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by Aaron Retherford
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Tribune photo by John Byrne - Spanish Springs senior Karley Hopkins laces a single during the Cougars' win over Fallon.
Tribune photo by John Byrne - Spanish Springs senior Karley Hopkins laces a single during the Cougars' win over Fallon.
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On the first day of the 26th annual Reed Easter Break Tournament, Reed and Spanish Springs made it through with unblemished records after securing two large victories Friday.

The Raiders’ second game of the day came after the Cougars’ and the hosts almost matched their cross-town rival’s offensive performance.

Senior Kristy Pasley did not allow a hit against South Tahoe as Reed cruised to an 11-0 win in four innings. Pasley walked two Vikings but struck out six.

The Raiders put up nine runs in the second inning by barely hitting the ball out of the infield. Lindsey Yearman’s bloop two-run double to shallow right field was the big hit of the inning. Yearman, along with Cori Gammon, had two hits in the game.

An inning earlier, Pasley delivered a legitimate big hit when she dropped a bomb that one-hopped the slo-pitch softball fence, 285 feet from home plate. The normal temporary fence Reed uses for high school games was not up, so Pasley settled for an RBI triple.

After two innings the score was 10-0.

Reed added a single run in the fourth for good measure when Gammon picked up her second RBI of the game when she ripped a single to right field, plating Kyndal Compel, who had singled earlier in the inning.

“I would like to get into the championship, but there’s some pretty good teams we’re going to have to face before we get there,” Reed softball coach Ray Charles said. “We’ll just take it game by game. If it works out, then it works out. My first choice is to get into the dance.”

At 9:45 a.m. today, Reed (14-2) will play the winner between Carson and West Valley.

•Spanish Springs senior pitcher Karlyn Jones followed up teammate Danica Arterburn’s two-hitter with a one-hitter as the Cougars finished Day 1 of Reed’s 13-team Easter Tournament with a pair of double-digit victories.

Jones was perfect through 4 1-3 innings Friday afternoon until Jazmine Reed’s fifth-inning single broke up the no-no. Jones struck out 12 and walked none in the 12-0 win over Logan of Union City, Calif.

The game had to go all seven innings though. Spanish Springs, the visiting team, scored seven runs in the third and looked poised to eventually enact the 10-run mercy rule. However, the Colts kept the Cougars from scoring until the top of the seventh when the local squad put up five more runs.

Ashley Decker led the way with four hits and two RBIs in the win.

Stevie Trevino, Karly Hall, Julianna Waller and Mindy Mikkelson each recorded two hits apiece. Sydney Darby, Hall and Waller all finished with two RBIs.

“We hit the ball extremely hard in the first game and we had some shots in the second game as well,” SSHS softball coach Jeff Davidson said. “With our team speed, we started taking advantage of base hits, going first to third. That’s our game. We’re not a big powerful hitting team, but we have a lot of team speed, and today it worked to our advantage.”

•The Cougars’ first game of the day only went four innings due to the mercy rule as they routed Fallon 10-0.

Arterburn helped her cause by going 2-for-3 with a couple RBIs. In the circle, she had eight strikeouts and only allowed two hits.

“Both of them threw outstanding,” Davidson said. “Three total hits on the day, that tells me they were mixing up their pitches. Just the confidence they both have is tremendous.”

Karley Hopkins drove in four of the team’s 10 runs, while Hall recorded two hits and three RBIs. Decker was 2-for-2 with three runs scored.

Spanish Springs (16-1) gets a bye into the quarterfinals of the winners’ bracket and will face the winner of the Alhambra-Elko game. The Cougars’ game starts at 11:30 a.m. at Shadow Mountain Park.

•In Reed’s early game, it wasn’t pretty but the Blue and Gold came away with a 10-3 win over Galena.

“In the first game, I was a little irked with our defensive play,” Charles said. “I keep hounding them about defensive play because I don’t want that to be the reason we get dumped because later on in the season we’re not playing good defense.”

The two teams were tied at 1-1 after one inning of play thanks to back-to-back doubles by Gammon and Pasley.

Reed tallied three runs in the third to claim the lead for good as Makaela Moore drove in the first of her four RBIs with a sacrifice fly and Destinee Levesque had an RBI single.

Moore followed Shivaun Landeros’ RBI single with a two-run triple in the fourth. A four-run rally made it 8-2 in favor of the Raiders through four innings.

After Galena pushed across a run in the fifth, Reed answered back with two more in the sixth on RBI base hits by Moore and Levesque.
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