The Cougars got off to another habitual slow start but scored five runs in the sixth inning to send everyone home early via the 10-run mercy rule.
Malcolm Anderson was one out away from pitching a complete game. He went 5 2-3 innings on the mound for the home team, allowing just two hits. He struck out seven.
“It was slow-starting, but I noticed some positive things out there today,” SSHS baseball coach Ben Hofmann said. “One of our guys got his first hit today, Taylor McBroom, so that was nice. Malcolm threw very well, and I thought we played good defense.”
Spanish Springs initiated the scoring in the bottom of the second inning when Kendall Murphy stole home.
The Panthers were able to tie it up at 1-1 in their half of the third, but Spanish Springs took the lead for good with a single run in the bottom of the third on Tanner Oates’ RBI groundout.
Tim Epker helped the Cougars forge ahead 6-1 after they scored two runs in both the fourth and fifth frames. Epker had a run-scoring triple in the fourth and a two-run single in the fifth. He also ended the game, capping his four-RBI performance with a sacrifice fly in the sixth that plated the 11th run.
Also in the sixth, Kendall Murphy drove in a pair of runs with a single. An error allowed a couple more Cougars to come home in the big inning.
Spanish Springs (10-0, 5-0 in Northern 4A) will finish off its High Desert League season series with the Panthers at NVHS Wednesday, but it will first have to travel to Galena today for a 3:45 p.m. clash
Reed 16, Wooster 14
The Raiders built a big lead and then had to come back to earn Northern 4A donnybrook victory on the road at Wooster Monday.
Reed went up 7-1, but watched the home team score eight unanswered runs to take a 9-7 advantage.
The Colts went up by as much as 11-8, but that’s when the Raiders fought back.
Reed took a 12-11 edge and then added three more insurance runs to go up 15-11. Reed coach Ray Charles said Tanner Parris, Ryan Butler and Connor Cox all had good days at the plate. Parris had a triple.
“We got down but we fought back and fought back,” Charles said after splitting the series. “We kind of sustained it after that. Spencer Jones came in and shut them down. I was pretty excited about his performance. We played some decent defense too.”
Reed (4-6, 2-3) heads to Damonte Ranch today. First pitch is scheduled for 3:45 p.m.