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Local softball squads return to diamond after extended break
by Aaron Retherford
Apr 10, 2013 | 2229 views | 0 0 comments | 5 5 recommendations | email to a friend | print
The Reed and Spanish Springs softball teams have had an extended break over the past week, but come this weekend those squads will be busy from now until the end of the season.

Both are in action at Reed’s annual Easter/spring break tourney Friday and Saturday. Three California schools dropped out of the tournament due to financial reasons, so this year’s format will be a little different with only 13 teams.

There will be round robin play on Friday. Because of the odd number of teams, the Raiders will have to play four games Friday, while everyone else plays three. Reed opens tournament play at 8 a.m. against Galena and its final game of the day will be at 2:30 p.m.

The nine teams from Nevada will compete in a championship bracket Saturday. Since California schools are limited to five games, those four schools will take on each other in a four-team bracket Saturday with a championship and third-place contest.

In the meantime, Reed coach Jon Wunder gave his team a couple days off. The team held an optional hitting workout Tuesday.

“We wanted to give them family time over the week,” Wunder said. “But they know when we come back, we’re going to get after it. We have tough competition this weekend.”

Wunder plans on getting all his girls a lot of playing time this weekend, heading into the second half of the season.

Spanish Springs will also be participating in Reed’s tourney. For the second time this season, the Cougars will be coming off a week and a half layoff between games.

“It’s extremely hard. It’s just the way the scheduling went this year,” SSHS softball coach Jeff Davidson said. “We’ve had three weeks where we don’t play any games throughout our schedule early on. After we get done with the Reed tournament though, we’re playing four games a week the rest of the year.”

On Friday, Spanish Springs opens up with North Valleys at 9:30 a.m. It will also face James Logan at 11 a.m. and Fallon at 2:30 p.m.

During the downtime between games, the Cougars have been focusing on one aspect in particular.

“We’ve been working on a lot of hitting obviously because that’s been one of our weaknesses,” Davidson said. “Right now, we’re not driving in runners in scoring position. Hitting has been a main point of emphasis for us. We’ve been working on our first and thirds, our bunt coverages and defense as well.”
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