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Spanish Springs 12u, 8u all-stars earn top seeds
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The Spanish Springs Cal Ripken team improved to 3-0 in pool play after cruising to a 17-6 victory over Silver State at the 12u state all-star tournament Saturday in Fallon.

Spanish Springs, the designated visitor, jumped out to a 12-1 lead after the top of the third inning, however Silver State, tried to hang around as it scored five runs in the bottom of the third. Spanish Springs responded with five more runs in the top of the fourth and put the 10-run mercy rule into effect, eventually earning the 11-run win.

Spanish Springs needed just 13 hits to score its 17 runs. Silver State committed three errors and walked three to help the Spanish Springs cause.

The Sparks team's offense got started quickly with a five-run first inning. Connor Culp, Calvin Bailey, Chase Martin, Kaden Hogan, and Trevor French all had RBI singles in the initial inning.

Culp had a two-run homer and Martin a solo shot in the club's three-run second. Spanish Springs added four more runs in the third before capping its offense with the five-run fourth.

Culp had three hits while Bailey, Martin and Hogan all finished with two in the lopsided win.

In Friday's win over Fallon, Spanish Springs pushed across four first-inning runs and was never threatened in an 11-0 win over Fallon Friday. The local squad tacked on five more in the second and two more in the third en route to enforcing the 10-run mercy rule after four innings of action.

Spanish Springs needed only eight hits to do its damage. Fallon committed just one error in the tourney tilt but it walked nine Spanish Springs hitters. Conversely, Spanish Springs pitchers Culp and Scott Cameron combined for a one-hit shutout. Culp worked the first three innings, allowing the one hit while striking out two. He did walk three, but none of the free passes came around to score. Cameron retired the Fallon side in order in the fourth.

In the first, Spanish Springs managed its four runs on just two hits. Fallon's error and a trio of walks helped the Sparks team's cause. A solo homer by Cameron and a three-run round tripper by Nate Miller highlighted the second-inning rally.

Tristan Hussey drilled a solo dinger and Cameron walked and scored to account for the two runs in the third.

Spanish Springs, the tournament's top seed, starts elimination bracket play Sunday.

*In the 8u state tournament bracket, Spanish Springs earned the top seed there as well, wrapping up pool play with its third straight win. Spanish Springs, which romped over Fallon 23-0 in its tourney opener Thursday, beat Silver State 10-8 Friday and Sun Valley 10-5 Saturday.

On Saturday, Spanish Springs built a 10-1 lead after four innings. Neither team scored in the fifth but Sun Valley took advantage of five walks in the sixth inning and tried to hang around. Sun Valley got four runs in that sixth inning, trimming the Sparks-area squad's lead to the final 10-5 margin but that's as good as it got.

Bryson Glassco picked up the win on the mound for Spanish Springs, working the first three innings and allowing just one run while striking out five. Seth Klenow chipped in two innings of scoreless relief to help the Spanish Springs effort.

Nate Kiserow and Glassco both laced two hits to lead the Spanish Springs offensive attack.

Friday's game was much different. Spanish Springs found itself facing a 6-3 deficit before it strung together a seven-run rally in the bottom of the fifth to retake the lead.

Klenow led off the fifth with a double and his teammates' offense got contagious from there. Spanish Springs pounded out seven more hits in the inning, all singles. When the rally was done, Spanish Springs had a 10-6 lead.

Silver State tacked on two more runs in the top of the sixth, but could not inch closer and was saddled with the 10-8 defeat.

Six different players had two hits for Spanish Springs in its 15-hit outing.

Spanish Springs begins elimination bracket play at 1:30 p.m. Sunday. If it wins, it will play at 4 p.m. in the tournament's title game.

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