The Sparks softball team improved to 4-0 this season Saturday, at Lovelock, with a 13-9 win over Carlin followed by a 9-1 win over Lovelock.
“The kids are doing well,” Sparks coach Frank Avilla said. “It’s something that we can build on, that we can grow on.”
In the first game, the Railroaders scored six runs in the first inning followed by a pair of runs in the second and third frames to build a 10-5 lead.
Sparks saw its lead shrink to 10-9 through six innings before putting three insurance tallies on the board.
“I’m not making any excuses for the kids, we got to a do a better job of, when we are playing teams, we have to keep our intensity up,” Avilla said. “We wandered a little bit. We lost our focus. But hey, they pulled the win out when they needed to.
“We did take a break for those (three innings) and those breaks almost came back to bite us.”
Sophomore Marissa Coleman, who also plays for Avilla on the basketball team, was a perfect 5-for-5 from the plate including a triple, an RBI and three runs scored.
Miranda Bush and Jocelyn Vasquez (who is also on the basketball team) both finished 4-for-5.
Vasquez was a standout in the second game as well, but this time she shined in the pitcher’s circle.
Vasquez went the distance allowing a lone run on five hits. The only run she gave up came in the first inning before throwing zeros on the board the rest of the way.
The Railroaders led 3-1 with two innings in the books. The 3-1 score held until the fifth inning when Sparks scored three times and added three more in the sixth to put the game out of reach.
Stephanie Miller was 3-for-4 at the dish, Miranda Busch was 2-for-3 with four RBI and Coleman continued to be a tough out finishing 1-for-2 and crossing the plate three times.
Avilla’s group will play its first home game of the season Tuesday against Portola. First pitch is at 4 p.m.
“Our focus was a lot better today than it was yesterday (double-header sweep at Hug) and hopefully it is the same way (Tuesday),” Avilla said. “Hopefully we continue to grow from each experience.”