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Cougars crush California foe, win local softball tournament
by Dan Eckles
Apr 17, 2010 | 2648 views | 0 0 comments | 18 18 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Tribune photo by John Byrne - Spanish Springs players get set to congratulate teammate Ashley Decker on a home run Saturday.
Tribune photo by John Byrne - Spanish Springs players get set to congratulate teammate Ashley Decker on a home run Saturday.
For the second straight day, the James Logan High softball team was no match for Spanish Springs. A day after dumping the central California school 12-0 in pool play, Spanish Springs handed Logan an 8-0, six-inning defeat in the championship game of Reed High’s annual spring break tournament.

“Obviously, this is a nice accomplishment for our team,” Spanish Springs coach Jeff Davidson said of his team’s local tourney championship. “We had great fan support and it was a great tournament. Reed does a great job hosting it.

“We know if we play our game, we’ll be in it. It’s a credit to our kids. We’ve got a great group. They really listen to the coaches and it shows. They come out and do a great job on the field.”

Despite the one-sided score, Saturday’s game was tight for awhile. Spanish Springs, the designated visiting club, broke open a scoreless affair with a five-run fifth inning.

Ashley Decker initiated the big inning with a solo home run, her fifth of the season. Stevie Trevino followed with a double for the Cougars and she scored on a Karley Hopkins single. Karlyn Jones proceeded to lace an RBI single and then Sydney Darby capped the scoring outburst with a two-run homer.

“I thought my freshman pitcher got a little frustrated there and she grooved a couple two-strike pitches,” Logan coach Teri Johnson said. “Spanish Springs is a great ballclub. Nearly all of their seniors are going to play in college. We’ve got six freshmen on our varsity. This was good for us.”

The Spanish Springs offense did not rest on its laurels. In the top of the sixth, it went right back to work. Hopkins doubled and came around to score on a Jones single. Darby added another single to her stat line and then back-to-back RBI singles by Karly Hall and Danica Arterburn accounted for the SSHS crew’s final two runs.

Spanish Springs rapped out 18 hits in the tournament’s title game. Decker, Trevino, Hopkins and Jones all racked up three hits in four plate appearances. Darby and Hall each chipped in two hits.

“We hit the ball extremely hard,” Davidson said. “We had four hits in the first inning and didn’t score a run because their shortstop made some great plays. She kept them in the game early on.”

Jones did her usual stellar work in the pitching circle. The Spanish Springs senior tossed her second complete-game shutout of the day. She struck out 10 Colts hitters and did not walk one. She allowed just two hits in the game, a single in the fourth and single in the sixth.

“Karlyn just had absolutely phenomenal location,” Davidson said. “If I wanted it low and away, that’s where it was. If I wanted it up and in, that’s where she put it. She’s just been great, all year. She’s been a great leader and kept our team up, even through some rough spots.”

Logan, which fell to 10-4 with the loss, lost to a Spanish Springs team that outscored its five tourney opponents 50-0.

Earlier Saturday, Spanish Springs beat Alhambra, Calif. 8-0 in the tournament quarterfinals and Reno 12-0 in a semifinal to earn its berth into the championship game.

The Cougars improved to 19-1 with their trio of tournament wins Saturday. They have a bye from High Desert League series play this coming week, but do play a non-conference game at 3A Fernley Tuesday at 3:30 p.m.
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