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Spanish Springs sweeps Carson
by Tribune Staff
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Nevada Appeal/Shannon Litz -- Spanish Springs first baseman Chase Hauder takes a pickoff throw while Gehrig Tucker gets back to the bag Saturday.
Nevada Appeal/Shannon Litz -- Spanish Springs first baseman Chase Hauder takes a pickoff throw while Gehrig Tucker gets back to the bag Saturday.
Spanish Springs couldn’t beat Carson during its own Spring Break tournament. However, pulling off a league doubleheader sweep Saturday was far from a challenge for the Cougars as they won 7-2 and 13-5.

Matt Mannens got the Cougars off on the right foot Saturday, opening the first game with a leadoff home run. The Cougars would never trail on the day.

In the top of the second with one out, Hunter Pinto singled and moved up to second on an infield groundout. SSHS pitcher Gehrig Parks, who went the distance on the mound for the victory, helped his cause by driving in Pinto from second base.

The Cougars took a 3-0 lead in the third on a sacrifice fly by Jeff McCusker.

Carson finally got on the board in the bottom of the third for the first of its two runs off Parks, on an RBI single by Gehrig Tucker. Parks scattered four hits over seven innings, walking three and striking out eight.

Spanish Springs got two more runs in the fourth frame. Pinto led off with a single, but the Senators recorded back-to-back outs before the Cougars were able to rally.

A walk to Shannon Kelly kept the inning going and Mannens knocked in both runners with a double, increasing the lead to 5-1.

In the fifth, McCusker doubled and was homeward bound on a Pinto RBI single.

Kelly started the sixth with a single and later made it 7-1 on an error.

The Senators got their final run in the bottom half of the sixth when Cody Schmidlin doubled in a run.

Pinto went 3-for-3 with two runs scored and an RBI, while Mannens drove in three runs with his 2-for-3 performance.

Game 2 wasn’t much better for the host Senators.

Spanish Springs opened the game with a three-run first, but watched Carson whittle that lead down to 4-3 by the end of the third inning.

It was still a one-run game after five innings, 5-4. But the Cougars exploded for six runs in the seventh inning to put the game out of reach.

Garrett Covington earned the win on the mound after allowing three runs on nine hits over four innings of work. He walked one and struck out one in a game that featured plenty of hitting.

Leading the way at the plate for the Cougs was Lucas Jones, who went 3-for-4 with two runs and two RBI.

Mannens again finished with two hits, along with McCusker and Jake Haley. Haley drove in two runs with a solo homer and a double, while Mannens, Alex Moreno, McCusker, Pinto and Kelly each had an RBI.

Carson outhit Spanish Springs 13-12 in the second game and was led by Luke Maher’s 4-for-4 effort. He scored two runs and drove in another. Tucker, Zak Harjes and Dom Norton each added two hits and an RBI. T.J. Thomsen was 2-for-3 with a triple and two runs scored.

Spanish Springs (22-7, 16-4) closes out the season against cross-town rival Reed.
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