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Cougars cruise over Wooster; Reed falls at Manogue
by Dan Eckles
May 05, 2011 | 1400 views | 0 0 comments | 3 3 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Tribune photo by John Byrne - SSHS senior right-hander Kaytlin Ripa picked up a win in the circle for the Cougars Thursday.
Tribune photo by John Byrne - SSHS senior right-hander Kaytlin Ripa picked up a win in the circle for the Cougars Thursday.
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The Spanish Springs softball team just keeps racking up wins. Thursday’s 4-0 home win over Wooster wasn’t its most impressive of the spring season, but it was another ‘W.’

The Cougars stayed perfect in league play (14-0) and improved to 26-2 overall by beating the Colts in a conference clash.

Spanish Springs scored three runs in the bottom of the first and seemingly put it in cruise control as it added just one more run the rest of the way. Stellar pitching and an unblemished defensive effort were more than enough to propel the local club to victory.

“We didn’t have a very good approach at the plate,” Spanish Springs coach Jeff Davidson said. “We hit a lot of pop flies. So, in the wind and hitting the ball up, not too many good things happen. But, defensively, we played well and we got good pitching.”

Spanish Springs ace right-hander Danica Arterburn worked the first three innings in the circle and retired all nine Colts she faced, all by strikeout. Her senior teammate, Kaytlin Ripa, came on in the fourth and finished up. Ripa wound up getting the pitching win. She allowed two hits, the only two WHS baserunners on the day while whiffing two without issuing a walk in the four-inning stint.

In the first, Cougars leadoff hitter, Bella Rovens got down an infield single and moved to second on a sacrifice bunt by Dani smith. Rovens scored on an Arterburn double. Sydney Darby walked and Arterburn scored soon after on a passed ball. Brette Lawrence capped the three-run rally by plating Sidney Sinclair, Darby’s courtesy runner.

The only other scoring offense on the day came when Arterburn walked in the fifth and Darby hammered an RBI triple deep down the left-field line.

Spanish Springs wraps up its regular season with a doubleheader Saturday at Hug. First pitch of Game 1 is slated for 10 a.m.

- Bishop Manogue 2, Reed 1 -

It took nine innings to decide a Northern 4A crossover league game between two of the better teams in the state. In the end, Manogue pushed across a run in the bottom of the ninth to hand its guests from Reed a frustrating defeat.

The host Miners scored an unearned run in the first inning. The 1-0 edge stayed in place until the fourth when Reed pulled into a 1-1 deadlock.

Destinee Levesque singled and her courtesy runner, Hannah Martini, scored after a wild pitch and an RBI single by Andi Lee.

Reed only even got one other runner to second base on the day. That came in the ninth with one out, but she was left stranded.

Reed’s offensive struggles were a direct result of Manogue’s Megan Dortch hurling a gem. The Miners senior struck out 14 Raiders in a complete-game victory. She did walk seven, but limited Reed to five hits.

Levesque took the tough-luck pitching loss for Reed. She struck out 11 Miners and did not walk one while allowing only four hits.

“I’m not sure if we’re still reeling from the Spanish Springs series or what,” Reed coach Jon Wunder said, alluding to his team’s three straight losses to the cross-town rival Cougars last week. “I do know I wasn’t happy with our approach in this game from the players or coaches. I have looked back and asked myself if I prepared us well enough.

“We’re dealing with a little adversity right now and it’s probably not a good time with the playoffs coming up. We need to have a short-term memory, get back after it tomorrow in practice and be ready to go Saturday.”

Reed (19-9, 10-4) finishes its regular season with a High Desert League doubleheader at home Saturday against McQueen. The twin bill begins at 10 a.m.

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