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11-year-olds roll, advance to title game
by Aaron Retherford
Jul 10, 2011 | 1151 views | 0 0 comments | 4 4 recommendations | email to a friend | print
With four straight 10-run mercy rule victories under their belts, the Spanish Springs 11-year-old Cal Ripken All-Stars were looking for a fifth as the double elimination bracket began to decide who would be Nevada’s representative at the regional tournament.

After dominating round-robin play, it was no surprise Spanish Springs advanced to today’s championship with another double-digit victory.

Spanish Springs has now won its five state match-ups by a 76-2 margin following its 10-0 win over Silver State Sunday at Eagle Canyon Park.

Colton Forman and Chase Martin led Spanish Springs’ eight-hit attack. Both went a perfect 2-for-2 at the plate. Forman scored two runs, including the fifth to cap Spanish Springs’ five-run rally in the bottom of the first. Forman scored when Martin’s single to right field squirted away from the defense.

Prior to that, Derek Mannens ignited the rally with a bloop single to shallow right-center field.

Dawson Martin belted a fly ball to center field that was misplayed, allowing the game’s first run to score and he made it all the way to third.

Tanner Smith was hit by a pitch and Chris Samir’s ground ball to second ended with Dawson Martin scoring.

Mickey Coyne smoked a double just inside the third-base line that rolled all the way to the fence, plating the third run.

Coyne made it 4-0 when he touched home thanks to Chase Martin’s single. Forman also scored on the play.

Spanish Springs pushed across two more runs in the second inning on the same wild pitch. Dawson Martin sprinted home from third, but Samir was able to rumble all the way around from second when the throw from the Silver State catcher got past the pitcher.

A three-run rally in the third made it a 10-0 ballgame in favor of the home team.

Back-to-back base hits by Forman and Chase Martin opened the inning.

Following a strikeout and the inning’s first out, Logan Cox launched a line drive over the left fielder’s head for a two-run double. Cox advanced to third on a wild pitch and came home on an RBI groundout by Nick Frankoski.

Samir pitched the first three innings for Spanish Springs, keeping Silver State off the board, so the hosts had the opportunity to end the game early.

But once Dawson Smith came on in relief, it got a little dicey.

The first Silver State batter of the fourth popped out, but then Eric Mason smashed a ball to dead center field that hopped over the fence for a ground-rule double.

A passed ball moved Mason up to third, but he was caught off the base too far and was tagged out later when Mike Stoddard hit a hard grounder to third.

Stoddard reached safely on the fielder’s choice.

While it looked like Silver State lost its only chance to stay alive in the game, a single by Josh Meyers and a walk to Tavian Dayton loaded the bases.

But Dawson Smith struck out the final batter looking and Spanish Springs clinched its berth in the state championship game tonight at 8 p.m.

Silver State will have a chance to reach the title bout if it can get by Fallon at 5:30 p.m., but whoever wins that contest will have to knock off Spanish Springs twice to win state.
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