Spanish Springs went scoreless in the first inning, but then burst open for 12 runs over the next three frames and instituted the 10-run mercy rule with a 12-1 triumph over Silver State.
Spanish Springs starting pitcher Chris Samir led off the top of the second and helped his cause by singling on a high chopper off home plate. He eventually scored the game’s first run on a wild pitch.
With one out, Chase Martin reached on the first of four Silver State errors in the game. Mickey Coyne followed by finding the gap in right-center field for a double.
Two batters later, CJ Hires went down and got a low pitch, sending a shot opposite field, driving in both runners with a two-bagger.
Spanish Springs built on its 3-0 edge with a four-run third inning.
Derek Mannens initiated the rally with a soft liner over the Silver State second baseman for a single. After a groundout moved him over to third base, a wild pitch allowed him to scamper home.
With one out, Colton Forman singled and stole second base. Samir drove home Forman with a hot shot to right field.
Samir was thrown out at the plate on Tanner Smith’s grounder back to the pitcher, but Smith reached on the fielder’s choice. He later came home thanks to a wild pitch.
After Martin walked, Silver State had to go to its bullpen.
Coyne crushed his second double of the game, welcoming Mike Stoddard to the mound by driving in Martin for a 7-0 lead.
Spanish Springs sent up nine batters for the second straight inning when the hosts of the state tourney pushed across five runs in the fourth.
Logan Cox opened the inning with a line drive single to left field. Mannens reached base when Silver State couldn’t come up with his flyball to right field.
Back-to-back wild pitches enabled Cox and Mannens to come home safely for a 9-0 advantage.
Consecutive base on balls to Forman and Samir set the table for Smith, whose seeing-eye single through the hole between shortstop and third base knocked in a pair of runs.
Two batters later, pinch hitter Noah Denson’s single plated Smith and increased Spanish Springs’ lead to 12-0.
Samir pitched the first three innings of the game for Spanish Springs, giving up just an infield hit. Silver State couldn’t get the ball out of the infield against Samir.
Silver State had more luck against reliever Dawson Martin. Martin took over mound duties to start the bottom of the fourth, immediately giving up an infield hit to River Rehmann. A throwing error on the play allowed Rehmann to move into scoring position.
Logan Rumbaugh bombed a shot to deep center field. While he only ended up on first with a single, his drive drove in Rehmann from second base for the team’s lone run of the contest.
Spanish Springs played Fallon in the night game Friday night as part of round-robin play, but details were unavailable by press time. Spanish Springs re-plays those two teams today for seeding purposes for the double-elimination bracket.
The winner of the double-elimination bracket earns a berth to the regional tournament in Beaver, Utah on July 24.
Spanish Springs will play Fallon today at 10 a.m. and Silver State at 3 p.m. All games will be held at Eagle Canyon Park in Spanish Springs.
The 9-year-old All-Stars begin their state tournament today also at Eagle Canyon Park. Spanish Springs takes on Fallon at 12:30 p.m. and Silver State at 3 p.m.