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Sp. Springs 12-year-olds earn Cal Ripken regional berth
by Aaron Retherford
Jun 28, 2011 | 1510 views | 0 0 comments | 11 11 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Tribune photo by John Byrne - Spanish Springs' all-star Josh Prizina blasts a second-inning solo home run.
Tribune photo by John Byrne - Spanish Springs' all-star Josh Prizina blasts a second-inning solo home run.
The Spanish Springs 12-year-old Cal Ripken All-Stars picked a good year to win the state championship.

They also picked a good time to get their bats going in Game 2 of the state championship series with Silver State Tuesday night.

Trailing 3-2 heading into the bottom of the fourth, Spanish Springs had a shot to end the game via the 10-run mercy rule with a single rally.

Instead, the hosts used a nine-run outburst in the fourth frame to secure an 11-4 triumph, earning a berth to the regional tournament in Honolulu, Hawaii.

It wasn’t looking good for Spanish Springs after Silver State posted three unearned runs in the top of the first. Brendan Talonen capped the rally with a two-run single.

Silver State wouldn’t score again off Spanish Springs’ hard-throwing lefty Derek Stuber, who hurled the first four innings and only allowed three hits to pick up the victory.

Spanish Springs went down 1-2-3 in the bottom of the first, but the middle of the order came through in the second.

Cleanup hitter Alan Lummel turned on a pitch and sent it screaming over the right-field fence to lead off the second. Then, Josh Prizina followed with his own solo shot, a bomb to center field, cutting the deficit to 3-2.

When Silver State ran out of pitching, it got ugly quick.

Spanish Springs sent 13 batters to the plate in the fourth and made it an 11-3 ballgame after pushing across nine runs. The final two outs of the inning came at third base, so Spanish Springs could have scored two more runs and ended the game early.

Mateo Lemus drove in two runs with a single through the left side of the infield. Chase Lee and Stuber both had RBI singles in the long inning.

Stuber, along with Zac Whitely, came up to the plate twice in the inning and rapped out a pair of base hits.

Ryan Anderson pitched the final two innings for Spanish Springs, allowing a lone run in the top of the sixth when Joey Cunningham laced his second double of the game and scored on an RBI groundout by pinch hitter Shana Dennis.

Spanish Springs outhit Silver State 14-4 on the night.

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