Two big innings boost Tigers past Panthers
Two big innings proved to be the difference Wednesday afternoon when the Douglas Tigers rolled to a 19-7 Northern 4A baseball victory against North Valleys in Reno.
Douglas (2-2 conference, 5-4 overall) scored nine runs in the fourth inning and 10 more runs in the sixth inning to win the make-up of a game that had been rained out on Tuesday. The win enabled the Tigers to complete a sweep of the two-game series.
Five Tigers connected for doubles in the game and nine players contributed base hits. The Tigers outhit the Panthers, 13-6.
Haydn Brown hit 2-for-4 with four RBI, a double and two runs scored. Ayden Murphy was 2-for-4 with three runs scored and two RBI.
Jayden Foster went 2-for-4 with a double and one RBI. Riley Wilkinson was 2-for-4 with three runs scored and one RBI. Isaiah Schat was 1-for-2 with three runs scored. Spencer Trivitt hit 1-for-5 with three RBI. Kindel Isham was 1-for-4 with two RBI and Hunter Simpson 1-for-1 with one RBI.
Down 1-0 to start the fourth inning, the Tigers started their game-turning rally when Foster, Wilkinson and Murphy hit successive singles. Schat walked to load the bases, Simpson singled one run home, Kindel Isham walked to force home another run and Trivitt followed with a two-run double into left field. Haden Keller and Brown also hit RBI singles in the inning.
North Valleys scored five runs in the fifth inning to pull within 9-6, however, the Tigers answered with a 10-run outburst in the top of the sixth. Brown, Foster and Murphy contributed doubles to highlight the rally.
Simpson started on the mound and pitched four innings to earn credit for the win. The senior right-hander allowed five runs (four earned) on three hits with three strikeouts and three walks. Jeremy Aleman pitched the final two innings and allowed two unearned runs on three hits.
Douglas returns to action on Saturday with an 11 a.m. conference contest at Spanish Springs.