Had it not been for a fourth-inning walk, Jones would have pitched a perfect game in her team's 4-0 win over the Huskies. Instead, she settled for a 15-strikeout no-hitter.
"It was just a tremendous outing by Karlyn. She located well," SSHS softball coach Jeff Davidson said. "And it was against a very good Reno High team. They have a lot of good hitters. Karlyn was successful because she moved the ball up and down, in and out. She hit her spots."
Spanish Springs had plenty of baserunners Thursday afternoon during its High Desert League opener. However, the Cougars stranded a bunch of runners, and left the bases loaded in two different innings.
"I don't know how many runners we stranded, but we had opportunities and didn't take advantage of them," Davidson said. "They'll be alright. We'll work on that."
The Purple and Teal did push a pair of runs across in the both the third and sixth innings.
In the bottom of the third, Stevie Trevino and Karley Hopkins led off with back-to-back singles and both would come around to score. Both players were 2-for-3.
Spanish Springs used three straight singles to start a two-run rally in the sixth.
Pinch hitter Karly Hall smoked a Rachel Durham offering into left field to get things going.
Leadoff hitter Ashley Decker capped her own 2-for-3 outing with an RBI single.
Trevino's base hit moved Decker over to third, allowing the speedy shortstop to come home for the final run on Hopkins' sacrifice fly to center field.
"It's better than we started last year. We started 0-1 last year," Davidson said. "Reno High is a very good team. Rachel Durham is a very good pitcher. They have some very good players on that team."
Spanish Springs (3-1, 1-0 HDL) must travel to Reno to finish up the series with a Saturday twinbill.
•In northwest Reno, a Reed pitcher almost pulled off the same feat as Jones.
Junior Destinee Levesque allowed a first-inning hit to McQueen, but that was it as the Raiders secured a 3-0 win to start off HDL play.
Levesque struck out nine and walked one in the shutout.
"She had pretty good command of her pitches, so she was able to get ahead of hitters," Reed softball coach Ray Charles said. "She threw well for being early in the season. That was pretty encouraging."
Reed got all the scoring it would need in the first inning when Brooke Silva singled and scored on the first of Sydney Jones' three hits in the game.
The Raiders added a couple of insurance runs in the top of the seventh thanks to a two-run base knock by Laura Frost. She had two of the team's 10 hits.
Reed (2-2, 1-0 HDL) hosts the Saturday doubleheader to conclude the three-game series. First pitch is scheduled for 10 a.m. at Shadow Mountain Park.