Spanish Springs was chomping at the bit to get in some more game action and that opportunity finally rolled around Tuesday. The Cougars took advantage, dumping Galena 8-0 at home in a non-league prep softball affair.
"Having that week off after coming back from the Sacramento tournament was tough," Spanish Springs coach Jeff Davidson said. "We really focused last week (in practice) on defense and hitting, and then basically today our defense was excellent. We didn't commit any errors and then we got very good pitching. When you get good pitching and defense behind it, you make it tough on the other team."
Sophomore Ally Batastini provided the good pitching. The hard-throwing right-hander tossed a one-hitter at Galena, allowing a lone single in the contest, in the second inning to Shelby Harris. Batastini struck out four and walked two in the complete-game shutout victory. Galena never even advanced a baserunner to third. Only two of the 27 outs recorded by Batastini even reached the outfield.
"Her change today was working really well," Davidson said. "So she was able to keep hitters off balance by throwing hard and coming back with the changeup. Her dropball was working pretty well today, too. She had three pitches going today and then when Galena did put the ball in play, she had a good defense behind her."
Spanish Springs got single scores in the first, second and third innings. In the first, Cougars leadoff hitter Sidney Sinclair singled and scored. In the second, Myrissa Prince reached on a fielder's choice and circled the sacks. Then in the third, Karlie Merritt doubled and scored on a Brette Lawrence single.
Galena held its hosts scoreless through the fourth and fifth frames but Spanish Springs broke the game open with a five-run rally in the sixth.
Kelsey Stroshine singled to initiate the threat. Prince, Bayley Broadwater, Sadye Roulund and Sinclair all followed and all reached on four consecutive Grizzlies' errors. That sequence accounted for three runs and helped the Cougars extend their edge to 6-0. An RBI groundout by Merritt and a Lawrence single brought in two more runs, leaving the scoreboard to read the final eight-run margin.
Spanish Springs scored its eight runs on eight hits. Galena made five errors in the game.
"The one thing we did talk about after the game was we left several runners in scoring position early," Davidson said. "We need to do a better job of driving those runs in with less than two outs. In the first, second and third innings, we scored one but we left one. We need to take advantage and drive those runners in."
Spanish Springs (5-1) makes its league debut Thursday when it travels to Douglas. First pitch of the conference clash is scheduled for 3:45 p.m.