The Spanish Springs 12-year-olds did Nevada proud late Monday night, rolling to a 15-2 victory over Ogden #2 (Northern Utah #2) in the first round of the double-elimination tourney.
Tanner Smith pitched five innings, allowing one earned run, while striking out six. He also added two hits at the plate. Ryan Greenwell pitched the final inning for Nevada.
Offensively, Nevada rapped out 16 hits as a team. Logan Cox and Dawson Martin each had three hits, while Tyler Schricker and Derek Mannens contributed two apiece.
“Everyone hit well. I was real proud of them, especially since they were a little rusty early on after the trip,” Spanish Springs 12-year-olds manager Wayne Smith said.
Nevada is off tomorrow, but will face host Taylorsville, Utah Wednesday night at 7:30 p.m.
•The Spanish Springs 10-year-olds picked up a tough draw for the first game of a double-elimination tournament and their backs are already up against the wall at the Pacific Southwest Regional tournament in Long Beach, Calif.
Alex Van Dyne pitched three scoreless innings for Nevada. But when manager Brad Durski turned to the bullpen in the fourth frame, it led to a couple t-ball innings in a 17-3 loss to Simi Valley (Southern California) Monday night.
“We had a couple errors in the outfield and a couple errors in the infield. Next thing you know it’s 10-3,” Durski said. “They added seven more runs in the fifth inning and 10-runned us.”
Nevada will try to stay alive at regionals with a losers’ bracket battle against Vernal (Southern Utah), which lost to Phoenix. First pitch is scheduled for 6:30 p.m. tonight.
•The Spanish Springs 9-year-olds had a tough go of it on the first day of their regional tournament, also held in Long Beach, Calif.
Nevada drew Oxnard, the representative of Southern California, in pool play Monday and was saddled with a 20-0 defeat.
“We were nervous and had a hard time throwing strikes,” Spanish Springs 9-year-olds manager Kevin Wilmot said.
Nevada used seven pitchers in the game in hopes of saving their arms for today’s game against Copper Hills (Southern Utah). First pitch is slated for 11 a.m.