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Spanish Springs baseball spanked by Reno, 10-1
by Aaron Retherford
Mar 18, 2010 | 983 views | 0 0 comments | 11 11 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Tribune/John Byrne - Cougars' Taylor Freshman dives back into first base during this third-inning pickoff attempt.
Tribune/John Byrne - Cougars' Taylor Freshman dives back into first base during this third-inning pickoff attempt.
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Thursday's High Desert League baseball opener between Reno and Spanish Springs was a far cry from the meeting between the two teams Saturday in the championship game of the Mike Bearman Memorial Tournament.

Unfortunately for Cougars fans, it was their team that digressed.

Spanish Springs committed six errors and wasted a solid effort from pitcher Jake Bray in a 10-1 home loss to the Huskies.

"It was just very uncharacteristic of the way we are capable of playing," SSHS baseball coach Mike Bosco said. "Our pitcher kept us in the game early. We had five unearned runs in the first six innings. If you would have told me they would have scored three runs through five innings, I would have said we were going to win that game. We just didn't show up offensively.

"Obviously the six errors we made they capitalized on. It was our worst effort this year, and hopefully that's the first and last time we have to go through that."

Reno third baseman Anthony Hascheff led off the top of the second with a double that one-hopped the fence in right field. He began the scoring by coming home thanks to an error and he ended the scoring in the seventh by going deep for a two-run home run as part of a four-run rally.

In the top of the third, Austin Wood reached on an error and came around to make it a 2-0 game when Zack Nyman singled to left field.

Reno got another single run in the fourth frame when Scott Borsum and Trevor McElroy traded places on back-to-back doubles to left field. That was the only earned run Bray gave up in 4 2-3 innings of work.

Spanish Springs finally got on the board in the bottom half of the fourth. Justin Agliolo doubled down the right-field line, moved to third on a fly out to right field and scampered home on Davis Murphy's RBI single.

The Cougars could not get much else off of Reno starter Garrett Windemaier, who allowed six hits in the complete game. Agliolo had two of those hits.

The Huskies broke open the game in the sixth when Spanish Springs' bullpen failed. Reno got six runners on base in the inning on the strength of a bunt single.

The visitors pushed three runs across on a hit batsman and two walks, all with the bases loaded.

The Huskies' bats came alive in the seventh though. Nick Bietz drove in a run with a triple off the fence. He would score on a passed ball.

Pat Gallagher ripped a single before trotting home after Hascheff cleared the right-field fence.

Spanish Springs (4-2, 0-1 HDL) can still win the series with a doubleheader sweep Saturday at Reno. The early game starts at 11 a.m.
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