"The girls were positive and upbeat the whole game," Spanish Springs coach Jeff Davidson said. "They were battling and never gave in. They just kept fighting. We put together a few hits and took the lead, then hung on for the victory. That was great."
Spanish Springs faced a 3-1 deficit after Manogue put up a pair of runs in the third inning. The two-run lead was the Miners' biggest of the game, but it was short lived.
The visiting Cougars scratched out a run in the top of the fourth to get back within one run. Sadye Roulund was hit by a pitch. She came around to score after a wild pitch, groundout and run-scoring single by Kayla Arterburn.
The score remained 3-2 in Manogue's favor until the top of inning six. That's when the SSHS nine tacked on two more runs to regain the lead. Ally Batastini started the mini rally with a leadoff solo homer. Next, Roulund singled and circled the sacks after two groundouts and a passed ball.
The guests put up their final run in the top of the seventh. Taylor Helton reached safely on a single. She came around to score after a Myrissa Prince single and another costly Miners passed ball.
Brette Lawrence picked up the pitching win in relief. She took over in the circle for a struggling Batastini with two outs in the third inning. Manogue had touched up Batastini for seven hits and three runs in less than three innings of work.
However, that was as good as it got for the hosts. Lawrence came on and shut the door on the private Catholic schools' offense. Lawrence allowed just two hits and no runs the rest of the way. She struck out seven without issuing a walk.
"Ally (Batastini) was throwing hard, but she was elevating the ball a little bit and they were hitting her pretty hard," Davidson said. "Brette was throwing down and away and down and in. That seemed to work. She was really locating well. When I brought her in, she held them down and did a great job, allowing us a chance to come back."
Spanish Springs got on the scoreboard first. Prince reached with one out on a Miners error. Another error, a wild pitch and a sacrifice fly by Batastini brought Prince home and gave the Cougars an early 1-0 advantage.
Manogue evened the contest at a run apiece with a single score in the bottom of inning two, before taking its 3-1 lead with two third-inning runs.
Spanish Springs improved to 18-3 overall and 7-1 in conference clashes thanks to Tuesday's road win. Next up for the SSHS gang is a Thursday home game against Sierra League-leading Damonte Ranch. First pitch is set for 3:45 p.m. at Spanish Springs.