MINDEN, Nev., March 10, 2015 — The Douglas High School baseball team found itself staring down an 8-1 deficit heading into the bottom of the fourth Tuesday afternoon in Minden and responded with an impressive comeback against Damonte Ranch.
In the end, Douglas managed to load the bases with two outs in the bottom of the seventh before Damonte was able to shut the door on a 10-8 win.
Kaleb Foster drove in three runs to lead the Tigers at the plate while Haden Keller added two RBIs in the loss.
The Tigers got standout relief appearances from Isaiah Schat, Tanner Valenzuela and Zach Davies. Ben Penwell gave up only one earned run in the start but costly errors behind him helped five unearned runs across, forcing an early exit.
Facing the 8-1 deficit, Keller hit a two-run double, Tomas Leitenbauer singled a run home and Foster flied to deep center to bring home a run and cut the score to 8-5.
Damonte added a run in the fifth to go up 9-5 but Douglas responded in the sixth, loading the bases with one out. Foster singled to score a run but the Mustangs got out of the jam with a fielder’s choice out at home and a fly out to end the inning.
The Mustangs added an unearned run in the top of the seventh to go up 10-6.
Douglas led off the bottom half drawing a pair of walks. They later set up with runners on first and third with two outs after a fielder’s choice and a strikeout. Keller drew a walk to load the bases and Leitenbauer drew yet another walk to bring a run home. Foster drew the fifth walk of the frame, scoring another run and keeping the bases loaded with the score set at 10-8.
Damonte ended the game on a strikeout on the following at-bat.
Leitenbauer and Blake Murray each collected two hits, and Logan Fencl added a double.
Carson Valley Times contributing photographer Ron Harpin sent in the photos below from the game. You can view more of Ron’s work, or purchase digital downloads or prints at http://www.rahphotosnv.com.
Correction: Haden Keller was originally credited with a single in the bottom of the fourth. It was, in reality, a two-run double.
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