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Manogue gets by Spanish Springs
by Aaron Retherford
Apr 26, 2011 | 1018 views | 0 0 comments | 8 8 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Tribune photo by John Byrne - Spanish Springs senior shortstop Jake Bray (11) sets for a throw to first during Tuesday's 2-1 road loss.
Tribune photo by John Byrne - Spanish Springs senior shortstop Jake Bray (11) sets for a throw to first during Tuesday's 2-1 road loss.
Spanish Springs clung on to its 1-0 lead as long as it could and hoped the single run would stand up in the pitchers‘ duel.

Instead, Bishop Manogue exacted some revenge for the Cougars’ come-from-behind victory a day earlier. The Miners rallied for two runs in their final at-bat Tuesday and took a series-splitting 2-1 triumph in Northern 4A prep baseball action.

“We were a single away from beating them,” SSHS baseball coach Ben Hofmann said. “That’s a good team. I thought it was a great game. It was well-played and it was a fun game to be a part of…Regardless of the score today, it was a very good baseball game. The guys played hard. We did everything we possibly could to get a win there.”

Spanish Springs scored its only run in the top of the second inning.

Chase Kittilsen recorded the first of his two doubles — both involved generosity from the Miners — when he lofted a flyball to right field that was lost in the sun. Kittilsen got another double in the fifth when a high pop up landed between the shortstop, third baseman and left fielder.

Malcolm Anderson came to the plate and hit a grounder just past a diving second baseman, plating Kittilsen from second.

Anderson did his best to keep Manogue off the scoreboard with his stellar mound work. Anderson allowed two runs on three hits, while walking three and striking out four.

“He was really dialed in today. He really looked good,” Hofmann said of Anderson. “He spotted his fastball well, and when he had to have curveballs, he really made quality pitches. I’m really pleased with his effort today.”

The Miners didn’t get their first hit until the bottom of the third inning and only stranded three runners through five scoreless innings.

But a little wildness by Anderson in the bottom of the sixth turned the game around for the host Miners.

Anderson struck out leadoff hitter Connor Thompson, but strike 3 got away from catcher Kyle Clark and Thompson reached base as the tying run.

Mj Farthing’s one-out single through the right side of the infield put runners on first and second.

Manogue pitcher Sean Deweese came up to the plate with the opportunity to give himself the pitching win after a wild pitch moved both runners into scoring position. However, he earned a walk and ball 4 was in the dirt, traveling to the backstop and allowing Thompson to score the tying run.

The Miners had runners on the corners when Tim Epker took over pitching duties from Anderson.

Sean-Luke Brija welcomed Epker to the game by hitting a high bouncer down the third-base line. Brija beat out the throw to first because third baseman Kendall Murphy thought the ball was foul and took his time. The eventual game-winning run would have scored on the play anyway, but Brija was able to get an RBI single out of it.

Spanish Springs needed three runs to win Monday’s game in the seventh inning, and the Cougars did their best to shock Manogue again.

Epker singled up the middle with one out, but was almost doubled off on Shane Lawson’s line drive out, which would have ended the game. An errant throw to first from third enabled Epker to get back to first and sprint to second.

The Miners chose to intentionally walk Jake Bray, leaving runners on first and second for Garek Tauchen.

Tauchen hit a grounder deep in the hole at short. Kyle Lewis went the short way and forced out Bray to end the game even though most in attendance thought the call was wrong.

Deweese picked up the complete-game victory for the home team. He scattered eight hits, walked two and struck out six.

Bray, Kittilsen, Anderson and Epker had all the hits for the visitors, rapping out two apiece in the losing cause.

Spanish Springs (19-5, 10-4 in Northern 4A) heads to cross-town rival Reed Thursday for a 3:45 p.m. first pitch.

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