“It’s a great feeling. The kids are excited. Everyone is 0-0 in the playoffs. All the records go out the window. It’s a refreshing feeling, an exciting time and we’re ready to go,” said first-year head coach Alex Duhaime.
The Tigers played its opening round series May 3 at Luella, losing 2-0 and ending their season.
Douglas finished the season with a 9-16 overall record, 5-10 in the region.
While they were unable to pull off a winning record, Duhaime said his team pushed through the tough times and made some good things happen at the end of the regular season, winning two of their last three series, making them the fourth seed.
“We started off kind of slow. We had some ups and down but we were able to overcome adversities with injuries and mediocre at-bat play. We figured out how to get some victories down the stretch,” Duhaime said.
The key players for Douglas County this season have been junior Tyler Arnold, senior Connor Moroney and sophomore Logan Tillem.
Arnold plays shortstop and has a batting average of .264. Duhaime said he has played “great defensively” for the team.
Moroney plays second and third base, outfield and pitches. He has a batting average of .320 and Duhaime said he is an asset to the team as he hits cleanup. Tillem pitches and plays centerfield with a .440 batting average.
“He’s been the guy to produce a lot of our runs. He’s tough to pitch to…They’re all key on offense,” said Duhaime.
The Tigers played Luella in a non-region matchup on Feb. 27, ending in a 12-0 loss for Douglas County.
“We made a lot of mistakes. We know what to expect and can focus and have a plan,” Duhaime said last week before the May 3 matchup.
In order to win the series and move on to round two Duhaime said his team would have to hit and pitch well.
“We can’t elevate our pitches and we have to be able to manufacture some runs. We can’t give them extra outs. They will take advantage of that,” he said.