Spanish Springs rolled to a pair of mercy-rule-shortened home wins over Carson on Saturday afternoon.
The Cougars, who have won their last three contests by an aggregate score of 40-3, now sit at 6-2, 3-0 just one week into 4A North play. The Senators sunk to 2-6, 1-2 after besting Reno in their 4A North opener.
Now riding a five-game winning streak, Spanish Springs hosts Douglas on Thursday.
Spanish Springs 12, Carson 2 (5 innings)
Kaylah House threw a complete game and the Spanish Springs bats smacked 11 hits in Saturday’s final game.
House, a freshman, allowed two runs on six hits while striking out four to pick up the five-inning victory.
Ryan Hauder was only credited with one official at bat (she also recorded a sacrifice and walked once), but she made it count, ripping a two-run inside-the-park homerun in the bottom of the fifth. Rylee Retzer went 2-for-3 with a double, an RBI and a run scored. Alysa Micone finished 2-for-4 with a double, an RBI and two runs scored.
Carson scratched a run across in the first. Spanish Springs answered with three in the bottom of the first, two in the second and four in the third.
The Senators committed six errors.
Spanish Springs 11, Carson 1 (6 innings)
Like they would do in the second game of Saturday’s doubleheader, the Senators pushed a run across in the top of the first.
Like they would do in the nightcap, Spanish Springs answered with a deluge of runs. The Cougars scored two in the first and added at least one run each at-bat until plating three in the bottom of the sixth to end the game.
The lone run charged to Mirinda Nichols was unearned. She went the distance, allowing just two hits and striking out six.
Freshman Kilee Pender batted in the No. 9 hole and went 2-for-3 with a home run, three RBIs and scored twice. Alyssa Micone, another freshman, finished 2-for-4 with two triples (3 RBIs, one run) including what amounted to the walk-off RBI triple in the bottom of the sixth.
Reed swept at Bishop Manogue
Reed hasn’t lost many softball games the last handful of years.
The four-time reigning regional champs lost just seven regional games the last three years and two all last season. They matched that total on Saturday alone.
The Raiders (5-2-1, 1-2) went Bishop Manogue (6-1, 2-0) and got swept.
Reed will try to rebound next Saturday in a home doubleheader against Douglas.
Bishop Manogue 15, Reed 4 (6 innings)
Saturday’s final contest was knotted at 2-2 going the bottom of the third. The Miners broke it open with a six spot followed three more runs in the bottom of the fourth.
Bianca Betereno (2-for-3, double, run) was the only Raiders with more than one hit. Jessica Sellers went 1-for-3 with a solo home run.
Bishop Manogue 9, Reed 8
A 7-0 deficit through four innings proved insurmountable for the Raiders in Saturday’s first contest.
Reed scored four times in the fifth and four times in the sixth, but the Miners’ two-run bottom of the fifth ultimately accounted for the final one-run difference.
The Miners blasted four home runs in the win.