroos scored twice in the top half of the inning.
The rally started when lead-off hitter Brady Ovard reached after he was hit by a pitch. An out later, Bruce Jacobsen also reached after being hit by a pitch.
With runners at first and second, Tom Joyner hit an RBI-single to tie the game. Kruger then cleared the bases and drove in what would prove to be the game-winning runs with his homer.
Trent Tholen picked up the win, giving up seven hits and five walks while striking out two over six innings of work. Justin Ray earned the save.
Beau Kruger finished 2-for-4 with four RBIs. Joel Kruger, who had a triple, Steve O’Brien and Kenny Nicoll all added one hit and one RBI. Matt Tretton also had a hit.
Brady Ovard pitched a complete-game Saturday, giving up three hits and four walks while striking out six.
Reed took an early lead with one run in the top of the first inning, but the Tigers took control of the game by scoring four runs in the second and two runs in the fourth. Douglas added a run in the fifth and sixth innings.
Nicoll had two doubles in two at-bats. Ovard added two hits and two RBIs and Bruce Jacobsen added two hits, including a double.
Tholen had a solo homer in one at-bat and O’Brien had one hit and three RBIs. Beau Kruger, Dave Jones and Tretton all had one hit.
Reed and Reno, who will face each other in an elimination game Friday at 10 a.m., are also still in the tournament.
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