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Spanish Springs 8-year-olds blank Silver State 24-0 to win state tourney
by Aaron Retherford
Jul 15, 2012 | 1864 views | 0 0 comments | 10 10 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Tribune photo by Nathan Orme - Spanish Springs 8-year-old All-Star Sean McElfish pitches during the third inning of his team’s 24-0 win over Silver State.
Tribune photo by Nathan Orme - Spanish Springs 8-year-old All-Star Sean McElfish pitches during the third inning of his team’s 24-0 win over Silver State.
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The Spanish Springs 8-year-old Cal Ripken Baseball All-Stars were challenged once in round robin action.

When they reached the state championship game Sunday and saw Silver State in the opposing dugout and not Fallon (the team that took Spanish Springs to the brink a day earlier), fans knew another football-esque score was probably going up on the scoreboard.

Spanish Springs didn’t disappoint, lambasting Silver State 24-0 for the state championship.

No Spanish Springs team lost in their respective age groups at Eagle Canyon Park this past week, and the 8-year-olds made sure they wouldn’t be an exception from the first inning on.

Spanish Springs tallied seven runs in the opening inning as Silver State could not find a pitcher to get outs.

The first RBI of the game came off the bat of Zack Harbart as he went opposite field to left for a single.

Two more runs came home when no one could come up with Jacob Doyle’s fly ball to right field.

Ivan Sanchez followed with a double to center field that was deflected away by a diving outfielder, allowing a run to score.

Spanish Springs scored three more runs in the first on defensive mistakes by an overmatched Silver State.

The second inning was the big one though as Spanish Springs batted around the order twice and added 13 runs to its score for a 20-0 advantage.

Teegan Smith had a triple and double in the inning. He ended up a home run away from hitting for the cycle as he finished the game 4-for-5.

Lukas Hutson got that home run. With the bases loaded and no outs in the top of the second, Hutson scorched a line drive to center field that kept rolling and rolling, leading to an inside-the-park grand slam.

Doyle had a two-run single in the second. Ryan Cooper recorded a pair of RBI singles. Harbart doubled in a run and Aramus Anderson drove in runs with a single and a groundout.

Spanish Springs enjoyed a 20-0 lead after two innings.

Silver State got its only hit of the game in the second inning thanks to an infield single by Camron Zeilder.

Spanish Springs added four more runs in the top of the third to account for the final 24-0 margin.

Sanchez crushed his second double of the game, plating two runs with his shot to right-center field. He scored the game’s final run on Seth Klenow’s second base hit of the game.

Hutson went 3-for-4, adding a pair of singles to go along with his grand slam. Cooper also had three hits, each driving in a run.
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