Guam out-hit Spanish Springs by an 11-8 margin, but made the gap on the scoreboard much larger. Guam helped its cause by turning a pair of double plays in the six-inning romp.
“We had guys on. We really did,” Spanish Springs coach Todd Mosman said. “Guam just played solid defense and made plays. We had our opportunities. We just couldn’t get the runs across.”
Guam jumped out to a 5-0 lead after three innings and never trailed. Spanish Springs pushed across its lone run in the top of inning four, but Guam responded with five more runs of its own to blow the game open.
Spanish Springs, which is hosting the tournament at its Eagle Canyon complex, will face Taylorsville, Utah tonight at 6 p.m. in its final pool contest. A win would advance Spanish Springs into the championship bracket, which starts Saturday.
“I just had a talk with the kids,” Mosman said after Thursday’s lopsided loss. “I told them when they get to the parking lot, this one is over. They have to come back tomorrow ready to play. What else can you say?”
On Wednesday night, Spanish Springs watched a 10-3 lead evaporate against North Phoenix, the Arizona state champion. North Phoenix battled back from the large margin and forged ahead 13-10.
However, that did not faze Spanish Springs. With two outs and down to its last strike, the local squad rallied. Spanish Springs saw six straight hitters reach safely and four of them scored to steal the 14-13 triumph.