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Cougars unravel in sixth, fall to Carson
by Tribune Staff
Apr 10, 2013 | 1698 views | 0 0 comments | 4 4 recommendations | email to a friend | print
photo courtesy Shannon Litz/ Nevada Appeal - Spanish Springs starting pitcher Nikk Audenreid worked five innings of one-hit scoreless baseball, striking out six. In spite of the sterling performance, he took a no decision as his Cougars lost 4-3.
photo courtesy Shannon Litz/ Nevada Appeal - Spanish Springs starting pitcher Nikk Audenreid worked five innings of one-hit scoreless baseball, striking out six. In spite of the sterling performance, he took a no decision as his Cougars lost 4-3.
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Through five innings of Wednesday night's tournament tilt, the Spanish Springs Cougars looked well on their way to advancing into the championship game of their annual spring break tourney.

The SSHS gang had shut down Carson on the CHS campus, but it could not close out the final two innings, getting saddled with a 4-3 tournament loss.

Carson erased a 3-0 Spanish Springs lead with four unearned runs in the bottom of the sixth inning Wednesday night.

With one out, Senators No. 8 hitter Cody Schmidlin reached on an error in right field and Casey Wolfe followed with a single. A walk to leadoff hitter TJ Thomsen saturated the sacks for the hosts.

Dom Norton hit a sacrifice fly to get Carson within two runs, 3-1, but that left two outs. Gehrig Tucker drew a walk to force in another run and trim the Cougars' led to 3-2. Next, CHS cleanup hitter Luke Maher hit a deep fly ball to right field that was dropped for a second error in the inning. That allowed Thomsen and Tucker to circle the sacks and forge Carson on top 4-3.

The two teams were scoreless through four innings. Spanish Springs pushed across all three of its runs in the fifth. Alex Moreno reached on a fielder's choice. With two outs, Shannon Kelly singled. Both scored later in the frame on a Matt Mannens single. Mannens proceeded to steal second base and he came plateward on a Kenny Semenko single.

Spanish Springs outhit Carson 6-2, but was done in by the two costly errors in right field.

Nikk Audenreid got the start for Spanish Springs and worked five one-hit innings, striking out six and walking one. Hunter Pinto took the tough-luck loss for the Cougars. He was tagged with the four unearned runs despite giving up just one hit in two innings.

The tournament takes a day off Thursday and wraps up Friday. Spanish Springs (12-5) plays Douglas at 11 a.m. at home. The winner advances to meet Carson at 2 p.m., also at SSHS, in the tournament title tilt at 2 p.m.

Reed (12-9) dropped its second Wednesday tournament game to Douglas, 4-3, after beating South Tahoe 18-0 in five innings earlier in the day. Further details were unavailable.
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