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Spanish Springs all-star teams fall in regional tournaments
by Tribune Staff
Jul 24, 2013 | 1308 views | 0 0 comments | 14 14 recommendations | email to a friend | print
contributed photo - Anakin Botts works on the mound during his Spanish Springs Cal Ripken 8u all-stars loss Wednesday at Sun Valley's Gepford Park.
contributed photo - Anakin Botts works on the mound during his Spanish Springs Cal Ripken 8u all-stars loss Wednesday at Sun Valley's Gepford Park.
SUN VALLEY -- It was a third-straight long outing for the Spanish Springs 8u all-stars Wednesday. The local Cal Ripken League club was dumped 12-2 by Buchanan in the Pacific Regional Tournament hosted at Gepford Park.

Buchanan ripped off nine unanswered runs, starting in the second inning and cruised to the double-digit triumph. It was a third 10-run loss in as many outings for Spanish Springs.

Buchanan posted three runs in the top of the first inning.

Early on it looked like Spanish Springs might hang around. The local club responded with two runs in the bottom of the first to keep the game close at 3-2. With one out, Seth Klenow singled and scored on a double by Nate Kiserow. A single by Christian Obos followed, plating Kiserow.

Unfortunately for Spanish Springs, that's all the offense it could muster Wednesday. Buchanan went on to score three more runs in the second, five in the fifth and one more in the sixth.

Three Buchanan pitchers combined to limit Spanish Springs to six hits. The Spanish Springs six-through-nine hitters went a combined 0-9. Seth Klenow was 2-for-3 at the plate for the Sparks-area team. Conversely, Buchanan banged out 17 hits and saw six players finish with two more hits.

*In Bakersfield, Calif., the Spanish Springs 12u all-stars lost to Hawaii Wednesday after the team from the islands captured a 2-1 walk-off win.

Hawaii scored its first run, an unearned run, in the second inning. The Hawaiians made the 1-0 lead stand up until the top of the sixth. That's when Spanish Springs scored its lone run and pulled into a 1-1 deadlock.

Leadoff hitter Connor Culp doubled to kick off the Spanish Springs sixth. Next, Calvin Bailey got down a sacrifice bunt, advancing Culp to third. Chase Martin followed and was issued a walk to leave runners on the corners. Nate Miller singled home Culp to knot the contest at a run apiece. Martin tried to score and give Spanish Springs the lead but Tristan Hussey hit into a fielder's choice and Martin was cut down at the plate keeping the tie intact.

Hawaii scored in the bottom of the inning to steal the win after a leadoff walk circled the sacks and scored with one out.

Culp was the tough-luck loser for Spanish Springs on the hill. He went the distance, giving up just four hits, striking out one and walking three. He got a bevy of groundball outs to frustrate the Hawaii hitters.

On the flip side, Spanish Springs too managed only four hits and was struck out 11 times, meaning the Hawaii defense had to field the ball just seven times to record outs.

*In Vernal, Utah, the Spanish Springs 11u all-stars came up short, falling 7-3 to host Vernal on Wednesday.

Spanish Springs led 3-2 after three-plus innings, but the difference in the game was Vernal's four-run rally in the bottom of the fourth inning. The Utah team rapped out 10 hits en route to victory while holding Spanish Springs to five.

Spanish Springs pushed across a pair of runs in the top of the first for a quick 2-0 advantage. Colby Preston and Mason Whitaker walked. Both scored on wild pitches.

Vernal fought back to tie the game at 2-2 with two runs of its own in the bottom of the first. Then, in the top of the third, Preston crushed a solo homer to left-center field, forging Spanish Springs ahead 3-2.

Vernal put together its tell tale four-run fourth and added a single run in the fifth to account for the rest of its offense.
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