Tigers turn back Raiders, 8-6
Haydn Brown blasted a two-run homer in the sixth inning Tuesday afternoon to help put the Douglas Tigers on track to an 8-6 Northern 4A conference baseball victory against Reed in Sparks.
Brown’s homer extended the lead to 8-4 and then the Tigers held on for an important win on a day when they only collected four hits.
The win was significant since Douglas (4-3, 7-5 overall) was playing for the first time in 10 days — a 10-9 walkoff decision at Spanish Springs on March 25. This one didn’t get away.
Hunter Simpson pitched six-plus innings before he departed when Jon Pinto led off the bottom of the seventh inning with a home run over the center field fence to make it 8-6. Jayden Foster came on to pitch and set down two batters on a fly out and groundout to Kindel Isham at shortstop, then closed out the game with a strikeout to earn credit for the save.
Simpson allowed six runs (two earned) on seven hits to go with five strikeouts and two walks to pick up the win.
Haden Keller hit 1-for-2 with a triple in the third inning and scored three runs for the Tigers.
Douglas scored three runs in the first inning without the benefit of a hit and then stretched its lead 5-0 in the third.
Reed (3-4, 6-11 overall) finished with seven hits, led by Lincoln Turner and Pinto with two each. The Raiders have lost six times this season in games decided by two runs or less.
The two teams conclude their two-game series Thursday at 3:45 p.m. at Tiger Field in Minden. The Tigers are scheduled to play a 2 p.m. contest at Hug, weather allowing.
Reed’s Quin Tremaine pitched six innings of two-hit ball to prevail in a pitching duel as the Reed Raiders posted a 4-0 victory at Douglas on Tuesday afternoon.
Elijah Hinojosa pitched the seven-inning distance for Douglas, allowed four runs (all earned) on only four hits to go with nine strikeouts and one walk.
Tremaine finished with nine strikeouts and no walks. Isaacson Tecson faced four batters in the bottom of the seventh inning to close out the game.
Austin Grant and Dario Watroba accounted for the two Douglas hits. Grant hit a one-out double to left field in the first inning and Watroba singled in the sixth.
Tremaine helped his own cause with the bat as he hit 2-for-3 with one RBI for the Raiders, who scored twice in the second inning and added two more runs in the third.