Aside a from a brief lapse, the Spanish Springs baseball team played like the top team in the North.
Which it is.
Ryan Anderson rang up 13 strikeouts as the Cougars took a 10-3 win over North Valleys on Thursday at North Valleys.
Spanish Springs improved to 5-0 in league, 9-1 overall. With Wooster beating Reed, 14-6, on Thursday, the Cougars are atop the Division I standings.
Anderson, who will play for Nevada in the fall, rang up 13 strikeouts with three walks and allowed three hits in six innings. Casey Miller pitched one inning in relief and got two strikeouts.
“We’re getting better with every game. Practices have been good, crisp,” Anderson said. “I think we’re going to keep rolling.”
Anderson ran into a little trouble in the third inning. With the Cougars ahead 3-0, North Valleys got two runners on, via bunt and walk, then A.J. Dennis ripped a sharp grounder over the bag at first for a triple. The Panthers added one on a sacrifice fly by Logan Rumbaugh to tie it at 3-3.
The Cougars answered quickly though, scoring fours times in the top of the fourth.
“I’m just looking forward to us bonding as a team and getting some wins. I think we’re going to be really good this year if we just work together and play as a team,” Anderson said.
Spanish Springs coach Ben Hofmann said the Cougars are not looking too far ahead. They play the Panthers again at 11 a.m. Saturday.
“They’re a good ballclub, well-coached, so our job right now is to concentrate on getting one on Saturday and taking one from here on out,” Hofmann said. “If you play defense, score some runs, you always give your pitchers a chance to win.”
Zach Martin started on the mound for North Valleys and allowed 11 hits with four strikeouts.
Joey Arterburn was 4-for-4 and Alan Lummel was 2-for-4 with three runs scored. Carson McCusker was 2-for-4 with 2 RBIs.
A.J. Dennis was 1-for-3 and had 2 RBIs for the Panthers.
North Valleys coach John Pinto said he is missing a few players, but he is confident the Panthers will improve as they gain experience.
“Between the two of them, they’re missing seven league games. That hurts. So we’ve got guys playing out of position,” Pinto said. “We’ve had eight hits in the last three games. That’s not going to cut it. We’ve got to swing the bat.”
North Valleys fell to 0-5.
Also Thursday, Douglas beat Bishop Manogue, 3-2 in eight innings on a single by Isaiah Schat with the bases loaded.
Reno beat Damonte Ranch, 9-2, as Connor Allard was 2-for-4 with 2 RBIs. Duncan Wilmot, Ryan Boucher and Hayes Riedemann also each had two hits for the Huskies. Mickey Coyne got the win, allowing eight hits and getting four strikeouts in five innings.
For Damonte, Jesse Knorzer was 3-for-3 and Tyler Oscarson and Weston Lord each had two hits.
Galena beat Hug, 11-0, as Travis Bohall and Jared Kiessling each drove in two runs. Kiessling, Austin Wickham and Andrew West each had two hits.
Carson beat McQueen, 5-1.