The SSHS gang had shut down Carson on the CHS campus, but it could not close out the final two innings, getting saddled with a 4-3 tournament loss.
Carson erased a 3-0 Spanish Springs lead with four unearned runs in the bottom of the sixth inning Wednesday night.
With one out, Senators No. 8 hitter Cody Schmidlin reached on an error in right field and Casey Wolfe followed with a single. A walk to leadoff hitter TJ Thomsen saturated the sacks for the hosts.
Dom Norton hit a sacrifice fly to get Carson within two runs, 3-1, but that left two outs. Gehrig Tucker drew a walk to force in another run and trim the Cougars' led to 3-2. Next, CHS cleanup hitter Luke Maher hit a deep fly ball to right field that was dropped for a second error in the inning. That allowed Thomsen and Tucker to circle the sacks and forge Carson on top 4-3.
The two teams were scoreless through four innings. Spanish Springs pushed across all three of its runs in the fifth. Alex Moreno reached on a fielder's choice. With two outs, Shannon Kelly singled. Both scored later in the frame on a Matt Mannens single. Mannens proceeded to steal second base and he came plateward on a Kenny Semenko single.
Spanish Springs outhit Carson 6-2, but was done in by the two costly errors in right field.
Nikk Audenreid got the start for Spanish Springs and worked five one-hit innings, striking out six and walking one. Hunter Pinto took the tough-luck loss for the Cougars. He was tagged with the four unearned runs despite giving up just one hit in two innings.
The tournament takes a day off Thursday and wraps up Friday. Spanish Springs (12-5) plays Douglas at 11 a.m. at home. The winner advances to meet Carson at 2 p.m., also at SSHS, in the tournament title tilt at 2 p.m.
Reed (12-9) dropped its second Wednesday tournament game to Douglas, 4-3, after beating South Tahoe 18-0 in five innings earlier in the day. Further details were unavailable.