The Spanish Springs 11-year-old All Stars posted a 7-0 triumph over Silver State in the state championship game at Eagle Canyon Park Monday night.
The Spanish Springs pitching stole the spotlight again in the title tilt. Chase Martin and Tanner Smith each threw three innings for the local club and combined on a one-hit shutout. Martin got the start on the hill. He did not give up a hit while tossing four strikeouts against two walks. Smith worked the three-inning relief stint, allowing the lone Silver State hit, while fanning two and walking one.
Silver State leadoff hitter River Rehmann had a sixth-inning single, for the home squad’s lone hit in defeat.
“The boys played really well,” Spanish Springs coach Wayne Smith said. “Our pitching has been outstanding through the whole tournament. We’ve given up two runs through 6 games.
“We’ve got a great defense so I’ve tried to get the kids to throw as many strikes as possible and give up as few walks as possible. When you do that, it makes it a lot easier and you stay out of tough situations.”
Spanish Springs had outscored its tournament opponents 76-2 in its previous five games. It did not get the same offensive fireworks Monday, but it got more than enough. Spanish Springs immediately put Silver State on its heels by pushing across a pair of first-inning runs.
Derek Mannens reached on an error, stole second and scored on a Dawson Martin sacrifice fly. Chris Samir scored later in the inning after he singled and came plateward following a stolen base and Tanner Smith RBI double.
Spanish Springs tacked on two more runs in the second. Martin walked and Colton Forman reached on a fielder’s choice. Both scored thanks to a two-run single by Nick Frankoski.
The Sparks team extended its edge to 5-0 with a single score in the third. Martin singled, stole second and crossed the plate on a Samir RBI groundout.
Spanish Springs got its last two runs in the top of the sixth. Mickey Coyne and Forman both singled and scored to account for the runs.
“We hit well this week,” Smith said. “We scored a lot of runs. It was rewarding to see the kids come together and play like they have...I’m proud of the way our kids have carried themselves and it was good to be in a tighter game like tonight.”