Spanish Springs won both of its games on Saturday, wrapping up its stint in the Mike Bearman Memorial Tournament.
The Cougars (4-1, 0-0) go to Wooster on Tuesday for the 4A North opener. First pitch is at 3:45 p.m.
Spanish Springs 4, Reed 3
Connor Culp did not allow a run in the final 1.2 innings on Saturday night at Reed and picked up the save in a narrow 4-3 non-league win over the Raiders.
He ended the game with his only strikeout of the night as the tying run stood on third.
Colton Forman (2-for-3, double, two RBIs), Marlin Brucato (2-for-3, double, RBI, two runs) and Josh Prizina (2-for-3, double) were responsible for six of Spanish Springs’ seven hits.
Forman’s RBI double in the top of the fourth gave the Cougs a 4-1 lead.
The deficit remained at three until Jon Pinto (2-for-3, home run, triple, two RBIs) led off the bottom of the sixth with a solo home run. Vinny Fillapone (1-for-3, run) later reached on a single, advanced to third on an error, and pulled the hosts within one on a Lincoln Turner RBI groundout.
Culp then closed the door.
David Goodman was charged with the loss for the Raiders. He gave up four runs on five hits over five innings with two walks and a strikeout.
Spanish Springs 8, Central Catholic 2
Jordan Santos allowed just one solo home run and walked one batter over five innings on Saturday morning to pick up the win in Saturday morning’s 8-2 victory Central Catholic (Modesto, Calif.) at Reno.
The Cougs led 3-1 going to the bottom of the third, where they put up five runs. They had four hits in the inning (all singles) and benefited from three walks, two errors and a passed ball. In total, Spanish Springs drew nine walks.
Spanish Springs actually finished with two fewer hits than runs scored in the win. Dawson Martin (2-for-3, RBI, run) and Donte Smith (2-for-3, RBI, two runs) accounted for half of the six knocks.
Casey Miller threw the final two innings, allowing one run on one hit while striking out two.
Raiders routed in weekend finale
Reed ran out of gas on Saturday night at home against Douglas.
The 11-4 loss ended a stretch of five games in three days to open the season. The Raiders went 2-3 in the five contests.
Douglas scored three runs in the first, three in the third and took advantage of five errors and seven walks.
Designated hitter Joey Brown went 3-for-3 with a triple and a run scored in the loss. Jett Brook hit a two-run pinch hit double in the bottom of the sixth to cap the Raiders’ scoring.
Reed opens 4A North play on Tuesday at home against Damonte Ranch.
Sparks finishes 3-1 in Lovelock
Sparks split its two games in Lovelock on Saturday to finish the opening weekend at 3-1.
The Railroaders (3-1, 0-0) also went 3-1 in the same tournament last year before winning just one game the rest of the way.
Sparks starts 3A North play Friday, March 24, at home against Lowry.
Lovelock 6, Sparks 5
Lovelock’s walk-off sac fly in the bottom of the seventh ended Sparks’ comeback attempt and handed the Railroaders their first loss of the season.
The defeat on Saturday afternoon at Lovelock came after Sparks battled back from a 5-2 hole in the third inning.
Sparks 8, Virginia City 7
A three-run seventh inning pulled the 1A Muckers within a run on Saturday morning.
Matt Longland then came on in relief and preserved the win with a pair of strikeouts.