Despite the mercy-rule shortened final, the contest was close through three innings with Wooster holding a slight 1-0 advantage.
Unfortunately for the Railroaders, an on-field injury seemed to turn the tide of the one-run contest as a line drive broke the nose of Sparks third baseman Riely Regas.
“The score doesn’t represent what we went through,” Sparks coach Frank Avilla said. “It was a very emotional game today. It was scary to see that happen.
“The kids were really prepared at the beginning of the game and before this happened, it was a 1-0 game and the kids were competing very well. We were playing well and it was just an unfortunate thing that happened. They happened to hit the ball right at her and she got her hand up, but it hit her thumb and then her face. I’m not taking anything away from Wooster, but it was just unfortunate that it happened. With the situation that happened today, that’s something that makes you realize the game is just a game.”
Following the injury, the Colts sent nine consecutive runs home in the bottom of the fourth to bring the score to 9-0. Wooster added another run in the fifth to enforce the mercy rule.
Sparks (11-11, 7-3) will return to Division I-A North play as it host Mount Rose League foe Truckee for a doubleheader Wednesday. Game 1 is set for 3 p.m.
“We just have to continue to stay at it,” Avilla said. “We have to stay at it. The kids are really motivated and excited. We just have to keep improving. They’re just playing the game and continue to keep working hard. If they continue to do that, good things will happen.”