The Cougars wasted no time getting on the scoreboard as they batted through the order to start the game, posting three runs in the bottom of the first.
Myrissa Prince started things off for the Purple and Silver with an infield single followed by a single into left field from Karlie Merritt. Kayla Arterburn then reached base safely on a dropped third strike to set the table for Sadye Roulund, who delivered with a bases-clearing double to the gap in left-center field.
From there, both offenses struggled momentarily.
In the top of the third, Wooster pushed a run across the plate to cut the margin to 3-1, but neither side was able to capitalize with its next turn at the dish as SSHS left the bases juiced in the bottom half of the third, followed by the Colts stranding runners on second and third the next frame.
Still holding a 3-1 advantage, Spanish Springs (7-1) revived its offense in the bottom half of the fourth.
Prince again got things going for the Cougars, this time with a single back up the middle. A bunt by Merritt left both runners safe as an errant throw to first ended up in right field, leaving runners on the corners. Merritt then got in an intentional run-down between first and second, giving Prince plenty of time to score. The throw home advanced Merritt to third, where a sacrifice fly from Brette Lawrence brought her home for a 5-1 advantage.
Three straight singles from Arterburn, Roulund and Megan Archer once again left the sacs full, setting Bayley Broadwater up for a two-RBI single that left the Cougars on top 7-1 and in cruise control to the eventual 9-2 victory.
Wooster added a run in top of the sixth, but the Lady Cougs responded with a pair in the bottom half. A sac fly by Autumn Alexander plated Archer, followed by another intentional run-down that scored an SSHS runner from third, this time with Alyx Penrod scoring as Broadwater got caught in the pickle.
Roulund led the SSHS effort at the plate, capping the day off 3-for-4, including a double and three RBI. Archer went 2-for-3 while Prince was 2-for-4.
In the circle for the Cougars, Ally Batastini went the distance earning the win with eight strikeouts, four hits, four walks and two runs earned.
Although Spanish Springs coach Jeff Davidson was pleased his team came away with the win, he said there were plenty of opportunities the Cougars left out on the field as SSHS stranded nine runners during the game while also committing two errors.
“We had some really good at-bats today and then we had some at-bats that weren’t so good,” he said. “We need a better mental approach when they go to the plate because every time you go to the plate, it’s a different situation. You have to be thinking about what your job is depending on the circumstances and sometimes we didn’t do that.
“Defensively I thought we didn’t play our best game. There were a couple of instances where we had an opportunity to back-pick some runners and we didn’t take advantage of that. They played well overall, but I just thought today they didn’t play the best game that they’re capable of playing.”
The Cougars will look to put together that complete game as they host Hug for a Division I north doubleheader today. Game 1 is set to begin at 11 a.m. with the second contest slated for 1 p.m.
“I just want to see solid defense and aggressive at-bats,” Davidson said in preparation for the twin bill. “I want to see when they’re up at the plate, they’re aggressive on a good pitch.”