Like their younger counterparts, the 10-year-old All-Stars secured a lopsided triumph over Silver State for the state championship. However, Silver State initially made Spanish Springs sweat in the 21-3 ballgame.
Silver State went up 2-0 after one inning on a Kobe Grassi RBI triple in the bottom of the first. Grassi scored on a throwing error in the infield. Ashton Olson also tattooed a double off the fence in left field, but he was stranded at second base. It didn’t take long for Spanish Springs to answer. In the top the of the second, the hosts pushed across 10 runs and the rout was on.
Both Johnny McHenry and Mason Whittaker recorded two hits in the second-inning rally. McHenry’s base knocks to opposite field each brought in a run, while Whittaker added an RBI single.
Ryan Lujan ripped a liner down the left-field line that rolled to the fence for a triple. He scored on Mark Ripa’s bunt single — Ripa’s second hit of the game — making it a 5-2 score. That was just the halfway mark of the rally.
Two runs scored on a throwing error and Spanish Springs had three more runs cross home plate as it took a 10-2 edge.
In the third, Lujan singled to lead off the inning. Back-to-back doubles by Jake Galletti and Brandon Leary increased the lead to double digits, 12-2.
Pinch hitter Austin Hoffman tripled home two runs. Whittaker picked up an RBI on a groundout to second base and Lujan capped his 3-for-3 performance and his team’s seven-run rally with an RBI single.
Spanish Springs led 17-2 after two and a half innings.
Silver State got three base runners on in the bottom of the third on three singles, but only scored one run on an RBI single by Hayden McGraw. Silver State would not get closer than 17-3.
Spanish Springs posted a four-spot on the scoreboard in the top of the fourth thanks to a couple errors and RBI singles by Hoffman and Whitaker.
The Spanish Springs 10-year-olds will represent the state of Nevada at the regional tournament in Los Altos, Calif. from July 23-28.