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Reno overcomes early Spanish Springs offense
by Tribune Staff
Mar 31, 2012 | 976 views | 0 0 comments | 4 4 recommendations | email to a friend | print
The Spanish Springs baseball team had struggled to score recently, combing for just three runs in its last two outings. The Cougars found a little more offense Saturday but some hair spring weather and poor defense proved costly for the hosts.

Perennial Northern 4A power Reno took advantage of three Spanish Springs errors and knocked off the SSSH nine on its home field, 11-8, in prep baseball action.

"They were tough playing conditions," Spanish Springs coach Ben Hofmann said. "The wind was howling. It was rough, for everybody so maybe you'd think there would be more runs scored, and there was. Reno played a pretty clean defensive game and we did not. That turned out to be the difference."

Spanish Springs led 6-4 after three innings, but Reno bounced back and outscored the Cougars 7-2 through the final four innings to steal the Northern 4A League victory.

The Cougars trailed 11-7 when they came up for their final turn in the bottom of inning seven. With one out, Hunter Fralick crushed a solo homer to make it 11-8. Gehrig Parks and Lucas Jones followed with back-to-back singles and Spanish Springs had the game-tying run at the plate.

That's as good as it got for the Cougars. A groundout and infield fly ended the inning and nixed any Spanish Springs hopes of a comeback.

Reno took the early lead after scoring a pair of first-inning runs. Spanish Springs answered with a trio of runs to take the lead. Matt Mannens and Chase Kittilsen highlighted the SSHS rally with RBI doubles.

The visiting Huskies regained the lead with two runs in the top of the third, but again, Spanish Springs had an answer. Mannens walked, Kittilsen singled and Anthony Tiscareno doubled. All three circled the sacks and scored as the cougars went on top 6-4.

Reno pushed across three runs in the fourth and another in the fifth, taking an 8-6 lead. It never trailed again.

Cougars starting pitcher Nikk Audenried was a bit of a tough-luck loser. He worked six innings and was tagged for eight runs, but only four were earned. He scattered eight Huskies hits, striking out six and walking two.

Reno scored its 11 runs on only nine hits.

"Both teams settled down and both pitchers settled in as the game went on. We had some opportunities and we didn't cash in. In the sixth, we left the bases loaded and in the seventh we left runners on second and third. That happens I guess," a frustrated Hofmann said.

Spanish Springs had 14 hits on the day. Jones, Mannens and Agliolo all had three hits apiece in defeat.

The two teams meet again Tuesday at Reno with first pitch slated for 3:45 p.m.

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