"Tonight the kids came out to play baseball," Spanish Springs coach Jeff McCusker said.
San Luis Obispo, lost to perennial power Bakersfield, 6-3, on Wednesday and exited the tournament early with the loss to Spanish Springs.
Hunter Pinto earned the victory for Spanish Springs, pitching four innings and recording three strikeouts. Trevor Hampshire pitched two innings of relief, collecting four strikeouts.
As opposed to Wednesday's lopsided loss to Elk Grove, Spanish Springs didn't commit any errors on Thursday, helping it to the six run win.
"I think the kids weren't pressing as hard," McCusker said. "They were a little more ready to play than they were (Wednesday)."
Spanish Springs posted five of its runs in the first inning while San Luis Obispo had two to stay in contention. The local team kept hacking away, getting three more scores in the second and a final run in the fourth. The host team only plated one more, in the fifth.
"The kids went out and had a little fun. They went to the beach and relaxed. They had a good time," McCusker said about his squad's pre-game festivities.
The local skipper said his squad will take the same approach going into today's 1 p.m. match up against Hawaii. The loser goes home. Garek Parks will take the mound first for Spanish Springs today.