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Sparks baseball sweeps twin bill from Incline
by Michael Lingberg
Mar 22, 2011 | 719 views | 0 0 comments | 7 7 recommendations | email to a friend | print
In their first four games of the season, the Sparks baseball team racked up only nine runs total. In the first game of a doubleheader against Incline Tuesday afternoon, it doubled that output and only needed six innings to do it.

The second game was even more impressive. Sparks topped its giant Game 1 run total in the second game and used only five innings to do that.

In all, 39 runs were scored by Sparks as it crushed Incline twice in the same day. The final scores were 18-5 and 21-7.

Sparks senior Martin Jordan had a particularly big day because he blasted two home runs and racked up eight RBIs.

Junior Brandon Harris also had a rare baseball moment during the nightcap. He smacked a double into the outfield and brought in a run but in the process he broke a metal bat. As the ball made contact with the metal, a deep hollow sound followed and caused the umpires to take five minutes to inspect the bat. Soon, the whole Railroader team was gathered around the bat, some with baffled looks on their faces.

The outcome of first game of the afternoon was over after the Railroaders' offense generated eight runs in the first inning. Senior Leonel Abundis started off by scoring off an error from third base. Dennis Morelli smacked a single to bring another run home and then senior Kirk Putman scored on another error by Inline to make the score 3-0. Joe Christ then brought home another couple of runs with a double to raise the score to 5-0. Tyler Dresbach was walked with the bases loaded and then Jordan came to the plate and belted a ball into left field to bring in two more runs. Kody McClelland and Abundis each brought another run home to end the first inning with an 8-0 lead.

Jordan hit a homer in the fourth inning and scored another run in the fifth.

Sparks got two more runs home in the sixth after two more Highlander errors in the sixth. The game ended with the mercy rule after the sixth inning because the Railroaders built up a 13-run lead.

“It’s good to see us play up to our capabilities," said Sparks head coach Greg Vasko. “Both pitchers (Jordan and Putman) pitched the whole game and they played to their capabilities.”

In the nightcap, the Highlanders came out strong in the first inning and scored three runs.

Morelli began the second inning by blasting a home run to deep right field to pull his team to 3-1. Dresbach managed to hit a ball past the third baseman to bring one more home.

Incline went back to work in the third inning when it put another three runs on the board with two singles and an error.

From that point on, it was all downhill for the Highlanders.

Sparks’ offense came alive once again in the fourth inning. Jordan hit a two-run home run to center field and Harris brought in another run and broke his bat at the same time. The Railroaders put up 10 runs in the inning and went ahead 12-6.

The Railroaders churned out another nine runs in the fifth to pull ahead 21-6.

The Highlanders managed to score just one run in the bottom of the fifth before the mercy rule once again came into effect.

Vasko was low key about the day his team had. He’s been expecting this kind of performance from his players.

“Getting our first wins is huge," he said. “It shows what we’re able to do. Incline’s a good team. We just hit the ball. I’m just happy to get the wins.

Sparks improved its record to 2-4 with its two blowout victories. It will try to extend its modest two-game win streak when Whittell comes to visit on Saturday. The first pitch will be at 11 a.m.

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