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Baseball, softball teams gear up for busy spring break week
by Aaron Retherford
Apr 11, 2011 | 1298 views | 0 0 comments | 8 8 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Tribune file photo by John Byrne - Alex Young (22) and the Reed Raiders will be one of the local teams playing in tourneys this week.
Tribune file photo by John Byrne - Alex Young (22) and the Reed Raiders will be one of the local teams playing in tourneys this week.
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While many high school students are off enjoying the sun and sandy beaches, there’s still business to be handled on the local baseball and softball fields this week during spring break.

While some teams will be taking a day or two off from practice to start the week, action really heats up later in the week.

Reed softball as well as Spanish Springs baseball will host spring break tournaments.

Before those tournaments begin, Sparks baseball and softball will be in action today at home. The games are make-ups from a postponed series with Whittell.

Sparks baseball has already made up one of the two games from the Mount Rose League series. The baseball team will play its game at 4 p.m., while the softball squad plays back-to-back games at 3 and 5 p.m. Sparks also has a non-league baseball doubleheader against North Valleys Thursday at 11 a.m. and 1 p.m.

Tournament action will begin Wednesday. Spanish Springs’ Northern Nevada Classic opens up with a baseball skills competition at 3 p.m. Reed is also participating in the eight-team tournament.

Games start Thursday for the Cougars. The Purple and Silver take on California foes Novato at 10 a.m. Thursday and Head-Royce at 10 a.m. Friday. Spanish Springs will have a second game Friday at 3 p.m. against Carson.

“We’ve got three teams from out of town, three from California and one from Utah,” SSHS baseball coach Ben Hofmann said. “We’re real excited. It should be fun.”

Reed’s trek through the tournament starts at the same time Thursday, but the games will be held at McQueen.

The Raiders face Mt. View of California at 3 p.m. Thursday. They also have two games at 12:30 p.m. and 3 p.m. Friday. Saturday’s game time will be determined after the Friday games have concluded.

Reed and Spanish Springs will be two of the 16 teams participating in the 28th annual Raiders softball tournament. There will be four teams in each of the four pools. Friday will see each team play three games in pool play.

The Raiders will take on Foothill (Redding, Calif.) at 8 a.m., Fernley at 9:30 a.m. and Douglas at 11 a.m.

“It’s a great tournament to have. It’s a nice fundraiser to have,” Reed softball coach Jon Wunder said. “We have eight local teams and pretty much eight teams from California. A couple of them are new, so it’s always nice to integrate some new blood into the tournament. It’s a minimum of five games and a maximum of seven. So depending on how well you do, you can get a lot of good competition, which will certainly help us going into the second half of our season going down to the wire.”

Spanish Springs will play at the same times as Reed Friday morning. The Cougars open the tournament with Alhambra at 8 a.m.

“We just want to play. To get five games, it’s going to be great,” SSHS softball coach Jeff Davidson said.

On Saturday, the tournament switches to an elimination bracket with the championship scheduled for 4:30 p.m.
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