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Lady Railroaders split pair against Ruby Mountain foes
by Tribune Staff
Mar 30, 2013 | 1759 views | 0 0 comments | 5 5 recommendations | email to a friend | print
The Sparks High softball team hosted Spring Creek and Lowry in a pair of Division I-A North crossover league contests, coming away with a split Saturday. The Railroaders topped the Spartans 13-9 before falling 13-0 to the Buckaroos.

Down by eight runs against Spring Creek, Sparks put together a furious rally to come away with a victory in Game 1.

"We woke up and decided to be disciplined," Sparks coach Frank Avilla said. "Out of their nine runs, eight were unearned. We just weren't ready when we woke up and got on the field. After that we shored it up and the girls decided to own their mistakes, and we picked it up from there. Then they got their confidence and started hitting the ball and working a good strike zone."

In the second tilt of the afternoon, Lowry took a 2-0 lead into the fourth inning before extending it to an 8-0 advantage at the end of the fifth. A five-spot for Lowry in the sixth inning then ended the game early due to the 10-run mercy rule.

"We had a good outing, we just have to work on speed pitching," Avilla said. "If the ball gets around 60 (miles per hour), we're having a little difficulty getting into it. The Lowry pitcher was very good and she was dead on. So we're going to continue to keep working on that."

Sparks (6-9, 3-5) will travel to South Tahoe to take on the Vikings on Wednesday.
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