The two teams were deadlocked at 5-5 heading into the bottom of the fifth, but Copper Hills scored three runs in the inning and held Spanish Springs scoreless in the top of the sixth.
Despite out-hitting Northern Utah 14-8, Nevada was saddled with its second defeat in its Cal Ripken Jr. pool with only a game against Oakland (Northern California #2) remaining.
Trey Wilmot, Cody Glenn, Trevor Watkins and Donovan Ratfield all were 2-for-3 at the plate for Nevada. Glenn and Eric Brennan doubled in the loss.
Wilmot pitched the first three innings, striking out five. Glenn struck out three over the final two innings on the mound.
“They had some timely hits with runners in scoring position, and they made some great plays early in the game,” Spanish Springs 9-year-olds manager Kevin Wilmot said. “We had a couple doubles stolen from us by their second baseman who made some great plays. The kids came out and hit better today, compared to yesterday when we only had one hit. The kids got the jitters out, and we threw a lot more strikes today.”
Spanish Springs will take on Oakland today at 9 a.m. The teams will be seeded for the single-elimination bracket based on records in pool play. The championship bracket begins Thursday.
•The Spanish Springs 10-year-olds are also in Long Beach, but saw their regional championship dreams die as they suffered their second loss in the double-elimination bracket.
Nevada led 2-0 in the third, but watched Vernal (Southern Utah) score a run in each of the fourth, fifth and sixth innings to claim a 3-2 victory.
“It’s tough. The kids are pretty down right now,” 10-year-olds manager Brad Durski said. “These guys are at regions for a reason. They’re all champions. We just weren’t the better champions this year. There is a lot of talent out there and we saw a bunch of it. We’ll go back home and regroup for next year.”
Nevada had the tying and winning runs in scoring position with one out in the bottom of the sixth. But a line drive to first base and a line drive to center field stranded runners on second and third, ending Nevada’s short stay at the regional tournament.
•The Spanish Springs 11-70’s didn’t play Monday, but they got pool play going Tuesday in Elk Grove, Calif. Unfortunately for the representatives from Nevada, a loss was also the outcome.
Laguna Grey (Northern California #2) scored 10 runs in the third and fourth innings to erase an early deficit and saddled Nevada with an 11-4 defeat.
Nevada missed out on several chances to score in the first two innings and manager Damon O’Connell said it easily could have been 5-0.
Nevada scored one run in the first after a couple of base-running mistakes stifled a rally.
In the second inning, Nevada had the bases loaded with no outs and only managed a single run after a strikeout and double play ended the inning.
Nevada was only out-hit 9-8, but four errors proved costly. Laguna Grey tallied four runs in the third and six more in the fourth to snatch a 10-2 advantage.
Joe Prizina had two doubles for Nevada.
Nevada continues pool play today at 9 a.m. against Long Beach (Southern California).