In the top half of the sixth innin,g the Purple and Silver erased a 3-2 Manogue lead with a pair of runs to seize a 4-3 edge. Taking their turn at the dish in the bottom of the frame, the Miners responded in a big way as they posted 11 runs to take a 14-4 mercy-rule shortened victory.
“Honestly, we just had one bad inning,” Spanish Springs coach Ben Hofmann said. “I don’t know what it was. We were up going into that inning and then we just had a meltdown inning. That happens sometimes in baseball I guess. We didn’t play the ball very well and kicked a couple and they absolutely took advantage of it.”
A leadoff walk to Devonte German set the table for Kyle Pruneau to spark the rally as he sent a bomb to center field for a two-run homer, giving BMHS a 5-4 advantage. From there it all unraveled for Spanish Springs as the Miners poured it on to enforce the 10-run mercy rule.
A hit batter ended the day for Spanish Springs starter Nikk Audenried, but reliever Lucas Jones couldn’t stop the bleeding.
A bunt single along with an error on a pickoff attempt put Manogue runners on second and third. Logan Howard then doubled home a pair for a 7-4 Miners lead. A walk and a passed ball once again set the Miners up with runners in scoring position. This time a single from Alec West scored one before a sacrifice fly plated another to push the margin to 9-4, ending Jones’ short appearance.
Cougars’ reliever Anthony Tiscareno then attempted to get SSHS out of the inning, but he too had no such luck.
A single by Matt Farthing made the score 10-4. An error combined with a passed ball once again put runners at second and third before Pruneau plated both with a double to push the lead to 12-4. A single and hit batsman then loaded the bases for Manogue before Jacob Snow ended the contest with a two-RBI shot to the right field wall.
To start the contest, the Miners grabbed a 2-0 lead in the first inning with a two-run homer off the bat of German before adding another run in the third for a 3-0 edge. Spanish Springs answered with a pair in the top of the fourth as Vinny Agliolo, Chase Hauder and Hunter Pinto all doubled. The Cougars then took the lead with two more runs in the top half of the sixth.
Jake Haley led off with a single followed by a slicing double to right field from Pinto. A sac fly from Audenried then scored Haley before an error plated Pinto for the 4-3 lead.
Pinto led the Cougars’ effort at the dish with a 2-for-3 day, doubling twice along with scoring a run and posting an RBI.
Although Spanish Springs (9-4, 5-3) suffered a tough loss, Hofmann said his team will need to immediately put the defeat behind them.
“They have to understand that in baseball, there’s a game the next day,” he said. “We can’t dwell on this. It was a bad loss for us and it hurt and we can play better than this, but at the end of the day we get to play tomorrow. With that said, we can’t let it have a lingering affect.”
The Cougars will look to shake the loss as they host Wooster Thursday at 3:45 p.m.