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Spanish Springs all stars cruise in regional opener
by Tribune Staff
Jul 30, 2009 | 1066 views | 0 0 comments | 12 12 recommendations | email to a friend | print
The lone Rail City youth baseball all-star team still competing into the final week of July picked up another victory Thursday night. The Spanish Springs Cal Ripken 11-year-old, 70-feet all-stars trounced Silver State 17-6 in its opening pool play clash at the Pacific Southwest Regional Tournament in Fallon.

The game was shortened to four innings after the local squad put the 10-run mercy rule into effect.

Spanish Springs, the Nevada state champion, found itself facing a 3-0 deficit as it came up in the bottom of the second, but it seemed unfazed. Spanish Springs put up nine runs in the second inning and eight more in the third to account for the offensive romp.

Noah Parks worked the first three innings on the hill for Spanish Springs, limiting Silver State to five runs and five hits. He struck out one and walked one to collect the pitching win.

Spanish Springs Parker Kittilsen blasted a two-run homer to highlight the Sparks team's nine-run outburst in the second frame. Parks was 2-for-2 at the plate with a double. He also drove in five runs.

"I was happy with the way the kids started swinging the bats and seeing the ball in the second inning," Spanish Springs coach Damon O'Connell said. "After we got a couple runners on, you could tell. The kids really livened up .... It's nice to get that first win and just worry about what's up next."

Spanish Springs, which will play three pool games, plays tourney host Fallon today at 4:30 p.m.

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