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Spanish Springs all-star teams win
by Tribune Staff
Jul 14, 2011 | 1096 views | 0 0 comments | 7 7 recommendations | email to a friend | print
At Sun Valley’s Gepford Park, the Spanish Springs Cal Ripken all-stars improved to 2-0 in round robin pool play at the 10-year-old state tournament Thursday night.

That fact came thanks to a 9-4 triumph over Silver State.

Spanish Springs got all the offense it needed with a five-run frame in the top of the first inning. Connor Culp keyed the frame with a leadoff ground-rule double that got his club going in a big way.

Silver State got a run back in the bottom of the first only to see Spanish Springs answer with two more in the top of inning two.

The score stayed that way until the bottom of the third. That’s when Silver State began to show some offensive fight. The north Reno squad rallied for a trio of runs, cutting the Spanish Springs edge to 7-4.

That’s as good as it got for Silver State. Ryan Brennan laced a two-run, two-out single for Spanish Springs in the bottom of the fifth and the local team hung on for the five-run triumph.

August Souza went the distance on the hill, tossing all six innings to collect the complete-game pitching win.

“He mixed his pitches and was effective. He executed the pitches we called. He did a really good job,” Spanish Springs assistant coach Damon O’Connell said.

Spanish Springs concludes pool play today with a 5 p.m. game against Fallon.

•The 8-year-old tournament kicked off Thursday and the Spanish Springs Cal Ripken all-stars picked up a win there as well, rolling to a 13-1 mercy-rule triumph over Fallon.

Spanish Springs was never really threatened. It pushed across six runs in the first, four in the second and three more in the third en route to the lopsided win.

“The kids were pumped. They were sick of practicing,” Spanish Springs coach Matt Turley said. “It was good to get a win. They were excited.

“We played about as well as eight-year-olds can play.”

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