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Tigers wrap up second

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Now, it begins for real.

The Douglas High School baseball team wrapped up second place in the Class 4A Northern Zone with a doubleheader sweep of visiting Sparks, 9-4 and 12-7, Saturday.

The Tigers finished 19-5 in league and in a tie with Reno – two games behind the league champion Carson Senators – but earned the No. 2 seed into the playoffs by virtue of their regular-season sweep of the Huskies.

They will face Lowry, the No. 7 seed, Thursday at 4 p.m. at Carson High School in the first round of the playoffs.

If the Tigers win, they would play the winner of the Reno-Reed game at 7 p.m. Friday at Carson in the winner’s bracket semifinals. If they lose, they would have to battle through the loser’s bracket and win four games – starting with games Friday at 1 p.m. and Saturday at 1 p.m. – to advance to the May 16 final and earn a berth in the state tournament.

If the Tigers win their first two games, they are done for the week and would resume the playoffs with a winner’s bracket semifinal game May 15 at 1 p.m. at Peccole Field (University of Nevada).

Brady Ovard picked up a complete-game win in game one Saturday, giving up just five hits and one walk while striking out eight Railroaders. Sparks scored one run in the first and fifth innings and two in the sixth.

Douglas scored three runs in the first and third innings, one in the fourth and two in the fifth.

Tom Joyner and Matt Tretton each had two hits and two RBIs, and Trent Tholen had a double and two RBIs.

Beau Kruger, Tretton and Kenny Nicoll also had a double, and Nicoll also had an RBI. Ovard, Steve O’Brien and Chad Cooke also had a hit.

Justin Ray earned the win in game two as the Tigers rallied from a 7-2 deficit by scoring 10 runs in the fourth and fifth innings combined.

Ray gave up five hits and two walks while striking out seven batters. Bruce Jacobsen had a double, Beau Kruger a triple and Dave Jones a home run.

Nate Muren had a hit and three RBIs and Nicoll added two hits and two RBIs. Also, Joel Kruger had two hits, and T.J. Bond and Clint Moreira had a hit.

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