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You don’t want to face any of these guys

by Joey Crandall, Sports Editor

They put up scores you’d expect from a team full of home run hitters, but the Douglas High varsity baseball team has been primarily getting it done with the small ball this season.

The Tigers (18-2) are averaging 10.65 runs per game, manufacturing their production with time-tested and underrated tools like the sacrifice and the stolen base.

As a team, Douglas is batting .366 with three players over .400 and eight of nine in their everyday lineup batting over .300.

The Tigers have scored 213 runs with 23 home runs, 45 doubles and 35 triples.

“It’s pretty simple,” Douglas coach John Glover said. “Our first thing is to be aggressive at the plate.

“With that being said, we look to hit to the situations the game presents.”

Douglas has scored more than 10 runs in 12 of its games and has ended six of its games early due to the 10-run mercy rule.

“We’ve been getting great hitting through the lineup, one through nine,” Douglas shortstop Luke Rippee said earlier in the season.

“It’s not just one guy, the whole lineup is doing a great job.”

Glover said the philosophy is simple but that his players have made it fly.

“It’s just the kids,” Glover said. “We don’t swing the bats for them. We can only tell them what we know and then they have to apply it.

“They have done a good job up to a certain point of listening and taking that. They are just good athletes.

“We don’t try to get too complex. We just tell them to be solid hitters and to be a tough out.”

Aside from solid production from the every day batters, Douglas has received strong contribution from its bench in Cory Hartzell, Kyle Luken, Brian Brady, Tyson Estes, Ross Ridley and Brian Webb.

Douglas plays host to Reno in a doubleheader beginning at 10 a.m. Saturday at Tiger Field.