The Miners’ two Kyles — Lewis and Pruneau — both clobbered grand slams as Manogue completed the series sweep with a 17-14 victory.
Coaches expect a nine-run rally in the first inning will stand up for at least most of the game. That didn’t happen Monday. After watching a 9-0 Miners lead go up in smoke, Pruneau cleared the bases with a grand slam in the fifth inning to break an 11-11 deadlock. Manogue added two more runs in the sixth inning for insurance as the Cougars would tally two runs in the sixth and one more in the seventh, accounting for the final three-run margin.
Manogue exploded for nine runs in the top of the first frame. Lewis blasted a grand slam. Pruneau and Harrison Shawa both rapped out two-run doubles off Spanish Springs starting pitcher Gehrig Parks.
While Pruneau helped his cause at the plate, the Miners’ starting pitcher did not bode as well when he took the mound.
The Cougars nearly erased the nine-run hole by posting a seven-spot in the bottom half of the first.
Lucas Jones plated Matt Mannens with a hard single to start the scoring for the home team.
A double by Vinny Agliolo put runners on second and third. Jeff McCusker singled in Jones and Hunter Pinto followed with his own run-scoring base knock, cutting the deficit to 9-3.
Two runs came home when Chase Hauder smacked a double off the right-center field fence.
With two outs, Manogue’s second baseman lost a ball in the sun and the right fielder didn’t call him off, allowing two runs to score on what turned into a double for Matt Mannens, capping the rally.
Spanish Springs added two more in the bottom of the second inning and chased Pruneau from the game as the first two batters of the inning reached on a walk and single.
An RBI single by McCusker and RBI fielder’s choice by Hauder knotted the game at 9-9 after two innings of play.
Manogue regained the lead in the top of the third on a two-out, two-run double to centerfield by Devonte German.
However, Agliolo laced his third hit in as many innings, driving in a run with a single and a third. Then in the fourth, Pinto led off with a single and eventually scored the tying run on a fielder’s choice, leaving the teams in an 11-11 dead heat after four innings.
Spanish Springs opens a two-game series today with North Valleys.