The early offensive production combined with a stellar pitching effort by lefty ace Brette Lawrence was about all Spanish Springs needed to dispatch Wooster. The SSHS hosts did commit an error but coach Jeff Davidson still praised his team's overall performance.
"I thought today the team played well in every aspect of the game," the Cougars eighth-year skipper said. "Brette pitched a great game. We played very, very good defense and we got timely hitting as well. I was pleased with the way we came out and played today."
Lawrence did indeed pitch a great game. The senior southpaw limited Wooster to four hits in the complete-game shutout victory. She struck out nine without issuing a walk. The visiting Colts only even got a runner to second base once in the lopsided affair.
"Everything was working for her," Davidson said. "Her changeup was good. Her curve and screw were working. She mixed in her rise and drop as well. She was really able to keep hitters off balance today. She had very good command of all her pitches. She was able to locate where I called the pitch all day. She just did an excellent job."
Spanish Springs started its six-run first frame when Amanda Barham was hit by a pitch. Myrissa Prince followed and reached on a fielder's choice on which the Colts failed to record an out. Lawrence was then hit by a pitch to saturate the sacks with Cougars. A single by Sadye Roulund scored Barham and Prince.
Next, Megan Archer was hit by a pitch. Later in the frame Lawrence was erased at the plate, but Kelsey Stroshine extended the SSHS edge to 3-0 with a single, plating Roulund. RBI singles by Aubrene Blas and Sidney Sinclair forged the Cougars ahead 5-0. Blas scored the final run of the inning, leaving Spanish Springs with its 6-0 lead.
The Cougars tacked on a run in the fourth when Barham reached on a one-out error and circled the sacks.
The Cougars' final two runs came in the bottom of the sixth. Sinclair started the rally with a one-out single. Pinch hitter Karlie Merritt singled as well. Both Sinclair and Merritt raced around the bases on a triple by Lawrence.
Spanish Springs scored its nine runs despite rapping out only nine hits.
"We left some runners on, but for the most part we did a good job," Davidson said. "We worked hard on that in practice Wednesday. We moved runners over today and got some key hits. We ran the bases well. Every aspect of the game, I thought we played well."
Spanish Springs will be in action again Saturday when it plays a High Desert League twin bill at Reno. First pitch of Game 1 is scheduled for 10 a.m.
In Minden, the Raiders knew they had a longer afternoon ahead of them than normal as they rode the bus to Douglas Thursday. They just didn't know quite how long it would end up.
Reed and Douglas were gearing up for Thursday's softball action, knowing they had to finish a suspended game from Tuesday that 13 innings could not decide a winner. When they finished that, a second contest was on the schedule.
When all was said and done, the two teams had to play six more innings to get a winner from Tuesday's suspended game. That turned out to be a 19-inning 5-4 Reed win. However, Douglas bounced back to capture a 5-1 win in Thursday's regularly scheduled contest.
The good news for Reed was that its marathon win was the lone league game scheduled between the two schools this spring. The second contest, where Douglas garnered a victory, was a non-league affair.
Reed and Douglas were deadlocked at 4-4 after 13 innings Tuesday when darkness forced officials to suspend the conference clash. When play resumed two days later, Reed finally got the game-winning run in the bottom of the 19th inning. Lindsay Yearman singled and moved up on a single by Megan Dettling. Yearman scored when Britni Greninger laced a third-straight single, giving Reed the dramatic one-run win.
Jackie Sertic worked all 19 innings in the circle for Reed. The junior hurler gave up four runs, but only one was earned. She scattered 10 Tigers hits while striking out 14 and walking two.
Reed was lucky to survive with a win. Reed had 20 hits and left 17 runners on base.
Unfortunately for fans of the Blue and Gold, the second game did not go the way the Raiders hoped. Reed did score first. Marriah Levesque led off the RHS third by reaching on an error. She stole second, moved to third on a wild pitch and scored on a Mary Dettling fielder's choice.
That 1-0 lead did not stand up. Douglas tied the game in the bottom of inning three.
Then the Tigers used the long ball to do the bulk of their offensive damage. The Tigers got a solo homer in the fourth and a two-run dinger in the fifth to steal the Game 2 momentum and eventually the win.
"I kind of figured we'd have a letdown or they'd be deflated," Reed coach Jon Wunder said, referring to how the second game would shape up. "I think our teams are pretty evenly matched. I wouldn't have been surprised if it was another close game, but I had a gut feeling one of us would let up. We talked about guarding against that, but it still happened."
Reed (9-2-2, 4-0) will play in an HDL doubleheader Saturday at Hug. Game 1 is scheduled for an 11 a.m. start.