The Cougars capped an offensive-laden day with their biggest win, an 11-2 onslaught of Fallon.
Spanish Springs got off to a quick start in the top of the first. With two outs, back-to-back singles by Danica Arterburn and Sydney Darby set the table for Brette Lawrence. Lawrence smoked a shot to the gap in left-center field, plating two runs with a three-bagger.
Myrissa Prince’s line drive single up the middle drove in Lawrence, leaving Spanish Springs ahead 3-0.
The Greenwave got a run back in the bottom half of the first. Leadoff hitter Cassie Bell singled and scored three batters later on Chelsea Smitten’s groundout to second base.
However, the Cougars put the game out of reach with a four-run third.
Arterburn, Darby and Lawrence opened the inning with consecutive singles.
A sacrifice fly by Prince and a sacrifice squeeze bunt by Julianna Waller brought home the first two runs.
Kayla Arterburn made it a 6-1 game with her line drive single to center field, knocking in Lawrence. Bella Rovens picked up an RBI with a bunt single for a 7-1 edge.
“It’s what we work on every single day of practice,” SSHS softball coach Jeff Davidson said of the team’s hitting. “It’s trying to be aggressive at the plate, trying to hit the ball out in front and hitting the ball down and hard. When you do that, you’re successful and we work on that constantly.”
Fallon pushed across its final run in the fourth frame.
Danielle Rothery’s flyball to center field carried over Rovens’ head for a leadoff double. Rothery scored on one of two errors in the inning.
The bottom third of the Cougars’ order initiated a four-run rally in the top of the fifth.
Back-to-back-to-back singles by Waller, Dani Smith and Kayla Arterburn loaded the bases.
Waller scored on an RBI groundout by Rovens. Two more runs scored when Danica Arterburn ripped a single down the right-field line. Darby’s RBI fielder’s choice accounted for the final 11-2 margin.
Danica Arterburn pitched all five innings in the game, scattering four hits and allowing two unearned runs. She also helped her cause at the plate, going a perfect 4-for-4 with two RBIs.
Darby was 3-for-4 with an RBI. Both Rovens and Lawrence finished the game with two hits and two RBIs. Kayla Arterburn added two hits and an RBI.
Spanish Springs 4, Alhambra 1
In the Cougars’ only close game of the day, Danica Arterburn was nearly unhittable against the team from Martinez, Calif. The senior right-hander struck out 14 hitters, while giving up one run on two hits and one walk.
Waller and Kayla Arterburn both were 2-for-3 with an RBI in the win.
Spanish Springs picked up a run in the second and added two more in the third. Rovens doubled and scored in the third inning. The Cougars added one more in the fourth.
Spanish Springs 8,
Buhach Colony 0
The Cougars started the day with a five-inning win over Buhach Colony of Atwater, Calif.
Kaytlin Ripa took the ball for the Purple and Silver, working all five innings in a three-hitter. She struck out five.
Spanish Springs blew it open in the fourth with five runs after scoring two in the first and one in the second.
Darby, Alyx Penrod and Rovens each had two hits in the winning cause. Darby drove in three and Penrod had two RBIs. Prince also knocked in a run.
“They played well today, had a couple mishaps,” Davidson said. “We’ve just got to keep playing and continue to get better every single game.”
The Cougars (17-2) open elimination play today at 8 a.m. at Shadow Mountain Park.