The undefeated pool play streak was capped by a 10-3 victory over Highland, Utah. The victory did not come easily at first to Spanish Springs. The squad put up nine runs in the fifth and sixth innings to overcome a 3-1 deficit.
In the top of the fifth, Highland had pressure on Spanish Springs with a two-run edge, 3-1. Carson McCusker led off with a double to get things started for the local squad. He scored on a single by Parker Kittilsen. Duncan Wilmot walked to reach first. Kittilsen scored on a Josh Prizina single, also advancing Wilmot, tying the score at 3-3.
Noah Parks singled, joining Kittilsen and Prizina on the bases. With the bases loaded and one down, Cameron Stedronsky, who was pitching in relief, helped his own cause by smashing a single double the left-field line on a 3-2 pitch. The shot plated Kittilsen and Prizina, taking a 5-3 lead. Parks would scored later in the inning on a bases-loaded single from McCusker, his second hit of the inning, for a 6-3 lead coming out of the top of the fifth.
"We were just trying to stay focused," Spanish Springs coach Damon O'Connell said. "We wanted to keep the ball in play and hit the ball hard. We'd been hitting the ball all day."
Spanish Springs wasn't done.
After staving off any Highland's threats in the bottom of the frame by getting a first base pickoff for the final out, Spanish Springs tallied up more runs in the sixth inning to secure the victory.
Jake Brennan singled and scored on Prizina's ensuing single. Parks followed with another single and Stedronsky hit an RBI one-baser to send Prizina home for the fourth single of the inning for Spanish Springs in five at-bats. Daulton O'Connell hit a single to send both Parks and Stedronsky in to score, for a 10-3 lead.
Highland managed to get one run across in the sixth, but it wasn't enough for the Utah squad. Tyler Thompson was hit by a pitch and scored on a Seth Taylor single for the 10-4 final.
"Just the whole time through we just continued to hit," O'Connell said. "We never let ourselves get down and we stayed focused."
Spanish Springs trailed until the fifth inning, but Highland was unable to hold on.
In the bottom of the first, Highland scored first on a Justin DeMarco single that sent Peter Ouimette home.
Spanish Springs tied it up in the top of the second inning. Prizina reached second an error, made it to third on a wild pitch and with bases loaded, O'Connell walked. That was the third consecutive walk of the inning for Spanish Springs. Stredonsky and Darin Papillon both walked before O'Connell's at bat, which tied the game 1-1.
In the bottom of the third, Taylor walked and Scotty Hughes singled. Next Ouimette reach on a single to load the bases. With one out, DeMarco sent two in with a single, taking the 3-1 lead, which Highlands maintained until the fifth inning.
After winning the pool, Spanish Springs has today off to rest. The next game is slated for 3:30 p.m. Monday and will play Tuesday regardless of Monday's outcome in the double elimination bracket.