Ryan Anderson struck out 13 batters over six innings Thursday afternoon at North Valleys, leading the Cougs to a 10-3 win.
With the victory, the Cougs improved 9-1, 5-0 in the DI North and now sit alone atop the league standings. They entered the day tied for first with Reed, but the Raiders fell at home to Wooster. North Valleys (0-5, 0-5) remained winless.
Anderson improved to 3-0 on the young season, allowing three earned runs on three hits and walking three batters. In his three starts this season, Anderson has allowed four runs on four hits over 17.2 innings. He’s struck out 35 batters.
The Cougs outhit the Panthers 14-3 in the win, including a 4-for-4 afternoon from Joey Arterburn—all his hits were singles.
The game was tied at three after three innings before Spanish Springs scored four times in the fourth and two more times in the fifth.
In the game-deciding fourth inning, two runs scored on wild pitches and Daulton O’Connell ripped an RBI single before coming around to score on a Noah Parks groundout to second.
In the sixth, Carson McCusker led the inning off with a triple and scored the next at bat when Alan Lummel drove a double to center, stretching the lead to 8-3. Lummel (2-for-4, 3 runs) scored two batters later on an Arterburn RBI single.
The Cougs added an unearned run in the seventh, the final run of the afternoon.
Casey Miller took over for Anderson in the seventh and shut the door with a scoreless frame, striking out a pair.
McCusker (2-for-4, HR, 2 RBI) blasted a two-run home run to right-center in the top of the first. The Cougars added one more in the second to stretch the lead to 3-0 before the Panthers scored all three of their runs in the bottom of the third.
Spanish Springs will finish the regular-season series with North Valleys at home on Saturday morning. First pitch is at 11 a.m.
Wooster hands Reed first loss in convincing fashion
By Mike Bradley, reporting intern
Reed fell victim to the bats of Wooster on Thursday afternoon and suffered its first loss of the season, 14-6.
With the home defeat, the Raiders fell to 9-1, 4-1 in the DI North. The Colts improved to 4-6, 1-4 in the DI North.
“Boy, [Wooster] sat back and pounded the ball against us all game long and it gets tough when the hitting is contagious like that,” Reed coach John Phenix said. “Hopefully, next game we can get ahead in the count more.”
The Raiders scored six runs in the first three innings but couldn’t keep up.
Wooster tallied a whopping 19 hits opposed to Reed’s eight. Both teams committed two errors.
The Raiders led 6-3 after the third inning, before Wooster rallied with two runs in the fourth, three in the fifth, then exploded for six insurance runs in the sixth.
Reed used four pitchers in the game, including Lincoln Turner, Austin Johnson, Cameron Beard and Jared Gallegos. Turner started and was charged with three earned runs over 3.1 innings.
Reed will attempt to earn a regular-season split with Wooster on Saturday morning (11 a.m.), at Wooster.