“Today we just didn’t have success,” Sparks coach Frank Avilla said. “Whether it be a lack of focus or whatever it may be, it just wasn’t our day. That’s all I can attribute it to.”
As has been the case all season, errors doomed the Railroaders and helped hand Hug the mercy-rule victory.
Down just three runs, with the scoreboard reading 5-2 in favor of the Hawks after three innings, the Maroon and Gold defense fell apart in the top of the fourth.
Giving up just three hits in the inning, Sparks watched as Hug runners rounded the bases 11 times with the assistance of five errors and a number of walks. The double-digit frame put the Hawks comfortably ahead by the final tally of 16-2.
“We’re a work in progress,” Avilla said. “We figured that out at the beginning of this year. Errors continue to dog us. I’d lie to you if I said it wasn’t frustrating, because it is. We know their talent and we’ve seen how they play at times. All we can do is hope that all nine come ready to play. We’ll just continue to keep working hard and focusing on the next game.”
Sparks (4-13, 3-6 MRL) will look to shore up its defense before it travels to Truckee to play the first-place Wolverines on Wednesday at 4 p.m.