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Spanish Springs 9-year-olds pick up 2 wins at state
by Aaron Retherford
Jul 09, 2011 | 1324 views | 0 0 comments | 9 9 recommendations | email to a friend | print
On Day 1 of the state tournament, the Spanish Springs 9-year-old Cal Ripken Baseball All-Stars accomplished the same feat as their 11-year-old counterparts. Although they didn’t dominate at the plate as much, they dominated where it counted — on the scoreboard.

Spanish Springs opened the state tournament with a 15-5 triumph over Fallon in four innings and followed that up with a 7-0 win over Silver State to sit at 2-0 after the first half of round-robin action.

In its first game of the day, Spanish Springs didn’t have to do much to institute the 10-run mercy rule.

Spanish Springs put up three runs in the bottom of the first on a wild pitch and a two-run single by Zach White, grabbing a 3-0 lead after one inning of play.

However, Fallon answered right back with five runs in the top of the second, grabbing its only lead of the game, 5-3. Jevon Brooks had an RBI single in the rally, but the other four runs came home on a wild pitch, error, passed ball and Nate Galusha’s RBI fielder’s choice.

But that just meant Spanish Springs could start its comeback trail.

The home team tied the game at 5-5 with a two-run second inning, scoring on an error and a run-scoring fielder’s choice by Austin Huffman.

Spanish Springs took the lead for good in the bottom of the third.

With one out, a hit batsman, walk and another hit batsman loaded the bases for Spanish Springs.

A run scored on Jacob Galletti’s fielder’s choice. After a wild pitch allowed Alex Van Dyne to come home for an 8-5 lead, Mark Ripa singled in a run just over the shortstop’s head. Ripa scored all the way from second thanks to two throwing errors on the same play, pushing the edge to 10-5.

Spanish Springs needed five runs in the bottom of the fourth frame to end the game early. They got them while utilizing only one base hit.

An error enabled Hoffman to reach base to start the inning. Then four straight base on balls forced in two runs, increasing the advantage to 12-5

Galletti followed with a two-run single, getting the hosts within one run of ending the game. An error reloaded the bases, and Andrew McCabe drew a game-ending walk to force in the team’s 15th run.

Spanish Springs only managed five hits in the game, but drew 11 walks and was hit by three pitches.

Spanish Springs went right back to work against Silver State, which was a 14-13 winner over Fallon in the morning contest.

Galletti and Mason Whittaker combined on a three-hit shutout in Spanish Springs’ 7-0 decision over Silver State.

Spanish Springs got all the offense it would need in the first and second innings and not much happened after that.

Spanish Springs opened the bottom of the first with a Tyler Eastland double. He scored the game’s first run on a passed ball and the home team got three of its four runs in the first inning in that manner. White also knocked in a run with a single.

In the bottom of the second, Spanish Springs added its final three runs.

Galletti pitched the first four innings and picked up the win on the mound. He struck out six and allowed the three hits.

Whittaker took over mound duties in the fifth, striking out the side in his first inning of relief work. He finished with four punchouts in his two hitless innings.

For Silver State, Colby Preston had two of the team’s three hits.

Spanish Springs concludes round-robin play today with a 10 a.m. clash versus Silver State and a 3 p.m. contest against Fallon.

The single-elimination bracket begins Monday with the championship concluding action at 6 p.m.
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