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Softball Roundup: Spanish Springs sweeps, Sparks swept
by Tribune Staff
Apr 02, 2011 | 868 views | 0 0 comments | 5 5 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Spanish Springs brought its bats to the High Desert League softball doubleheader with Reno Saturday.

The Cougars swept the twin bill by lighting up the scoreboard en route to a pair of mercy-rule shortened affairs, 10-0 in six innings and 13-3 in five innings.

Senior pitcher Danica Arterburn ruled the day. The ace right-hander threw nine scoreless innings to pick up two pitching victories. She struck out 15 Huskies and walked four. Arterburn tossed a one-hitter in the opener and pitched the first three innings of Game 2 before handing the ball over to Kaytlin Ripa.

Arterburn also had a day at the plate. She finished the double dip 5-for-7.

She wasn’t the only Cougar scorching Reno pitching.

Senior Julianna Waller was 2-for-3 in both games with a pair of doubles.

In Game 2, the Cougars rapped out 16 hits. Along with Waller, Sidney Sinclair, Ripa and Kayla Arterburn each recorded two hits in the rout. Kayla Arterburn brought her power stroke, belting a double and triple in the two games. She also drove in two runs in the nightcap.

Bella Rovens had two RBIs in each game for four total. Sydney Darby knocked in two runs and had a double.

In each game, the Cougars ended the game early with one run in the bottom of the final innings. While the scoring was spread out through the innings during the opener, the Purple and Silver had a huge inning in Game 2, sending up 13 batters and scoring nine runs in the third frame.

Spanish Springs (12-2, 7-0 in Northern 4A) is off until Wednesday when it hosts Damonte Ranch at 3:45 p.m.

•Sparks didn’t have the same luck as Spanish Springs. The Railroaders had two Northern 3A crossover games versus Fernley and Dayton Saturday but both ended with mercy-rule losses.

Sparks lost the first game 21-1 to Fernley in five innings. Eight errors proved costly in the lopsided loss.

The Railroaders did get seven hits. Gabby Durante and Michelle Vega led the way with two hits apiece. Vega scored the lone run for the Maroon and Gold on Andrea Hermosillo’s single up the middle.

While the defense got better in the second game, committing two errors, Sparks only had one hit in a 13-0 five-inning loss to the Dust Devils.

Sparks fell to 0-5 on the year, but coach Frank Avilla said his pitching just needs more confidence and that will come with the experience of playing games.
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