There’s a good reason the Spanish Springs baseball team is perfect in league play.
The Cougars never stop battling. McQueen led 9-3 after five innings. But the Cougars proceeded to score 15 runs over the next two innings and take an 18-9 win Saturday at McQueen.
Josh Prizina was 3-for-4 with 2 RBIs. The junior had a double triple and a home run. Carson McCusker and Dalton O’Connell were each 3-for-5. In addition to Prizina, O’Connell and Alan Lummel had home runs as Spanish Springs improved to 9-0 in league.
“Hitting’s contagious, at the high school level especially,” Spanish Springs coach Ben Hofmann said. “Guys started hitting. Chase Lee had a big double and it opened the floodgates.”
Lee’s double in the sixth inning, went under the fence in center and drove in one run.
“Momentum is contagious in the dugout,” Hofmann said. “(McQueen) had it early and they did a great job early and we got it late and answered back.”
He said the Cougars did not have good at-bats early in the game.
Casey Miller was solid in two innings of relief pitching. He allowed one hit and struck out one to get the save.
“The goal, up and down, whatever league you’re playing in, the goal is to get into the bullpen,” Hofmann said. “Every single day we get a ‘W’ is a great day. It’s so hard to win in Northern Nevada.”
Prizina said it was good to see the offensive support. He said usually the defense leads the way for the Cougars.
“Our bats picked us up,” Prizina said. “We kind of just adjusted and went gap to gap after that and that’s where we had our success.”
He said it was good to see that the Cougars can get back into games, even after facing a big deficit.
“It was a challenge for us because we’re usually not in that situation. It was good to see what we can do,” Prizina said.
Nelson Padilla had a home run the Lancers, who dropped to 2-7. Ty Hutton, Drew Clark and Joel Seth were each 3-for-4 for the Lancers. Seth started on the mound and pitched well, allowing five hits and three runs in five innings.
The Lancers had 14 hits in the game, to 15 for the Cougars.
“You can’t blow a six-run lead,” McQueen coach Spenser Downie said. “We hit well. We pitched well and then we pulled our starter because of the pitch limit. Guys have got to come in and get the job done for us…. We have to be mentally tougher than that.”
McQueen plays at Spanish Springs on Tuesday.
Downie said the Lancers have to put Saturday’s loss behind them.
“We’ve go to build off our 14 hits and go back to work on Monday,” he said. “It’s hard to lose a game when you have 14 hits.”
In other games Saturday, Weston Lord was 3-for-3 with a home run and 3 RBIs as Damonte Ranch beat Wooster, 15-5.
Shawn Florence was 2-for-3 with 3 RBIs for the Colts.
Jacob Applebach was also 3-for-3 and Tyler Oscarson was 2-for-3. Oscarson, Trever Schryer and Zack Jensen each had 2 RBIs.
Galena beat North Valleys, 6-1, and Travis Bohall and Austin Wickham each went 2-for-3. Bohall drove in two runs. Dawson Campos got the win, scattering three hits Brendan Talonen was 2-for-3 for the Panthers.
Reed beat Hug, 19-2 as John Pinto, Parker Houston and Austin Beard each hit home runs. Beard had 4 RBIs and Tayton Clabaugh drove in three.
Reno beat Douglas, 11-0, as Duncan Wilmot scattered three hits. Reno’s Conor Allard went 2-for-4 with 3 RBIs.
In softball games Saturday,
Reed swept Douglas 4-1 and 14-4 at Reed to remain undefeated at 9-0 in league, 15-0 overall.
Reno’s Peyton Reynolds hit a home run in the second game as the Huskies split with McQueen.
The Lancers won the first game, 2-1 and the Huskies won the second, 8-1. Reed plays at Reno on April 23.
Damonte Ranch swept Hug, 17-0 and 30-0.