The Cougars posted a pair of first-inning runs and were never threatened.
That's because Spanish Springs right-hander Danica Arterburn fired a perfect game in the circle. She struck out 11 Colts in the five-inning tournament tilt.
"She moved the ball in and out, up and down and hit her spots," Spanish Springs coach Jeff Davidson said. "She only went to three balls on one hitter. She was ahead in the count most of the time. When you do that, it helps you be successful."
Leading 3-0 after four innings, Spanish Springs blew the game open and put the ‘seven-run margin after five innings mercy rule’ into effect with a four-run fifth inning. Arterburn, a senior, crushed a solo homer in the outburst while her sister, freshman Kayla Arterburn, rapped out an RBI double in the rally. Sophomore Brett Lawrence chipped in a two-run double in the big inning.
"We started off well. Then we popped up some, and in the second and third innings, we were not as aggressive as we should've been," Davidson said. "Then we refocused and hit a lot of balls hard on the ground. I tell the kids when we hit the ball hard and down, you give yourself a chance at the end. We did and then we put some stuff together."
Spanish Springs plays Oakmont and Pleasant Grove in tourney tilts at 5 p.m. and 6:45 p.m. today.
It wasn't the head coaching debut that Reed softball coach Jon Wunder had hoped for but he and his Raiders won't have to wait long to try and bounce back.
Reed lost its season opener 5-4 to Galena at the Hiram Johnson preseason tournament in Sacramento Thursday evening. The Raiders, who were missing four varsity players, all sophomores, due to proficiency testing, will try to rebound from the defeat today when it gets two more pool play games in the weekend tournament, facing Del Campo of suburban sacramento at 3:15 p.m. and Rodriguez of Fairfield at 6:45 p.m.
"We'll have to step up and play," Wunder said. "We learned a lot from this game. We'll be fully staffed tomorrow and go back at it."
Trailing 1-0 in the bottom of the third, Galena took control by roughing up Raiders ace Destinee Levesque. The GHS crew tagged Levesque, who has committed to play her college softball for Fresno State, for four runs and five hits in the big inning.
"Destinee just wasn't hitting her spots," Wunder said. "It was a long drive down here. We played our first true game of the year. She was a little rusty. She went deep into counts."
Reed took a 1-0 lead in the top of third after Kyndal Comphel singled and scored after a Megan Dettling sacrifice bunt and a Cori Gammon single.
Reed trimmed the margin to 4-2 with a single run in the fifth only to see Galena push the margin back to three runs, 5-2, with a run of its own in the bottom of the inning.
The Raiders didn't go down without a fight. The RHS club tacked on two more runs in the top of the seventh.
Hannah Martini singled and stole second. She scored when Comphel reached on an error and Comphel scored later in the frame on another Grizzlies error.
Levesque lasted just two and a third innings in the circle for Reed. Raiders junior Shivaun Landeros came on in relief in the third and kept Reed in contention the rest of the way. Landeros worked four and two thirds innings, giving up just two hits and one run the rest of the way.