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Sp. Springs 11-year-old All-Stars dominate round-robin action
by Aaron Retherford
Jul 09, 2011 | 1324 views | 0 0 comments | 8 8 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Outscoring two opponents by a 66-2 margin in four games to earn the top seed for bracket play certainly makes a team the odds-on favorite to win the tournament.

That’s exactly what the Spanish Springs 11-year-old Cal Ripken Baseball All-Stars did the past two days.

Spanish Springs capped an undefeated run through round-robin action with a pair of lopsided wins Saturday.

“We’re playing real well offensively and defensively. I‘m real pleased,” Spanish Springs manager Wayne Smith said. “This is their third year together, so they play real well together. I would be disappointed if they didn’t play well.”

In the team’s second game of the day, starting pitcher Mickey Coyne flew under the radar while the offense was lighting up the scoreboard again. Part of it was because he spent very little time on the mound.

Coyne needed just 32 pitches to finish off a no-hitter in Spanish Springs’ 14-0 victory over Silver State.

Silver State put two base runners on board in the four-inning game, one on a swinging third strike as the pitch went to the backstop and the other on an infield error. Coyne faced one batter over the minimum.

On the flip side, it took Spanish Springs just two batters to put on two base runners. In the top of the first, Spanish Springs’ first five batters reached base and all five scored.

However, that was just the half of it.

After Silver State recorded back-to-back outs, the next five Spanish Springs hitters got on and and they all scored as part of the 10-run rally in the first.

Spanish Springs did that damage with just five hits. Leadoff man Derek Mannens had two singles and came around to score twice in the first. Dawson Martin also scored twice in the inning. He ripped a pitch at his eyes, sending it to the fence in left-center field for a two-run double.

Three batters into the inning, Tanner Smith dropped a two-run bomb. Logan Cox also drove in a pair of runs with a ground ball single past the shortstop.

Spanish Springs added a run in the second on Colton Forman’s RBI infield single.

Chris Samir’s drive off the base of the fence in left-center field drove in a run in the third for a 12-0 edge.

Spanish Springs didn’t need it but the local squad added two more runs in the fourth on an RBI double to deep center field by Cox and an RBI single down the left-field line by Nick Frankoski for the final 14-0 margin.

Spanish Springs started off the day with a 16-1 rout of Fallon in the morning game.

Three different players had three hits in the mercy-rule shortened contest that ended after five innings.

A day after belting out two doubles in the opener of the first day of state, Coyne blasted a pair of doubles in the first game of Day 2. He also had a single.

Martin rapped out two singles and a double, while CJ Hires had a trio of singles.

Samir was a perfect 2-for-2 at the plate with a double and single. He was also hit by two pitches.

Frankoski added two hits in the romp.

Spanish Springs pushed across three runs in the first inning, but went scoreless in the second frame before blowing the game open with a four-run third inning.

In the fourth, the visitors padded their lead with a run, but were unstoppable in the fifth, unleashing an eight-run rally.

Spanish Springs went 4-0 in round-robin play to earn the top seed for the double-elimination bracket that starts today.

“I think it’s important (to get the No. 1 seed). It’s a possibility of playing one less game in the long run,” Smith said. “So it helps out pitching wise. Although we have plenty, it still helps.”

At 12:30 p.m., the No. 1 seed will take on the winner of Fallon-Silver State at Eagle Canyon Park in Spanish Springs.

The championship game is on Monday at 8 p.m. There is a possibility for an ‘if’ game on Tuesday at 6 p.m.
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