Spanish Springs tallied three runs in the first inning, one in the second, one in the third, four in the fourth and two in the fifth en route to capturing an 11-4 victory in the title tilt. With the state tournament triumph, Spanish Springs earns a berth in the regional tournament, which begins July 23 in Bakersfield, Calif.
“We came into the state tournament with a set of goals,” Spanish Springs coach Damon O’Connell said. “We wanted to score 50 runs in five games and we did that. Our goal was accomplished and I’m pretty proud of them. We’ve got 15 kids on the roster and everybody got time and contributed.”
Silver State did take an early 2-0 lead. With two outs in the top of the first, the North Valleys area all stars got back-to-back solo home runs for their early advantage.
That’s as good as it got for Silver State since Spanish Springs responded with its trio of runs in the bottom of the inning. The Sparks team did not trail again.
Connor Culp walked, Calvin Bailey reached on an error and Chase Martin to load the bases for Spanish Springs in the bottom of the first. Nate Miller and Joe Prizina proceeded to knock out sacrifice fly balls for pair of runs and then a walk to Tristan Hussey and a single by Scott Cameron brought a third run home. Cameron’s single was the lone hit in the rally.
In the second inning, Jesse Cameron bashed a solo dinger and the local club had a 5-2 advantage. Spanish Springs blew the game open with its four-run fourth. Brock O’Connell, Martin and Prizina all singled and scored to key the big inning.
Spanish Springs tacked on a pair of unearned runs in the fifth to forge ahead 11-2. Silver State got two runs back in the top of the sixth to account for the final seven-run margin but it was too little too late.
“The championship game was good,” O’Connell said. “We had good at bats and good approaches. Everybody struck the ball well. Fallon is such a small field. Everybody wants to lift the ball and you don’t have to.”
Martin worked the first four and a third innings on the hill, giving up two runs on two hits while striking out six and walking two. He earned the pitching win.
•Spanish Springs Cal Ripken also earned a tournament all-star state title in the 8u division. Spanish Springs capped off a perfect 5-0 tournament run with an 11-1 romp over Silver State in the championship contest Sunday afternoon.
Silver State’s leadoff hitter Nick Crawford singled and scored in the top of the first, but that was the lone offensive bright spot for the Reno team.
The 1-0 margin did stay intact until the third inning when the Spanish Springs offense exploded. It got six runs in the third and poured on five more in the fourth to implement the 10-run mercy rule after four innings of action.
Jacob Doyle, Christian Obos, Bryson Glassco and Ashton Oper all singled and circled the sacks for Spanish Springs in the third. In the fourth, Beau Green, Doyle, Seth Klenow and Naye Kiserow all singled and scored while Obos drilled a doubled and came around to score.
Spanish Springs rapped out 13 hits in the win. Doyle, Kiserow, Obos and Glassco each rapped contributed a pair of hits to the winning cause.
Doyle collected the pitching win, tossing three innings, allowing one run on three hits while whiffing five and walking only one.
•The Spanish Springs 9s and 11s both won their state tournament divisions as well.