In the top of the first, Cougars leadoff hitter Jake Bray reached on an error. Justin Agliolo followed with a walk and another Carson error, off the bat of Spanish springs No. 3 hitter Tanner Oates, allowed Bray to score.
Next, Humberto Espinoza grounded out, but Agliolo came home for a 2-0 Cougars lead. Davis Murphy doubled to plate Oates and Murphy scored later in the frame after stealing home.
“That first inning was the difference in the game,” Spanish Springs coach Mike Bosco said. “We were able to score four runs on one hit. Minus that, it’s a one nothing game and maybe completely different in the end. We kind of live and die by what we do at the plate. When we don’t score runs, we’ve got to pitch and play defense. Tonight, we were able to do that.”
Spanish Springs tacked on another run in the second. Bray doubled and scored on an Agliolo single.
The Cougars' offense went relatively quiet from there, managing just five baserunners the rest of the way. Carson starting pitcher David Charles was a big reason for that. He turned in a solid outing, allowing just one earned run in a six-inning stint that saw him record five strikeouts against three walks.
While Charles was good, Bray was better. The Spanish Springs right-hander scattered five Carson hits in an eight-strikeout, one-walk complete-game shutout.
“Jake was lights out,” Bosco said. “He was great. It was the best game I’ve seen him pitch this year. His velocity was really strong and he pitched ahead in the count all night.”
Carson (7-12) and Spanish Springs (18-4) meet again today at SSHS in a twin bill that starts at 11 a.m.