The game was originally scheduled to be played at Carson, but issues from a downed light pole forced officials from both schools to move the game to Spanish Springs. Carson was still the home team.
It mattered little to Spanish Springs which had red-hot bats all day. If there was a flaw in the SSHS attack it came in the form of timely hitting, which the Cougars did not get a lot of. Despite its barrage of base hits, Spanish Springs left the bases loaded twice and stranded 13 runners on the day.
"We hit the ball well. Seventeen hits is tremendous," Spanish Springs coach Jeff Davidson said. "We left quite a few runners on base, but when you hit the ball and hit it hard, like we did, you always give yourself a chance."
The Cougars, who were playing the role of visitor on their home field, pushed across two runs in both the second and third innings to snare a 4-0 advantage. In the second, Brette Lawrence reached on an error and Myrissa Prince followed with an infield single. The aforementioned Cougars duo scored on RBI singles by Kaytlin Ripa and Kayla Arterburn.
In the third, Danica Arterburn got aboard safely for Spanish Springs after an error in center field. She scored on a Darby single. Lawrence then reached on a single and Prince proceeded to rap out another single to plate the second score in the inning.
"When you play a good team, you have to play clean," Carson coach Scott Vickery said. "We didn't play clean enough.
"I'm not happy with the loss, but we played close enough that we should know we can compete and get them when it counts."
Carson (10-6, 7-3) hung around. The Senators responded by posting three runs of their own in the bottom of the third. The score stayed at 4-3 until the top of inning five when Spanish Springs answered with three runs, forging ahead 7-3.
Lawrence initiated the fifth-inning rally by drawing a walk. Prince doubled to put Cougars on second and third. A Julianna Waller single drove in both runners. An Alyx Penrod single later in the inning drove in another run.
Spanish Springs got its final run of the day in the sixth inning. Darby walked and her courtesy runner, Sidney Sinclair came around to score after singles by Lawrence and Waller.
Prince and Darby led the Spanish Springs hit parade with three apiece. Bella Rovens, Penrod, Lawrence and Waller all finished with two hits on their stat sheet.
Danica Arterburn worked all seven innings in the pitching circle to pick up the win for Spanish Springs. Carson got to her for 11 hits but outside of the third inning she was able to hold the Carson offense at bay. She finished with five strikeouts and two walks.
Spanish Springs has nearly a week off before it returns to action Friday in Reed's annual spring break tournament.