Reno rolled to a 10-7 game one win and went in with some momentum to the second of the doubleheader.
"It was a disappointing loss," Spanish Springs coach Mike Bosco said. "It was a little bit uncharacteristic of how we play, we made four errors and they capitalized on every one of them and that cost us. In the last inning though we put three runners on and we put the winning run at the plate, just didn't get the key hit when we needed to."
After scoring the opening run in the first inning, Spanish Springs gave up four to the Huskies in the bottom of the first. Scott Borsum hit a three-run homer in the top of the first to help his team take a 4-1 lead after just one inning.
"The hard thing with playing Reno early in the season is they're in mid-season form," Bosco said. "It's like they've already played 20 games and they're ahead of everybody else because they're just so well groomed. They're playing like midseason whereas we're starting off."
Spanish Springs (4-4, 0-3 4A High Desert League) tightened things up in the second, scoring two of its own. Davis Murphy led off with a double and Brandon Mathis joined him on the bases on a walk. Henry Rueda bunted and an error at first base allowed Murphy to score. Mathis reached on a fielder's choice hit by pitcher Alex Vetter to pull within one, 4-3.
In the top of the fourth, Humberto Espinoza hit a solo shot to tie the game at four.
The bottom of the same frame saw Reno score another to regain the lead. Nick Bietz singled and reached third on a Spanish Springs error. He was batted in on a single by Zach Nyman for the 5-4 lead.
The Cougars finally struck back to regain the early lead it had with two runs in the top of the fifth. Chase Kittilsen came in to hit for Spanish Springs and singled to reach first. Anthony Vierra re-entered the game to run for the Cougars. Jake Bray stepped up with double and sent Vierra home to tie things at five. Bray scored on a Tanner Oates single for a 6-5 Cougars lead.
The score held into the bottom of the sixth inning. Colton Hampson, the tying run, led off for Reno with a line drive to left, to get on base. Harrison Gray entered to run for Hampson. With one out, a Tyler McElroy single advanced Gray to third base. With McElroy still at the plate, Oates threw a wild pitch but Taylor Freshman threw out Gray at the plate.
With runners on the corners and Bietz at the plate, Spanish Springs ran its trick play of an overthrow to center field to get two runners out and end the inning, maintaining its 6-5 lead.
The Cougars had one single, by Justin Agliolo in the top of the seventh but were unable to push across a run, holding at just a one-run advantage.
Beitz led off with an out for the Huskies to start the bottom of the seventh. Nyman followed with a single and Pat Gallagher walked to put the tying and winning runners on the sacks for Anthony Hascheff. Hascheff hit a bomb into left for the three-run home run and 8-6 win for Reno.
"To lose a game like that, what can you say? It's just a hard loss," Bosco said. "...We played very well. I told the kids 'you've got nothing to hang your head about. That's a good team.' I'm hoping we see them again in the playoffs."
Bosco said he was very pleased with his overall pitching but his defense didn't back it up as well as he hoped. Tyler Eaton handled the majority of the pitching duties in the first game of the day while Vetter handled the second.
"We knew they were going to be high scoring games but as long as our pitchers kept us in the game we were going to be in good shape and they both did that great today," Bosco said. "Both of them gave us an opportunity to win and we didn't play defense great today. Had we played defense I think both games were probably a little bit different outcome."
The Cougars are back in action Thursday with Wooster at 3:45 p.m.