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SSHS baseball wins series opener against Wooster
by Dan Eckles
May 03, 2011 | 761 views | 0 0 comments | 5 5 recommendations | email to a friend | print
The Spanish Springs Cougars had little trouble in taming the Wooster Colts Tuesday afternoon. The SSHS nine scored in each of their four offensive innings and buried Wooster, 13-3 in a Northern 4A league home victory.

Spanish Springs held a slim 4-3 lead when it came up for its turn in the bottom of the third inning. That’s when the hosts blew the game open, pushing across five runs. Wooster did not score again and Spanish Springs tacked on four more runs in the bottom of the fourth, putting the 10-run mercy rule into effect after five innings.

“I felt really good about today,” Spanish Springs coach Ben Hofmann said after watching his team rap out 14 hits. “It’s been a while since we were able to put a team away. We were able to add runs each inning. That was important for us. We had good at-bats. We’ve been working the last week or two on taking better approaches. Tonight we saw lot of good approaches, a lot of balls hit to right field hard. That was positive.”

Wooster got a run in the top of the first to grab a quick 1-0 edge but that advantage was short-lived. Spanish Springs answered with two runs in the bottom of the inning and did not trail again.

Kendall Murphy ripped a two-run double to account for the Cougars’ first-inning damage.

In the second inning, Cade Rogers walked and Tanner Oates bashed a two-run homer, making the scoreboard read 4-2 in Spanish Springs’ favor.

After Wooster got its third and final run in the top of the third, the Spanish Springs offense put together its big five-run rally. Malcolm Anderson and Kyle Clark singled to initiate the outburst. A sacrifice bunt moved both runners up. Shane Lawson hit a ball into center field that dropped for an error and allowed Anderson to score. Jake Bray followed with a two-run double. Oates walked and then Murphy roped his second two-run double of the day to cap the inning’s scoring.

Spanish Springs extended its edge to double digits and led the game finishing ending early thanks to a four-run fourth. Clark singled and Rogers walked. An RBI single by Bray plated Rogers. A sacrifice fly by Chase Kittilsen scored a run and a Wooster error allowed the Cougars’ fourth run of the frame to come around to score.

Anderson picked up the five-inning complete-game victory on the hill for Spanish Springs. He gave up the three runs, only two of which were earned. He scattered four Colts hits in a four-strikeout, three-walk outing.

“He didn’t have his best stuff,” Hofmann said. “Even he came in and said ‘I can’t find it.’ But, he was maybe effectively wild. He has really good movement but sometimes can’t control it. Maybe that was the case today. But when they got swings on it, we were able to make plays behind him. Even without his best stuff he battled.”

Spanish Springs wraps up its short two-game league series against Wooster today at 3:45 at WHS. The Cougars then conclude their regular season with single conference clashes against McQueen Thursday and Friday. The game Friday will be at Aces Ballpark at 4 p.m.

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