In one of the longest games of the year, Douglas High baseball kept its season alive by the skin of its teeth. A 12-inning game originally went into extra innings tied at 6-all. In the top of the 12th, the Cougars scored the go-ahead run. However Spanish Springs’ lead was short lived as Gabe Natividad drove in the game-winning runs in walk-off fashion in the bottom of the frame. To start the inning, Jeffrey Peters was hit by a pitch and Owen Evans reached on an error. With those two on, Thomas Young singled into shallow left field and loaded the bases. A fielder’s choice on the next at-bat left the Tigers down to their final out. Natividad grounded the ball to short, scoring Evans. A throwing error by Spanish Springs allowed Young to come around from second to win the contest. Douglas will be back on its home field Friday for a 1 p.m. start against No. 3 Bishop Manogue. The winner of that contest will play Galena in the consolation finals at 4 p.m., for a spot in the state tournament. Reno blanked the Grizzlies, 10-0, Thursday in the regional semifinal.
(Gavin Davis makes a diving catch in the outfield in the Tigers' 7-6 win over 12 innings against Spanish Springs. Douglas will host Bishop Manogue tomorrow with the winner moving into the consolation finals. / Ron Harpin)
Around the statbook Ashton Davenport and Young had three-hit performances with Davenport getting credit for two RBIs. Natividad and Carson Hill both recorded multi-hit games as well. Tasked with the bulk of extra innings, James Hubbard threw 5.2 innings without allowing a hit and striking out nine. With the bases loaded in the top of the 12th, Natividad got the final out on a groundout to shortstop Carter Bleeker. Keegan Snooks had six strikeouts in six innings with four earned runs allowed on five hits and two walks.