Instead, the Cougars settled for a 5-1 home victory in prep softball action, staying undefeated in Northern 4A league softball action.
“We had a few chances to break the game open. We just hit the ball too hard sometimes and it went right at people,” SSHS softball coach Jeff Davidson said. “We had a few lined shots to left field and a couple hard hits to shortstop. Today they were caught, but eventually they will fall in. We just couldn’t bust open the game today.”
Cougars leadoff hitter Bella Rovens started her 3-for-4 performance with a single in the first. She stole second, went to third on a groundout and scored thanks to a wild pitch for a 1-0 lead after one inning.
Of Spanish Springs’ five runs, only three were driven in, while two came on wild pitches.
In the bottom of the second, Brette Lawrence singled up the middle. Three batters later, No. 9 hitter Kaytlin Ripa doubled down the third-base line, knocking in Lawrence, increasing the lead to 2-0.
Ripa was responsible for Spanish Springs’ lone fourth-inning run. Her sacrifice fly to left field plated Lawrence again, who had reached base on an error at first.
However, like the second inning, the Cougars stranded two runners. Spanish Springs left two runners on base in half of its offensive innings for a total of seven in the game.
The Purple and Silver didn’t leave anyone on base in the fifth, but did have a runner thrown out at the plate for the final out. Still, the home team added two runs in the inning on a wild pitch and Lawrence’s RBI triple down the left-field line that rolled all the way to the fence. Lawrence and Dani Smith were the only other Cougars with more than one hit in the game. Smith had two singles.
Spanish Springs led 5-0 after five innings and Danica Arterburn was on her way to dealing the Tigers a shutout. Clean-up hitter Jenna Geyer had other ideas in the top of the sixth.
After Kelly Sonneman dropped a one-out single into shallow center field, Geyer launched a bomb to left-center field. Geyer ended up on second with an RBI double, her second hit of the game and the only Tiger with multiple base hits off Arterburn.
Arterburn scattered five hits while going the distance for the complete game. She struck out eight and walked one.
Spanish Springs (10-2, 5-0 in Northern 4A) is at home Saturday. The High Desert League doubleheader with Reno begins at 10 a.m.