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Sparks softball falls twice
by Tribune Staff
Mar 16, 2013 | 2167 views | 0 0 comments | 2 2 recommendations | email to a friend | print
The Sparks High softball team came out on the short end of a pair of Division 1A North crossover games at Dayton Saturday. Sparks was drilled 12-0 in five innings by Fallon and then ripped 10-1 by Dayton.

Against Fallon, Sparks made five errors and gave up six unearned runs. Greenwave pitching limited the Railroaders to four hits in the double-digit defeat.

"We spotted them a lot of runs," Sparks coach Frank Avilla said. "We did hit the ball, but just right at them. We made good contact. Fallon is versatile and a good team. They took advantage of our mistakes.

In the SHS crew's second game of the day, it could not handle the pitching work of Dayton's Makayla Shadle. The Dust Devils' hard-throwing hurler limited Sparks to just two hits and she struck out 16 Railroaders.

Marissa Cossio and Madison Franco had the two Sparks hits.

Still, the game was tight most of the way. Sparks was down just three runs, 4-1, after five innings. Dayton then tacked on six runs in its final two at bats.

"Shadle is good. She throws hard," Avilla said of the Dayton pitching ace. "To be honest, we were a little intimidated. So we're still a work in progress ... But we're shoring up our defense. Now we've got to work on our offense and hitting quicker pitching. The girls are willing to learn. I'm still excited for our future."

Sparks is in action again Wednesday when it hosts Wooster in a non-league twin bill at SHS. First pitch of Game 1 is scheduled for 2 p.m.

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