The Railroaders committed a pair of errors in the bottom of the first inning, helping Elko post seven runs on the scoreboard. Sparks was unable to battle back from the seven-run hole, dropping the contest 13-3 in five innings.
Sparks didn’t help its own cause in the batter’s box either, unable to get the timely hit it needed to stay within striking distance. The Railroaders left the bases loaded in two separate innings and managed just three hits in the contest.
“Elko’s pitcher stifled us,” Sparks coach Frank Avilla said. “It’s not that we didn’t hit her. It’s just one of those things where she kept us off balance and we weren’t getting solid hits.”
After the Indians posted the seven-spot in the first inning, with just three of the runs to cross the plate earned, Elko added another run in the second for an 8-0 edge.
Sparks managed to push home a pair of runs in the top of the third to bring the score to 8-2, but the Indians responded with two of their own in the bottom half of the frame for a 10-2 advantage.
Following a Railroaders run in the top of the fifth, Elko scored three runs in the bottom of the inning to enforce the 10-run mercy rule.
Sparks finished its spring campaign with a winning record of 14-13.
“We can continue to keep looking forward,” Avilla said. “These girls are dedicated. They worked hard and they’re going to continue to work hard through the summer. They’ve shown a desire to better the program at Sparks High. I’m proud of them. They’re definitely Sparks High Railroaders.”