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Sparks rolls to sweep of Whittell
by Tribune Staff
Mar 24, 2012 | 928 views | 0 0 comments | 6 6 recommendations | email to a friend | print
The Sparks Railroaders stayed perfect in the Mount Rose League, sweeping a prep baseball doubleheader at Whittell Saturday. Sparks picked up wins of 10-6 and 19-4, improving its record to 5-0 in conference clashes.

Sparks, which sits 7-1 overall on the young season, scored three runs in both the first and second innings of Game 1 to grab a 6-5 lead. Casey Carter had a two-run single in the first and L.B. Rose contributed a two-run single in the second to highlight the three-run innings.

Both teams scored a single run in the fourth and the 7-6 score remained intact into the seventh. The SHS crew broke the game open with a three-run rally in the top of the seventh, accounting for the final 10-6 score in the opener. David Tallman rapped out a two-run single for Sparks in the seventh.

Keiffer Putman threw all seven innings in Game 1 to record the complete-game win. He gave up 11 Whittell hits and six runs but only two were earned as Sparks committed four errors. Putman finished with seven strikeouts and two walks.

"Keiffer threw well," Sparks coach Greg Vasko said. "We made some errors behind him, but he kept after it. In the first inning, they got a few hits, but we came back and he settled down."

Game 2 proved to be the "Jared Longland Show" for Sparks. Longland worked all five innings on the hill in the mercy-rule shortened affair. He scattered three hits while fanning five and walking one. On top of his hurling heroics, he helped his cause by driving in six runs on a 3-for-4 effort at the plate.

Whittell led 2-1 after two innings, but then Sparks got going offensively. The Railroaders scored five runs in the third, six in the fourth and seven in the fifth.

Putman drove in a pair of runs in the SHS third. James McCarty ripped a three-run triple in the Railroaders' fourth. Longland had a two-run single in the third fourth and fifth frames.

"I'm very excited about getting these two wins," Vasko said. "Whittell's a good team. The first game could've gone either way, but we played well."

Sparks returns to the diamond for a trio of Northern 3A crossover league games next weekend. It will play Fernley Friday and then take on Dayton and Fallon a day later.

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