Spanish Springs rolled over the Carondelet Cougars, 10-0, in four innings to secure one of the four spots in the championship gold bracket by winning its pool.
“I think we had four or five home runs today that would be out of any park including ours,” SSHS softball coach Jeff Davidson said. “We had a bunch of triples. Today we executed all three aspects of the game. We got good pitching. We didn’t make an error in all three games and we hit. When you can execute all three areas of the game, you’re going to be successful, and we were today.”
The Purple and White only had six hits against the all-girls Catholic School from Concord, Calif., but when it made contact, the ball went very, very far.
Spanish Springs sent 10 batters to the plate in the first inning and tallied five runs thanks to a bases-clearing, three-run triple by Myrissa Prince and a two-run blast by Kayla Arterburn, her second homer of the day.
In the bottom of the second, Kelsie Merritt and Brette Lawrence led off the inning with walks. Then, freshman Ally Batastini launched a towering shot down the left-field line for a two-run triple. Batastini later scored to make it an 8-0 ballgame on a Bayley Broadwater RBI groundout.
Sidney Sinclair sent everyone home early thanks to her rocket to center field with the bases loaded, sending two runners home to score and institute the 10-run mercy rule.
Arterburn was the lone Spanish Springs player to have more than one hit in the game.
Lawrence pitched four innings to pick up her second win of the day, allowing three hits, while striking out two and walking none.
In the first game of the day, Spanish Springs’ bats came out hot, rapping out 11 hits in an 11-0 win over Douglas.
Dani Smith got the Cougars started with a leadoff triple. She scored on a Lawrence grounder to second base.
Spanish Springs went scoreless in the second inning but pushed across four runs in the third inning and six in the fourth.
Broadwater hasn’t had many at-bats this season, but she made the most of them Friday. Against the Tigers, she belted a pair of home runs and drove in four runs.
Arterburn also circled the sacks on a two-run shot.
Smith and Batastini recorded two hits, and Prince added an RBI in the win.
Lawrence pitched all four innings in her three-hitter.
In the second game of the day, Spanish Springs’ bats were quieter. The Cougars hit too many balls in the air early on, but they got timely hits when it mattered to secure a 7-3 victory over Fernley.
Leading the way again was Broadwater, who crushed the first pitch she saw during her third-inning at-bat and cleared the loaded bases with an inside-the-park home run. That gave her three home runs and eight RBI during the first two games of the tournament. She finished the day with nine RBI.
The grand slam capped a six-run rally in the top of the third for the Cougs, giving the local squad a 6-1 lead.
The Vaqueros got on the board first in the opening inning. Cheyenne Brewer led off the bottom of the first with a single off Batastini. Brewer eventually scored on a wild pitch.
Trailing 6-1, Fernley made it a 6-3 game in the bottom of the fourth when Brooke Mattice and Kelsie Callahan ripped an RBI triple and RBI single in succession.
Spanish Springs added its final run in the top of the fifth. Sadye Roulund tattooed a run-scoring triple to dead center field.
Fernley out-hit Spanish Springs 5-4 in the game, but pitcher Hayley Mull walked six batters and hit two others to help the Cougar offense.
Batastini threw the first four innings to pick up the pitching win, while Lawrence tossed a scoreless fifth frame.
Spanish Springs (16-4) opens gold bracket play today at 11 a.m. and needs two wins to take home the title.
“It’s great to be able to play in the winners’ bracket. The team was very focused today, and I’m hoping they come out tomorrow with the same focus and intensity,” Davidson said.