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Spanish Springs routs Galena in home opener
by Aaron Retherford
Mar 17, 2011 | 877 views | 0 0 comments | 9 9 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Tribune photo by John Byrne - Spanish Springs junior Bella Rovens slides into home safely during the Cougars’ 8-0 win over Galena Thursday.
Tribune photo by John Byrne - Spanish Springs junior Bella Rovens slides into home safely during the Cougars’ 8-0 win over Galena Thursday.
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Spanish Springs senior Danica Arterburn did it in the pitching circle and in the batter’s box Thursday afternoon to lead her team to an 8-0 triumph over Galena in the Cougars’ home opener.

Arterburn tossed a three-hitter and also rapped out three hits of her own, driving in three in the win.

“She got stronger as the game went on. She located the ball well and moved the ball in and out. That’s what she does,” SSHS softball coach Jeff Davidson said.

Arterburn was perfect through 3 2-3 innings until McKenzie Wasley ripped a shot that landed inches from the foul line in right field. Wasley ended up on third with a triple but was left stranded.

Wasley again found the hit column in the bottom of the seventh by laying down a bunt single. It looked like Wasley would be the only Grizzly to record a hit off the Spanish Springs ace, but Alex Casazza dropped a single into shallow left field with two outs in the seventh.

Arterburn struck out nine in the shutout.

While it took some time for the Cougars’ offense to get rolling, it didn’t struggle that much to put up some runs.

In the bottom of the third inning, Bella Rovens sliced a triple down the left-field line to get things going.

Myrissa Prince walked and then Arterburn hit a grounder through the left side of the infield, plating Rovens for the game’s first run.

Sydney Darby followed with an RBI base hit to left field, making it a 2-0 game.

A four-run rally in the fourth frame broke open a close game.

Back-to-back doubles by Julianna Waller and Kayla Arterburn increased the lead to 3-0.

Prince had an RBI single and Danica Arterburn drove in her second run on a fielder’s choice.

With a 6-0 lead through four innings, Spanish Springs tacked on two more runs in the fifth. Arterburn and Darby recorded run-scoring hits in the same exact place in left field. Darby finished the game with a pair of RBI singles. Prince was the other Cougar with two hits.

“It took us a couple innings. We hit the ball hard,” Davidson said. “We hit a lot of balls hard foul. We had a couple base running mistakes that kind of slowed down an inning. Overall, I was happy with performance of the team.”

Spanish Springs (4-2, 1-0 in Northern 4A) is back in action with a home doubleheader against North Valleys Saturday First pitch is scheduled for 10 a.m.
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