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SSHS softball takes two at Douglas
by Tribune Staff
Apr 28, 2012 | 1017 views | 0 0 comments | 6 6 recommendations | email to a friend | print
The Spanish Springs softball team used the long ball to snap a three-game losing skid. The Cougars crushed three home runs in the opener of a doubleheader at Douglas and cruised to a sweep of the twin bill, rolling to wins of 9-1 and 10-5.

The Game 1 victory counted toward the Northern 4A standings, but Game 2 was a non-league affair. Spanish Springs improved to 20-8 overall and 12-5 in conference clashes.

"What we're trying to do is just catch that momentum and keep working hard," SSHS coach Jeff Davidson said. "We want to play solid defense and get timely hitting. That's been our goal all year. Today we did that and did it well."

In the opener, eight of the nine runs by the visiting Cougars came via the long ball.

Spanish Springs pitcher Brette Lawrence doubled and scored in the first inning of Game 1 but the rest of the runs got to trot home.

In the third, Myrissa Prince singled and Kelsey Stroshine followed with a two-run dinger, forging the guests on top 3-0.

Leading 3-1 in the sixth, Spanish Springs erupted for six more runs. Stroshine again provided the heroics by a blasting a grand slam. Earlier in the inning, pinch hitter Ally Batastini bashed a two-run homer.

Stroshine finished 2-for-4 in the game with six RBI and was aboard all four times she got a bat in her hand.

"Kelsey hit the ball hard and she hit the ball hard all day, in both games," Davidson said. "She had a very good day. She kept her head on the ball, got her arms extended and drove it hard."

Lawrence gave up one run on seven hits to pick up a complete-game victory. She struck out 10 Tigers and did not issue a walk.

In Game 2, Spanish Springs got a trio of first-inning runs and then blew the game open with a seven-run second frame. Stroshine highlighted the first with an RBI double. Batastini had an RBI double in the second.

Batastini earned the pitching win in Game 2. She worked all seven innings, giving up five runs, although only two were earned. She struck out four and walked one.

Spanish Springs will play at Reno Tuesday at 3:45 p.m.

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