Sun Valley got a run in the top of the second inning to knot the game at 4-4, but that’s as good as it got for the tournament hosts. Spanish Springs responded with its big inning to blow the game open. Spanish Springs sent 21 hitters to the plate in the frame. It got just five hits in the inning but took advantage of 11 free passes via either a walk or hit batter. Sun Valley also committed a pair of errors in the inning to help the Spanish Springs cause. Connor Culp, Quin Tremaine and Brock O’Connell all had singles in the rally while Tristan Dahir ripped a two-run double.
“I wasn’t pleased with our defense early but I was pleased with the way we battled back after every inning,” Spanish Springs coach Gary Tremaine said. “We had to learn to be patient. The Sun Valley pitchers are not what we’re used to seeing. But our kids hung in there and were patient. We took what they gave us. It’s good to get this under our belt.”
Leading 18-5, Spanish Springs tacked on a trio of runs in the bottom of inning three. Tony Promise and Rylan Espin both singled and scored to highlight that rally. Tyler Groat reached on an error and scored the third run of the frame.
Sun Valley scored its last run in the top of the fourth, but the game was ended due to a 10-run mercy rule after three and a half innings.
The tournament tilt was tight early. Sun Valley got out of the gates strong, pushing across three runs in the top of the first inning. Despite the early deficit, Spanish Springs remained unfazed. The local squad got four runs back in the bottom of the inning to forge ahead, 4-3.
Calvin Bailey singled and Ryan Brennan walked to initiate the first-inning threat for Spanish Springs. Both scored after Tremaine reached safely following a two-out error. Tremaine and August Souza, who singled, both came plateward after another Sun Valley error that allowed O’Connell to reach safely.
Fallon and Silver State are also in the four-team state tournament. The four teams play a three-game round-robin format to establish seeding. They then enter bracket play. The winner of the tournament earns a berth in the Southwest Regional Tournament later this month in Bakersfield, Calif.
Spanish Springs continues round robin play tonight at 7:30 p.m. against Silver State.
“This was really good to get everyone in and get the nerves settled a little bit so we know what to expect in a big tournament,” Tremaine said.