The Cougs went to work early and often against Reno. Spanish Springs struck for a pair of runs in the first inning on a two-RBI double off the bat of junior Sidney Sinclair.
Four more runs came in the second inning for SSHS. A single from Bella Rovens scored two before Dani Smith ripped a two-run home run to put Spanish Springs up 6-0.
The Purple and Silver bats exploded again in the third inning, this time for an eight spot. Sophomore Kayla Arterburn started off the eight-run rally with a solo shot over the outfield fence. A double from Bayley Broadwater followed before Sadye Roulund singled her home. Roulund touched home on a single from Dani Smith. The Cougs then loaded the bases, allowing Kelsey Stroshine to collect a pair of RBI with a double. Two runs followed on a single from Myrissa Prince before Prince scored later in the inning on an error to close out the third inning onslaught, leaving the scoreboard reading 14-0 in favor of the Cougars.
“We hit the ball extremely hard,” Spanish Springs coach Jeff Davidson said. “We had close to 20 hits on the day and we were just hitting the ball all over the yard. On top of that, we played good defense and Brette pitched a great game.”
Roulund led off the top of the fourth frame with a solo dinger of her own to cap off a trio of Cougar deep balls.
Reno managed to push across its only run of the game in the fourth inning, resulting in the 15-1 final.
Cougar junior Brette Lawrence worked the circle for SSHS, going five innings with nine strikeouts and zero walks for the win.
SSHS had 19 hits on the day. Smith and Lawrence each went 3-for-3 at the dish, leading the Cougars’ barrage. Roulund was 2-for-2, while Sinclair went 3-for-4. Broadwater also contributed to the hit parade as she batted 2-for-3 from the plate.
Davidson said he is happy to be seeing his team play the type of ball he knows they are capable of just in time for the playoffs.
“It’s all about momentum at this point and that’s what we’ve talked about starting last week,” Davidson said. “We’ve just talked about how important momentum is at this point. We want to get momentum and keep it moving forward every game. We have McQueen and Galena left and they’re both in regionals right now. It’s good for us to play those teams. I told my team we just have to keep going forward and working on things we need to work on and improving daily.”
Spanish Springs (21-8, 13-5 Northern 4A) hosts McQueen today at 3:45 p.m.
Reed 5, McQueen 3
Fighting gusting winds as well as its opponent, the Reed softball team battled from behind and then held off host McQueen for a 5-3 Northern 4A victory on Tuesday afternoon.
“It was extremely windy up at McQueen and we recognized that the catchers were going to have challenges throwing into the wind, so we took advantage of that,” Reed coach Jon Wunder said. “We actually had seven stolen bases so our base running really helped us today manufacture some runs. We didn’t make any errors and we played solid defense. We faced a good pitcher today in a little bit of adverse conditions and we did what we needed to do to eek out the win.”
The Raiders pushed a run across the plate with their first trip to the plate. Senior Hannah Martini started the inning off with a single, stole second and went to third on a wild pitch. Martini then touched home on a fielder’s choice from Mary Dettling for the early 1-0 RHS edge.
After the Lancers knotted the game up at 1-1 with a run in the bottom of the first frame, the Raiders found themselves in trouble in the bottom of the third, giving the Lancers a 3-1 advantage.
Reed quickly responded.
Down 3-1, senior Andi Lee sparked the Blue and Gold offense with a single and stolen base. With Lee standing on second base, sophomore Marriah Levesque singled her home. Levesque then stole second herself before junior Laura Frost plated her with a single of her own to tie the game at 3-3.
The contest remained tied until the Raiders took their next at-bats in the fifth. Dettling led off with a double, which was followed by a single and sacrifice bunt from senior Shivaun Landeros and Lee, respectively. Dettling completed the final trek home on a successful squeeze from senior Makaela Moore for a 4-3 Reed advantage.
The visitors added an insurance run in the top of the sixth inning when senior Cori Gammon touched home on errant throw on her steal attempt of third base, but the run would prove unnecessary as the Raiders shut down McQueen’s bats.
Coming on in relief in the bottom of the fourth inning for sophomore Jackie Sertic, Landeros held the Lancers scoreless over the final four innings as she allowed just one hit and struck out three for the win. While the game was close, Wunder said it may have actually benefited his team more as it gears up for the postseason.
“Their pitcher is a very solid, good pitcher and we certainly had to compete to win today which is good,” Wunder said. “I’m always happy with a win whether it be 15-3 or 5-3, but blowout wins do not help you at all preparing for the playoffs.”
Reed (24-4, 17-1 Northern 4A) will host Galena today at 3:45 p.m. before closing out its regular season on Friday at Damonte Ranch.