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Spanish Springs squeezes past Douglas, 1-0
by Aaron Retherford
May 07, 2013 | 1406 views | 0 0 comments | 12 12 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Tribune photo by Garrett Valenzuela -- Spanish Springs' Gehrig Parks drops down what proved to be the game-winning squeeze bunt in a 1-0 win over Douglas.
Tribune photo by Garrett Valenzuela -- Spanish Springs' Gehrig Parks drops down what proved to be the game-winning squeeze bunt in a 1-0 win over Douglas.
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Tribune photo by Garrett Valenzuela -- Spanish Springs shortstop Matt Mannens guns out a Douglas runner at first base Tuesday.
Tribune photo by Garrett Valenzuela -- Spanish Springs shortstop Matt Mannens guns out a Douglas runner at first base Tuesday.
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With the way Tuesday’s playoff opener between Douglas and Spanish Springs was going, the game was going to come down to one run. When it comes to one-run games, the Cougars are known for one play -- the suicide squeeze.

Spanish Springs had a runner on third with one out in the bottom of the fifth after pitcher Nikk Audenried ripped a double to the opposite field in right. He scooted over to third on a bang-bang play when a wild pitch didn’t’ squirt that far away from the catcher.

Then No. 9 hitter Gehrig Parks did his job, dropping down a bunt back to the pitcher, leaving no play at the plate as Audenried scored the game’s only run.

“Just another can of corn game,” SSHS baseball coach Ben Hofmann quipped after the 1-0 win that took all but an hour and 20 minutes. “Good starting pitching. Hitting, we weren’t real good there. We played solid defense and you win 1-0.”

Spanish Springs recorded its first hit of the game off Douglas pitcher Nolan Weintz in the bottom of the third on a slow roller to second base by Kenny Semenko.

The Cougars managed four hits off Weintz. Matt Mannens also doubled in the fifth inning, but he was stranded on second base.

“I think their guy was really good. Nolan has had great stuff all year,” Hofmann said. “He’s really good, and he’s got a bright future.”

Weintz took the complete game loss, allowing the one run on four hits, while striking out five.

Audenried was just as effective on the mound for the Cougars.

Douglas’ only threat came in the top of the second inning. Dillon Lopez reached on an infield single and Cale Kynett went opposite field down the left-field line for a double, putting two runners in scoring position with one out.

Audenried induced back-to-back infield groundouts that failed to bring in a run.

“They matched zeroes until the fifth. Nikk was outstanding, maybe his best game of the year,” Hofmann said. “He’s been our No. 1 guy all year. He’s been a horse on the mound. He was at 96 or 98 pitches, and he would have gone out three more innings. He wants to throw tomorrow.”

Audenried went the distance in the three-hitter. Like Weintz, Audenried did not issue a walk. He finished with four strikeouts.

Spanish Springs (23-9) is scheduled to host No. 3 seed Reno Wednesday at 4 p.m.

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