Chase Martin belted out a two-run in the top of the second inning for Nevada, giving it a 2-0 edge.
Mickey Coyne pitched four strong innings for Nevada, but Taylorsville eventually tied the game at 3-3 in the bottom of the fourth. The hosts then tagged Chris Samir for a couple runs in the bottom of the fifth, putting a scare into Nevada.
While Spanish Springs 12-year-olds manager Wayne Smith said the team didn’t hit as well as in the opener, he said his players didn’t give up and showed a lot of character by being able to battle back for the victory in the final inning, posting a five-spot in the top of the sixth.
Hayden Bosco plated the go-ahead run with an infield single he beat out and Dawson Martin crushed a two-run triple, accounting for the final 8-5 margin.
Samir then shut the door in the bottom half of the sixth.
Nevada will take on Elk Grove, Calif. today at 5:30 p.m. The winner automatically advances to the championship game and would have to lose twice to not qualify for the World Series in Maryland. Smith said his team has played in so many tournaments the past six months that anything less than a trip to Maryland would be disappointing.
In Elk Grove, Calif. Wednesday morning, the Spanish Springs 11-70’s All-Stars faced a must-win situation and they performed admirably, recording a huge win over a perennially tough Southern California opponent.
Joe Prizina did it all for Nevada in the second game of pool play. Prizina allowed two runs on two hits to pick up the pitching win in Nevada’s 6-2 triumph over the team from Long Beach, Calif. Prizina struck out five and walked four in five innings of work.
Prizina was also perfect at the plate, going 3-for-3 with two runs scored and an RBI. Ryan Costello was also 3-for-3, while Nate Miller added a pair of hits in Nevada’s 12-hit attack.
Nevada scored a run in the first inning, only to watch Southern California tie it up with a run in the bottom half of the inning.
The see-saw battle continued as Nevada went ahead 2-1 in the second inning and Southern California knotted the score at 2-2 in the bottom of the third. However, it was all Nevada from that point forward.
Prizina did get in some trouble in the fifth. With Nevada leading 4-2, Southern California loaded the bases with one out. Spanish Springs 11-year-olds manager Damon O’Connell went to the mound to talk with Prizina, and Prizina insisted he could get out of the jam. He did just that, striking out the next batter and inducing an inning-ending groundout. Nevada added two more runs in the sixth for insurance.
The top two teams in each pool qualify for the single-elimination bracket, so Spanish Springs needed this win after losing its opener Tuesday night.
“It’s a big win for Spanish Springs to beat a team out of Southern Cal,” O’Connell said. “For us, we needed that win to have any chance to play into Saturday.”
The local squad will play its third of four pool games today against Murray (Northern Utah) at 9 a.m.
The Spanish Springs 9-year-olds concluded pool play Wednesday and suffered its third straight defeat at regionals.
Oakland (Northern California) no-hit Nevada en route to a 15-0 win in four innings.
Nevada will begin single-elimination play today.