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Spanish Springs 9-year-olds split, earn top seed
by Aaron Retherford
Jul 10, 2011 | 1435 views | 0 0 comments | 6 6 recommendations | email to a friend | print
The Spanish Springs 9-year-old Cal Ripken Baseball All-Stars had already clinched the top seed for bracket play, but they wanted to end round-robin action with a 4-0 record.

Instead, their momentum train heading into the single-elimination bracket was derailed by Fallon in the final game of the day at Eagle Canyon Park in Spanish Springs.

In what looked more like a lopsided football score, Fallon ran past Spanish Springs and kept on running to a 20-3 victory.

Sixteen of those runs came in the final two innings, dragging on an already long day for the kids.

Fallon put up four runs in the first four innings of play without needing a hit. That was the story of the day.

Spanish Springs pitchers only allowed nine hits, but walked 15 batters and hit two more. The defense didn’t do the team any favors either, committing a half dozen errors.

Fallon recorded their first hits of the game in a seven-run fifth inning.

Nate Galusha had a two-run single and Reile Cole added an RBI single. The remaining runs scored on walks, errors or wild pitches.

Fallon enjoyed an 11-1 lead after the top of the fifth and were poised to end the game early if it kept Spanish Springs scoreless in the bottom half of the inning.

However, Spanish Springs didn’t go quietly. Tyler Eastland ripped a line drive over the center fielder, driving in Andrew McCabe and Mark Ripa, who had walked and singled to lead off the inning. Eastland ended up with a double, the last of his team’s three hits in the game.

Unfortunately for fans wanting to go home, Fallon had no plans of settling for an eight-run victory.

Eleven Fallon hitters went to the plate in between the first and second outs of the top of the sixth and the visiting team added nine more runs to its total.

Of the 14 Fallon batters that stepped into the batter’s box during the rally, only four of them recorded base hits. Two of them were big ones though.

Galusha and Shaw Lee connected on consecutive two-run singles. Dylan Wallace also had a run-scoring single.

It wasn’t a total loss of a day for Spanish Springs, although it had a bad ending.

Spanish Springs picked up its second mercy-rule victory of the tournament when it took down Silver State 12-1 in five innings in the morning game Sunday.

The visiting team on the scoreboard, Spanish Springs out-hit its opponent 13-5.

Pitcher Austin Hoffman helped his cause with an RBI single in the first and his team never trailed in the game. Hoffman pitched three scoreless innings to earn the win on the mound.

Spanish Springs posted a two spot on the board in the top of the second. The big blow came on Eastland’s home run, giving Spanish Springs a 3-0 edge.

Back-to-back singles by Mason Whittaker and Zach White with one out set the table for Spanish Springs’ two-run rally in the third. Consecutive walks with the bases loaded pushed those runs across.

Spanish Springs started to make a mercy-rule shortened game look like a reality with four runs in the fourth frame.

A bases-loaded walk made it a 6-0 game, and Alex Van Dyne cleared the bases with a three-run double, increasing the lead to 9-0.

Silver State finally got on the board in the bottom of the fourth with a lone run off White, who relieved Hoffman.

However, a three-run fifth by Spanish Springs, capped by White’s RBI single, instituted the 10-run rule.

Spanish Springs earned the top seed for the single-elimination bracket, which means it automatically plays in the championship game at 6 p.m. tonight. The winner of the Fallon-Silver State game at 3:30 p.m. will be Spanish Springs’ opponent.
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