Spanish was shut down in an 8-1 road loss to Douglas in the season-opening Mike Bearman Memorial Tournament Thursday afternoon.
Douglas struck for five first-inning runs and wound up pushing across all eight of its runs in the first three innings en route to the one-sided win.
The host Tigers took advantage of four singles, a Spanish Springs error and a pair of walks to do its first-inning offensive damage.
Douglas pushed its edge to 6-0 with an RBI single by Jimmy King in the second inning. In the third, the Tigers got a leadoff double and error, followed by another single to score a seventh run. The DHS crew tacked on its final run later in the inning after dropping an infield fly rule.
While Douglas was busy scoring early runs, the Tigers starting pitcher, Nolan Weintz was busy putting up zeros on the Spanish Springs side of the scoreboard. The only score charged to him came in the seventh inning when the Cougars managed an unearned run.
Cougars junior Vinny Agliolo reached on an error and circled the sacks after an Anthony Piscareno double and RBI groundout off the bat of Taylor McBroom.
Weintz finished with a complete-game two-hitter in the season-opening action for both teams. He struck out 10 and did not issue a walk although he did tag two Cougars with pitches.
“We tip our hat to their kid,” Spanish Springs coach Ben Hofmann said, alluding to Weintz’s hurling heroics. “He was really good. We did not have very many adjustments today. We talked about some but were not able to do it. He had a good slider and good curveball to go with an above average fastball. And then between those, he was able to locate well. He stayed away and we rolled over a lot of stuff.”
If there was a bright spot for the Cougars in the initial defeat of the spring campaign, it was Piscareno. In addition to his double that led to the SSHS nine’s lone run, he turned in a stellar pitching performance in relief. The junior southpaw went to the hill with no outs, a run in and two on in the third. He finished the game on the mound for Spanish Springs, turning in four innings of scoreless relief, fanning six with two walks.
“Anthony did a pretty good job of throwing strikes,” Hofmann said. “He really mixed up his delivery. He had a good slider working and a little bit of everything. That really helped his fastball.
Spanish Springs will try to rid the bitter taste of defeat in its debut today as it bounces back to play Carson at 10 a.m. and Truckee at 12:30 p.m.
“Our approach is this. At least it’s baseball and we get a chance to play tomorrow. It’s rough when you have football and you have to wait a week to play again. We can get back out there tomorrow. We’ll make a few adjustments and hopefully be better.”