That wildness by pitcher Charice Bailey cost the Colts the chance for a stunning upset as her sixth hit by pitch forced in the go-ahead run in the sixth inning and the Cougars unleashed their offense for an 8-1 victory. That SSHS momentum carried into the second game for a 15-1 triumph in five innings.
“If you really watch the first game, we hit some shots right at them. I told the team I was extremely pleased with the way they hit the ball in the first game,” SSHS softball coach Jeff Davidson said. “If a couple of those get through, it’s a different game early. Wooster made a couple diving stops. Their third baseman made a ton of plays. We were hitting the ball hard and they were making the plays. Luckily, there at the end, we put some together.”
Wooster held a 1-0 edge after Charlee Thompson stepped up to the plate in the bottom of the fifth and crushed the first pitch she saw, belting a solo homer over the left-field fence for the game’s first run.
The two teams were even in hits, 4-4, through the first five innings. However, Spanish Springs threatened several times to break open the scoreless tie, but stranded eight runners in the first four innings.
In the fourth, Bailey fielded her position well, snagging a pair of come backers, including a line drive that almost took her head off.
In the fifth, the Cougars had a runner on third with one out, but a 5-3-2 double play ended the inning.
Spanish Springs finally broke through in the sixth. Kayla Arterburn dropped a single into no-man’s land down the left-field line with one out to start the sixth-inning rally.
Aubrene Blas followed with a walk, and Bella Rovens drew a two-out walk to load the bases. Dani Smith hit a single on a line to left, tying the game at 1-1. Brette Lawrence was hit by a pitch, making it a 2-1 game in favor of the guests.
The Cougars didn’t need them, but they pushed across six more runs in the top of the seventh.
An error started the inning and another miscue led to a run. Spanish Springs also scored runs on a hit batsman and a walk with the bases loaded. Kelsey Stroshine singled in a run, and Alyssa Batastini capped the six-run inning with a two-run single to left field. Batastini and Arterburn both had two hits for the Purple and White. Lawrence doubled in the win and also picked up the pitching victory, scattering six hits and striking out 12 in the complete game.
In the nightcap, Spanish Springs poured it on from the start.
The first 13 Cougars reached base safely as they tallied 10 runs and had the bases loaded before the first out was recorded. Spanish Springs batted around the order twice in the first, posting a 12 spot on the scoreboard.
Lawrence’s two-run double initiated the scoring. Two batters later, Batastini zeroed in and launched a no-doubter that cleared the center-field fence by about 50 feet for a three-run home run
No. 9 hitter Gianna Schauer took a pitch at her eyes and sent a laser to center field, plating two runs with a single. Lawrence and Arterburn went back-to-back with RBI singles.
Lawrence finished the game with four hits and three RBI.
“I can’t say enough about the way they hit the ball today. The home run Batastini hit probably went 250 (feet) and into the wind. She smoked it,” Davidson said. “The girls hit the ball hard. In the second game, we were gapping the ball. That was the difference with the first game.”
Spanish Springs added two more runs in the second and one in the third.
Rovens finished a perfect 3-for-3 with three runs scored, while Batastini added two hits and four RBI to the 13-hit attack. Batastini also pitched all five innings for the win. She gave up five hits and one walk, while striking out five.
Spanish Springs (9-2, 6-0 in Northern 4A) hosts High Desert League rival Reno Thursday at 3:45 p.m.
Reed 11-8, North Valleys 1-1
The Raiders got slow starts in both ends of the High Desert League doubleheader at North Valleys Saturday, but that didn’t stop them from rapping out 31 hits in the two lopsided games, led by 6-for-10 performances by seniors Hannah Martini and Cori Gammon.
In the first game, Reed scored six runs in the top of the sixth to institute the 10-run mercy rule. Marriah Levesque ignited the rally with a two-run triple.
Lindsay Yearman contributed three hits and an RBI. Makaela Moore knocked in a pair of runs with two hits. Mary Dettling and Andi Lee both had two hits and an RBI. Also driving in runs were Megan Dettling and Laura Frost.
Megan Dettling was dominant in the circle. She struck out 16 Panthers in her three-hitter. She did walk four and North Valleys’ lone run scored thanks to a hit batsman with the bases loaded. That tied the game at 1-1 after two innings.
“She was dominant. She was a little off in the second inning, but other than that, she was definitely in control,” Reed softball coach Jon Wunder said
In the second game, Reed didn’t score until the third inning despite recording 14 hits. Gammon had four of those hits to pace the offense.
Like the early game, Martini was 3-for-5. Yearman and Mary Dettling were 2-for-4 with an RBI. Danaya Thompson drove in a trio of runs. Levesque, Frost and Britni Greninger all had an RBI.
“I don’t want to say I was disappointed, but it took us awhile to put the hits together,” Wunder said. “Once we did that, it was contagious. We put them together and scored runs in bunches.”
In the circle, Jackie Sertic went the distance for the win. She allowed one run on three hits, while striking out 10 and walking one.
Reed (8-2, 5-0 in Northern 4A is at home Thursday versus McQueen. First pitch is slated for 3:45 p.m.
Whittell 13-8, Sparks 8-7
In Gardnerville, Sparks gave up leads in both games of the Saturday twin bill, falling to the Warriors twice.
In Game 1, the Railroaders led 8-7 heading into the sixth inning, but allowed six runs to lose, 13-8.
Errors still played a factor in both games, but Sparks coach Frank Avilla said the errors caused by a lack of focus are decreasing, so he thinks the team will turn a corner soon.
In the second game Saturday, freshman Jocelyn Vasquez pitched and hit a home run for the Maroon and Gold. Stephanie Miller was 2-for-4 with two RBI.
Sparks falls to 2-7 overall and will travel to Fallon next week to face Fallon, Dayton and Fernley in crossover contests.