By Mike Bradley, reporting intern
Spanish Springs swept North Valleys in a home doubleheader on Saturday with the help of senior Hayley Fein’s pitching.
The Cougars are now 7-3, 4-1 in the DI North. The Panthers (0-9, 0-6) are still searching for their first win of the year.
Spanish Springs will now go on the road for a pivotal early matchup at Reno on Thursday. First pitch is at 3:45 p.m.
Spanish Springs 10, North Valleys 0=
North Valleys felt the wrath of Fein in the first game as they fell victim to a no-hitter.
“Hayley pitched fantastic,” Spanish Springs coach Jeff Davidson said. “We were really smacking that ball too so I’m happy to see that. We missed a few base running signs and could work on defense, but we’ll get there.”
Spanish Springs didn’t get the bats rolling until the second inning when they put up two runs. The Cougs would go on to score six insurance runs in the third and two more in the sixth.
Spanish Springs finished with 15 hits and zero errors while North Valleys had zero hits and helped the Cougs with six errors. Cougar sophomore Amidori Anderson went 3-for-3.
North Valleys’ pitcher Madison Nicholson gave up ten runs and threw one strikeout with four walks in her complete-game loss. A walk was Fein’s lone flaw.
Spanish Springs 8, North Valleys 1
Fein and Nicholson continued on the mound for their teams in game two of Saturday’s doubleheader.
The Cougars struck in the first with Fein’s two-run double.
After an empty second inning, North Valleys scored their lone run of the day off a fielder’s’ choice put in play by Faith McCuskey, but Spanish Springs bounced back with two runs of their own to put them up 4-1 going into the fourth. The Cougars added one more run in the following inning then three runs in the fifth to take a commanding seven-run lead.
The Panthers finished with five hits while the Cougs reeled in 11. Both teams had two errors.
Fein gave up one unearned run in another complete-game win. She also struck out 11 and walked four. Nicholson gave up eight runs with one strikeout and zero walks.
Raiders pick up two wins at Hug
The Raiders picked up a couple victories at Hug on Saturday to remain undefeated early in the campaign.
Reed, which started last season 24-0, improved to 11-0, 6-0 in the DI North. The Hawks remained winless.
Reed will look to remain undefeated on Thursday when it hosts Galena (5-4, 4-2) at 3:45 p.m.
Reed 18, Hug 0
Aliya Lange and Kathy Delgado combined to throw a five-inning no hitter in Saturday’s first game.
Lange, Reed’s No. 2 pitcher, threw the first four innings before Delgado, the No. 3 pitcher, finished the job in the fifth.
Reed 7, Hug 0 (forfeit)
Hug only had nine players going into Saturday’s doubleheader. One of whom got sick in the first game of the day and was unable to play in the nightcap.
Because the Hawks were left with eight players, they had to forfeit to second game.
Sparks falls twice at South Tahoe
The Railroaders dropped both ends of a DI-A North doubleheader at South Tahoe on Saturday afternoon.
With the 9-6 and 6-3 losses, Sparks dropped to 1-8, 1-8. The Vikings improved to 4-5, 4-5.
Sparks will host Truckee (3-7, 0-6) on Tuesday at 3 p.m.
South Tahoe 9, Sparks 6
The Railroaders led 6-1 after three and a half innings in Saturday’s second game only to allow nine unanswered runs over the final three frames.
Sparks was outhit 8-6 in the weekend-ending loss. Five of the Vikings hits went or extra bases. The guests were also hurt by striking out 13 times.
South Tahoe 6, Sparks 3
The Railroaders trailed just 4-3 after four innings. However, they weren’t able to draw even. The Vikings added a pair of insurance runs in the bottom of the sixth.