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Tigers win Silver Bracket title

by Chuck Smock

The Douglas softball team will jump into the Northern 4A Conference season with four games in three days, starting Thursday with a home game against South Tahoe.

The Tigers tuned up for league play in what head coach Ken Carr called a “softball marathon” on Saturday in the Hug Tournament. Snow on Friday forced the entire tournament to be played in one day. When the final out was recorded, the Tigers walked off with the Silver Bracket championship and five game’s worth of experience.

“I didn’t expect to play five games in one day, but it was a really good outing for the girls,” said Carr, whose team was 3-2 in the tournament. “The Tigers played real well. I was real proud of them.”

Douglas beat host Hug High, 8-2, in its fifth game of the day to win the Silver Bracket trophy. The Tigers trailed by two runs early, but rallied back with four runs in the fourth inning and four more in the seventh to beat the Hawks.

Cheryl Nicoll was two-for-four with two RBI against Hug. Lindsey Rollins was two-for-two, while Jeannette Holt, Jennifer McCrosky, Jodi Gonzales, Tarrah Kizer and Kristy Olsen each knocked in one run.

Gonzales and Kizer combined on a four-hitter in the final game. Gonzales pitched four innings, allowing two runs on three hits with four strikeouts and no walks. Kizer tossed three innings of one-hit ball. She struck out two and didn’t walk a batter.

Carr said players throughout the lineup made big plays throughout the day Saturday. He added that his seniors played key roles in getting a relatively young squad through five games with no breaks in between.

“I think it comes down to good, solid leadership,” the coach said. “We have three solid, senior leaders in Hillary Moreira, Jennifer McCrosky and Jeannette Holt. They’re all very solid ballplayers and they lead by example. I think that had a lot to do with the softball marathon they went through Saturday.”

The Tigers pounded out 11 hits in a 5-0 win over Portola in the first game of the tournament. McCrosky, Rollins and Nicoll each collected two hits. Devon Bateman belted a three-run home run in the sixth inning.

Gonzales tossed a no-hitter in the win over Portola. She struck out six and walked four in six innings.

Sparks beat Douglas, 6-2, in the second game. The Railroaders took advantage of several defensive breakdowns by the Tigers and scored all of their runs in the fifth inning.

The Tigers committed five errors against Sparks. They made only two errors in their other four games in the tournament.

Holt was three-for-three, Rollins was two-for-four and Bateman had the Tigers’ only extra-base hit against the Railroaders.

Douglas managed only four hits while losing to Reno in the third game.

The Tigers responded to their back-to-back losses with an 11-0 win over Truckee. Kizer was three-for-three with a home run and four RBI to lead Douglas’ 15-hit outburst. Tasha McCann and McCrosky both were two-for-three with two RBI. Allie Walling, Nicoll and Bateman also had two hits apiece. Rollins knocked in two runs.

“All in all, other than the one inning against Sparks, our defense was solid,” Carr said. “And, for as many games as they played throughout the day, the pitching was strong.

“When the hitting came through, we won the game. I think it was a good way to start the season. We had a lot of game situations, which is invaluable going into league play this week.”

Following Thursday’s home game with South Tahoe, the Tigers will play host to Hug High on Friday and will play a doubleheader at Fallon on Saturday.