Heading into the bottom of the sixth inning, Spanish Springs was three outs away from grabbing the championship as it held a 3-1 lead. That slim margin would soon be erased though as Silver State rallied back to knot the game at 3-3 to stay alive.
Silver State’s Shawn Florence singled to spark the comeback. That set up Eric Mason, who followed with a double to left field, scoring Florence and bringing Sun Valley within one of tying the game. A single to center field by Logan Rumbaugh put runners on the corners for Kolton Mero, who hit into a fielder’s choice that plated Mason and tied the game at 3-3 for extras.
With the score still at 3-3 heading into the eighth inning, Spanish Springs showed off its flare for the dramatic.
As a pair of Spanish Springs runners stood on first and second base, Tanner Smith dug into the batter’s box. Turning on a pitch, Smith lined a laser tip-toeing just fair inside the first-base line. As the ball rolled into the corner of right field, Derek Mannens and Logan Cox rounded third and touched home to retake the lead at 5-3. Colton Forman then singled, putting another two on the base paths. This time around the damage came off the bat of Tyler Schricker as he roped a single into right field, plating both Smith and Forman for a 7-3 lead. Schricker then touched home himself as Micky Coyne singled through the middle to grab an 8-3 lead and once again leave Spanish Springs three outs away from the championship.
While Silver State had rallied in the sixth inning, it would have no such luck in the bottom of the eighth as Coyne closed the door and sealed the victory for Spanish Springs.
To start the game, neither side was able to get on the scoreboard in the first inning as a Sun Valley runner was the only harm done. In the top of the second Chris Samir plated the first run of the contest on a single by Forman to give Spanish Springs a 1-0 lead.
After a 3-up, 3-down bottom of the second, Spanish Springs added another run in the top frame of the third. Following a groundout, Dawson Martin singled to right field while Hayden Bosco and Mannens took walks to load the bases. A wild pitch then sent Martin home to bring the score to 2-0 before Silver State got out of the jam.
The score remained the same until the bottom of the fourth when Silver State got on the scoreboard.
Florence took a walk then advanced to third on an errant pick-off attempt and wild pitch. With Florence standing on third base, a fielder’s choice off the bat of Rumbaugh brought him home for a 2-1 game.
Spanish Springs got the run back with its next turn at-bat. With two outs, a dropped ball at first on what would have been the third out allowed Coyne to score, extending the advantage back to a pair at 3-1.
The two-run lead held until Silver State went to the plate in the bottom of the sixth inning where it pushed the game into extras.
•The Spanish Springs 10-year-old All-Star team continued to take care of business in the Nevada Cal Ripken State tournament, cruising to a 22-1 victory over the squad from Silver State Saturday evening.
To start the game, Silver State looked as though it would give Spanish Springs some trouble but came up empty in the top of the first.
An infield grounder and walk put runners on second and first with one out. The opportunity to get on the scoreboard slipped through Silver State’s hands though as Spanish Springs starting pitcher Mason Whittaker induced a grounder for a double play to end the threat.
Spanish Springs would not make the same mistake with its chances in the bottom half of the first.
A walk to Mark Ripa led the inning off for Spanish Springs and soon paid dividends. Tyler Eastland then stepped into the batter’s box and sent a shot just inside the right-field line that rolled to the fence, giving Eastland an inside-the-park-home run. It would be a sign of things to come.
Consecutive singles from Johnny McHenry and Whittaker resulted in a 3-0 Spanish Springs edge, before Colby Preston made the score 4-0 with a hit that brought Whittaker home. A single to center field by Jake Galletti allowed Preston to round the bases, followed by another single to center off the bat of Michael Doerr for a 6-0 advantage. After a pair of passed balls advanced Doerr to third, a fielder’s choice from Brandon Leary rounded out the scoring and left Spanish Springs up 7-0.
A walk was the only blemish in the top of the second for Whittaker before the hosts went back to work from the dish. While the 7-spot in the first was nice, the second trip to the plate would be much nicer for Spanish Springs.
A double by Eastland led the rally off followed by a pair of walks to McHenry and Whittaker to load the bases to set up what would be a nine-run inning. With the bases full, Preston dropped in a bloop single over the second baseman for a run. Back-to-back singles from Galletti and Doerr tacked on two more runs, followed by a pair of errors that tacked on another two to leave Spanish Springs ahead 12-0.
Stepping to the plate for the second time in the inning, Eastland roped a double over the head of Silver State’s center fielder to clear the bases for a 15-0 score. An error added the last run of the inning to leave the scoreboard reading 16-0 in Spanish Springs’ favor.
Silver State looked poised to start its own rally in the top of the third, but the chance fizzled.
After the inning started off with a walk and pair of singles to load the sacks with no outs, a pair of strikeouts from Spanish Springs reserve Nate Hutson quickly changed the inning’s outlook. Silver State pushed a run across on a hit from Kobe Grassi, but the run would prove to be their lone score of the game.
Spanish Springs would add six runs to its total in the bottom of the third, highlighted by a two-RBI triple off the bat of McHenry. Following a walk to start the fourth, Hutson struck out three to end the game.