The Cougars rolled to a 10-0 win in five innings and a 7-2 victory in the night cap Tuesday afternoon at home to improve to 6-2 overall and 4-0 in High Desert League action.
Senior pitcher Danica Arterburn went the distance in both games. She tossed a one-hitter in the first game, striking out seven while walking only one.
“For this early in the season, Danica pitched great,” SSHS softball coach Jeff Davidson said. “We had a couple other pitchers to pitch. We scored a lot late in the first game and I was planning on getting another pitcher in. It was a close game for the most part early on.
“I had another pitcher warmed up for the second game, but I asked her how she felt. She wanted the ball so I gave it to her.”
Arterburn got in a little bit of trouble in Game 2. In the fourth frame, the Panthers had runners on second and third with no outs, but couldn’t push any runs across against Arterburn.
North Valleys got to her in the sixth inning. The visitors put runners on first and second and sacrificed them over a base for the first out. Following a strikeout, NVHS pitcher Ashley Reese tried to help her cause with a two-out single up the middle, plating two runs.
That left the score 6-2 in favor of the Cougars. Spanish Springs pushed across one run in the bottom of the sixth on an RBI single by Arterburn.
Spanish Springs scored one run in the first but had its big inning in the third.
Alyx Penrod doubled home Bella Rovens and Arterburn hit a shot to deep right field and circled the bases, making it a 4-0 lead.
The Cougars posted a two-spot in the fifth. Arterburn started it off with a triple to right field and came home on a Sydney Darby RBI single. Julianna Waller capped the inning with an RBI single.
“Overall, I was pretty happy with our defense. Our defense made some good plays,” Davidson said. “We had some miscommunication in the second game. Our hitting was good enough to win. We had a couple base running mistakes and have some things we need to work on.”
In Tuesday’s opener, Darby and Myrissa Prince both went 2-for-3 at the plate. Darby also drove in a pair of runs.
Brett Lawrence added a two-run double in the win.
The Cougars tallied six runs in the bottom of the fifth to end the game early via the 10-run mercy rule.
Spanish Springs is at Carson Thursday and at McQueen Saturday.