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All-Stars have mixed results at state
by Aaron Retherford
Jul 16, 2011 | 1278 views | 0 0 comments | 10 10 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Tribune photo by John Byrne - August Souza slides into home safely during the Spanish Springs 10-year-old All-Stars’ 12-2 win over Sun Valley.
Tribune photo by John Byrne - August Souza slides into home safely during the Spanish Springs 10-year-old All-Stars’ 12-2 win over Sun Valley.
The outcome of Saturday night’s 8-year-old Cal Ripken All-Stars clash between Sun Valley and Spanish Springs mattered little.

One team was going to be the No. 2 seed for the single-elimination bracket the other would be the third seed.

All the final round robin contest did was give a reason for Spanish Springs to want some payback.

For the second straight day at the state tournament held at Gepford Park in Sun Valley, Spanish Springs left the field shaking its head due to a game-ending freak play.

Sun Valley took advantage of the latest freak play, scoring two runs on a grounder to shortstop to walk off with a 10-9 victory.

With two outs in the bottom of the sixth inning following two straight strikeouts by Spanish Springs pitcher Logan Brown, consecutive walks loaded the bases.

Brown induced a groundball to short that took a little hop at the end and couldn’t be handled. The first run scored easily. However, no one noticed the runner from second never stopped at third and came home to score the winning run.

The game was a see-saw battle throughout.

Sun Valley scored four runs in the first inning on one hit, two errors, two walks and a hit batsman.

But the visiting Spanish Springs squad had an answer, taking advantage of three Sun Valley errors in the top of the second to knot the game at 4-4.

Sun Valley went up 7-4 in the bottom half of the inning only to watch Spanish Springs push across three runs in the third to tie the game once again. Trevor Watkins launched a bomb to dead center field for an RBI double.

Watkins also pitched a scoreless third to hold Sun Valley at bay and let the Spanish Springs offense snag its first lead of the game with a run in the fourth.

Sun Valley left the game in an 8-8 deadlock after its half of the fourth frame.

With one out in the top of the fifth, Donovan Ratfield hit a laser into the left-center field gap. He ended up on second base with a double and later handed Spanish Springs a 9-8 edge when he came home on a wild pitch.

The two teams meet again today at 1 p.m. in the semifinals of bracket play. The winner will advance to the state championship game at 6:30 p.m.

•In the 10-year-old All-Stars state tournament also held in Sun Valley, Spanish Springs followed up its 12-2 win over Sun Valley in the first round of a double-elimination bracket with another 12-2 triumph.

Silver State was the latest victim and fell in five innings to Spanish Springs, giving the team dressed in orange the berth into today’s state championship game at 5 p.m.

Conner Culp pitched a complete game with three strikeouts and three walks.

Joe Prizina did the damage at the plate, going 2-for-3 with a home run and five RBI.

Calvin Bailey was a perfect 4-for-4 with three runs scored.

In the early game, Spanish Springs only had six hits, but took advantage of the opportunities presented by Sun Valley.

Tristan Dahir pitched four innings for Spanish Springs, striking out eight Sun Valley batters.
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